Ningbo International Communication Center unveiled, a new window for foreign exchanges

Ningbo International Communication Center is one of the first international communication centers in Zhejiang Province, China, May 8, 2024. /NICC

Ningbo International Communication Center is one of the first international communication centers in Zhejiang Province, China, May 8, 2024. /NICC

Ningbo International Communication Center (NICC), one of the first international communication centers in east China’s Zhejiang Province, was unveiled on Wednesday. 

The NICC will focus on “NB-PLUS,” to serve foreign exchanges, cultivate foreign exchange industries, and promote the integration of industrial chains, innovation chains and production chains. 

At the unveiling ceremony, the “Opportunity China • Dialogue with World” platform was launched. More than 150 Chinese-foreign cultural exchange activities in 12 categories such as performances, books, exhibitions and archives are planned this year. 

The exchange program “Read China • New Youth” was also launched, linking more than 30 countries and regions such as the United States, Britain, Germany, Central and Eastern Europe, and building a platform for exchanges and interaction among young people from the port city of Ningbo and overseas. 

Professor Jon Garibaldi, provost of University of Nottingham Ningbo China, said: “This is a great opportunity for both China and the UK. At present, we have cooperated with China to establish a campus and carry out teaching. I would like to take advantage of this opportunity to allow us both to have more research and cooperation in the future. This opportunity allows me to see a very bright future.”

Video congratulations were sent by Irina Bokova, former director-general of UNESCO, Georgios Papandreou, former prime minister of Greece, Long Yongtu, former secretary-general of the Boao Forum, and Maitre Khalid EL Fataoui, president of the Moroccan Chinese Association for Cultural and Economic Revitalization.

Over 200 Chinese and foreign guests, including Evandro Carvalho, recipient of the Chinese Government Friendship Award and director of the Research Collective for Brazil-China Studies, and Vincent Lemarchand, honorary citizen of Ningbo and president of the Rouen-Ningbo Friendship Committee, attended the event.