CATTI signs agreement with Ethiopia's Addis Ababa University

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On March 8, CATTI Management center, CIPG and the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia held a grand "cloud signing" ceremony. 

Min Yi, director general of CIPG Personnel Department and CATTI Executive Office, Wang Jiyu, president of CIPG CATTI Management Center, Wang Fei, vice director of CIPG CATTI Center, Jiang Ping, general manager of CIPG CATTI Management Center, Feng Jingyi, deputy general manager of CIPG CATTI Management Center, Tassew Weldehanna (Prof), president of AAU, Dr. Ahmed Hassen, director of External Relations, Partnerships and Communications of AAU, and Dr. Belay Hagos Hailu, director of Institute of Educational Research (IER) and Supervisor of Testing Center of AAU attended the signing ceremony. Other attendees include professor Ge Yajun and professor Yang Ying, representatives of CATTI Experts Committee, and person in charge of relevant departments of CIPG Personnel Department, CIPG CATTI Center, and Addis Ababa University.

Meeting room of the signing ceremony in Beijing [Photo courtesy of CATTI]

Ms. Min Yi and Prof. Tassew delivered speeches on behalf of both parties. Min noted that both Ethiopia and China are populous countries and ancient civilizations with thousands of years of history, exerting a great influence on the international community. Based on a long history of friendly exchanges, the two countries have established a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in recent years. This practice of cooperation marks a milestone in educational and cultural cooperation between the two countries, which is conducive to in-depth educational and cultural cooperation between the two countries and even between China and Africa, and will play a crucial role for Chinese culture entering Africa, and Ethiopian culture and African culture entering China.

Ms. Min Yi delivers speech [Photo courtesy of CATTI]

Tassew expressed his welcome and gratitude to CATTI for its first testing center in Ethiopia, noting that Ethiopia and China have established friendly relations since ancient times, and both countries have always had extensive cooperations in economic, especially industrial, and other fields. In the new era, Ethiopia also attaches great importance to cultural and academic exchanges with China. Being one of the global testing centers for CATTI International this time is a good example of the China-Africa cultural cooperation. It is hoped that this cooperation will further deepen our cultural exchanges.

Tassew delivers speech [Photo courtesy of CATTI]
Both parties sign the agreement via the Internet [Photo courtesy of CATTI]

The two parties will jointly set up a CATTI testing center in Ethiopia, promote the first large-scale test of CATTI International to be carried out in Ethiopia in June, and advance the test into the Ethiopian national education system.

Addis Ababa University, with nearly 50,000 students now, represents the best and largest comprehensive university in Ethiopia. Its well-known alumni include Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed Ali, former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and many other African dignitaries. The world-famous Lucy fossil is stored at the university's museum.

CIPG CATTI Management Center is an institution that specializes in the internationalization of translation qualification examinations in China. CATTI International, which is short for Chinese Accreditation Test for Translators and Interpreters, International, mainly focuses on accessing the bilingual ability of translators and interpreters for routine affairs as well as practice-oriented personnel of foreign languages, and is also a key project of enhancing international communication capacity. It was jointly launched by CIPG CATTI Management Center and many colleges and universities, and institutions at home and abroad in 2020. In December 2020, candidates from 55 countries including Ethiopia took the first pilot test. In June 2021, the test will be open to candidates worldwide.

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