Amazed by the nature and evolution of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), 20-year-old Rahel left an introductory lecture on the importance and historical development of TCM in awe.
“It was the first time I had heard of traditional Chinese medicine, but the fact that the Chinese were able to preserve, develop and modernize their thousands of years of traditional medicine knowledge really fascinated me,” said Rachel at Xinhua.
Rahel was one of more than 20 young, dynamic Ethiopian students who are currently studying Chinese at the Confucius Institute of Addis Ababa University (AAU) in the Ethiopian capital. They attended the introductory lecture given by members of the 23rd Chinese medical team in Ethiopia.
Addressing visibly enthusiastic students, members of the Chinese medical team briefed the students on the general concept, development and history, academic features, achievements, as well as international exchanges and cooperation on TCM, among others.
Rahel stressed the importance of organizing such awareness-themed sessions to create a bridge between Ethiopian and Chinese cultures, and eventually increase people-to-people ties between the two countries.
“I hope China’s successful experience in modernizing its traditional medicine will also be applicable in our context,” she said.
Zhang Zhiren, team leader of the 23rd Chinese medical team in Ethiopia, told the students that TCM is a traditional medical science with a unique style formed gradually through long-term medical practice, continuous accumulation and repeated summary, with an extremely rich experience of Chinese medicine. people’s long-term fight against disease.
“Today we mainly talked about the culture and important achievements of traditional Chinese medicine. Today’s lecture can show (students) the brilliant history of TCM and help you learn more about TCM and develop an interest in TCM,” Zhang said after the introductory lecture.
“Our Chinese medical team has TCM doctors and we really try to help a lot to maintain the health of the Ethiopian people here, and we show the treatments and effects of TCM to the Ethiopian people. I hope the application of TCM will be more popular here,” he said.
The 23rd Chinese medical team in Ethiopia is a continuation of the public health support that China has provided for more than four decades to the East African country.
Members of the Chinese medical team, in partnership with the AAU Confucius Institute, hold occasional conferences as part of an effort to fill the knowledge gap and share Chinese medical technology and treatments with local people, in accordance with the promotion of Chinese culture and language.
The AAU Confucius Institute, which began operations in Ethiopia in 2012, has so far registered more than 10,000 students who have completed various levels of Chinese language studies. Among them, more than 100 were able to obtain their license in Chinese language, according to the figures of the institute.
Rahel and her fellow Chinese language students emphasized the importance of studying the Chinese language as a key to understanding Chinese culture, which includes an effective understanding of TCM and its applications.
Thanks to the still thriving Sino-Ethiopian ties, interest in studying the Chinese language is growing rapidly with the opening of new operational institutes in public universities in different parts of the East African country. Final article