On 6 September 2022, Rector of the University of Banja Luka Prof. Radoslav Gajanin, PhD, organized a reception on the occasion of the end of mandate of the Chinese director of the Confucius Institute, Shen Li.
Rector Gajanin thanked Li for her outstanding contribution to the development of the Confucius Institute of the University of Banja Luka, the establishment of contacts and cooperation with Chinese companies on the domestic market, and the successful launch of the Sinology Study Programme at the Faculty of Philology. He expressed hope that the mutual cooperation will continue when she returns to China.
Li expressed her gratitude for the rector's selfless support, which she had throughout her stay in Banja Luka and at the University, as well as for the support of her team at the Confucius Institute, with whom she had excellent cooperation. She believes that this cooperation will continue in the future.
After two years spent at the Confucius Institute in Banja Luka, Shen Li is returning to China, where she will continue to work at the Faculty of Foreign Languages at Tianjin University of Technology and Education, the partner university of the University of Banja Luka.
The reception was also attended by Vice-Rector for International and Inter-University Cooperation Prof. Milica Balaban, PhD, Member of the Confucius Institute Steering Board Prof. Ranko Škrbić, PhD, and Confucius Institute Home Director Assc. Prof. Ljiljana Stević, PhD.
Shen Li is a professor of English language and literature; she graduated from the University of Foreign Studies in Shanghai. Before coming to Banja Luka, she held the position of vice-dean at the Faculty of Foreign Languages at Tianjin University of Technology and Education. Between 2013 and 2017, she worked as the director of the Confucius Institute in Ethiopia.