Vietnam 's Embassy in Italy held a press conference at the Culture and Language Center Dante Alighieri in Rome January 14 to introduce Vietnam Week, set start January 16, news website Vietnamplus reported Tuesday.
Italy's Vietnam Week will feature many activities including an exhibition of Vietnamese's books, newspapers and photos. A conference aimed at encouraging Italians to travel to Vietnam will be held. A cultural space will display the heritage commemorating the friendship of the two countries in 1960s and 1970s and a show will celebrate 40th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between the two, said Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Hoang Long.
Long also said Vietnam's General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong would visit Italy per the invitation of Italian president Giorgio Napolitano during Vietnam Week.
As one of the first people to spur the teaching of the Italian language in Vietnam, former Ambassador to Vietnam Alfredo Matacotta Cordella said he was impressed with Vietnam as a beautiful country and with the Vietnamese people as strong, patient and humble people.
Pietro Matina, professor at Naples Eastern University, said with its current rapid development, Vietnam is offering many opportunities for other countries, including Italy, to cooperate in many fields, especially education.
The professor added that the university has started teaching Vietnamese to Italian students recently.
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