Oct 17, 2016
The 16thInternational ItalianCulturalWeek (XVI Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo) was held in the Consulate General ofthe Republic ofItaly in Chongqing.
At the opening ceremony, Council General Sergio Maffettone awardedthe prestigious Ufficiale dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy)and the certificate, signed by President of Italian Republic, to Li Keyong, the president of SISU.
This was the first medal awarded since the foundingof the Consulate General ofthe Republic ofItaly in Chongqing in December, 2013. Sergio Maffettone said that themedal was honored to commend Professor Li Keyong, for his outstanding contributions to promote bilateral cooperation and exchanges between Chongqing and Italy in education and culture.
The knightof theorder of “the Star of Italy” established in 2011,isawarded to persons making prominent contributions to promotefriendlyrelations and cooperation between Italy and other countries. This prizeisnominated bythe Italianforeign ministerand proved bythe Honors Committee, and finally issued by President of Italy.