"Ain Shams is one of the great universities which started its relations with China through establishing Chinese Language Department. It is considered one of the largest and oldest Chinese language departments in the world," he said.
Liu noted that thousands of Egyptians have graduated from the department and played key roles in promoting cultural exchanges between Egypt and China.
"Renmin University ... has valuable researchers," he said, adding that the two universities signed an agreement in 2018 which represented the starting point of mutual cooperation.
"I hope this center will be a bridge linking Egypt and China for increasing cultural and economic ties," Liu said.
Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Song Aiguo said the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a huge project that calls for large-scale cooperation in vast regions across the world.
"It is important for China and other countries to make great efforts to make this happen," he spoke at the inauguration ceremony. "We should enjoy the benefits of the BRI."
Proposed by China in 2013, the BRI refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe, Africa and beyond along the ancient trade routes of the Silk Road.
The ambassador said that when the initiative was proposed, it received positive response from a large number of countries in Asia, Africa and Europe.
"Egypt is a very close friend of China. Today we can conduct better cooperation for the future of our countries," Song said.
He added that as Egypt is working hard to raise living standard of its people and improve its economy, Egypt and China face great opportunities to boost cooperation in this regard.
"If we want to do a good job, we should first make a good academic study of cooperation...That's why the inauguration of the center is of great importance," the ambassador said.
"I wish that we will benefit a lot from the ideas of this center," he added.
Liu Wei (L), president of China's Renmin University, addresses the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Cooperation Research Center in Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 13, 2019. China's Renmin University and Egypt's Ain Shams University on Sunday inaugurated the Belt and Road Cooperation Research Center in the Egyptian capital Cairo. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)