7 May 2015
The USP Emalus campus officially opened the Confucius classroom today in the presence of dignitaries from the university, the diplomatic corps and the government of Vanuatu.
The Confucius classroom (Office No. 6) will be dedicated to the use of the Confucius Institute programmes at Emalus, including Chinese language training and cultural events. The classroom is located in one of the buildings constructed for the Emalus campus by the government of the People's Republic of China.
Attending the event and the unveiling of a dedicatory plaque were HE Xie Bohua, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China and the Honourable Bob Loughman, the Vanuatu Minister of Education. S. Joan Yee, the director of the USP Confucius Institute and University Librarian, served as the emcee for the event. Representing the USP Vice Chancellor and President was Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education. George Mael Toka, the head of tertiary education for the Ministry of Education, was also in attendance.
Emalus Campus Manager Ruben Bakeo Markward, Minister Loughman, Ambassador Bohua and Dr Kendrayate all gave speeches in honour of the occasion. Campus Manager Markward and Minister Loughman thanked the government of the People's Republic of China for its continuing support of the campus, and USP for its willingness to facilitate the creation of a Confucius Institute in Vanuatu. They singled out Xuzhe (Aaron) Wang, who helped set up the Emalus Confucius Institute, and his successor Ms Yuqing Luo. Ambassador Bohua praised the efforts of the government of Vanuatu for its commitment to language education. Dr Kendrayate thanked the governments of both countries and voiced USP's continued support of instruction in foreign languages.
Students from the Vila East School, who have been receiving Chinese language instruction from Ms Luo, sang a song in Chinese and another in Bislama and English for the attendees. They were accompanied on the guitar by their teacher. The ceremony concluded with a presentation from USP student Noel Napuat, conducted entirely in Chinese, on the similarities and differences between China and Vanuatu.
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