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The First Chinese Language Classes Launched in Vanuatu

Date: August, 11, 2014 12:16 Age: 3 yrs

南太平洋大学孔子学院瓦努阿图教学点顺利开班

85日,南太平洋大学孔子学院(以下简称南太孔院)在该校瓦努阿图校区成功举行首届汉语班开班仪式。南太平洋大学瓦努阿图校区主管鲁本(Ruben Bakeo Markward)先生出席开班仪式并发表讲话。他向南太孔院在瓦努阿图设点开展汉语教学表示热烈的祝贺并向在座的各位首届汉语班学员表示热烈的欢迎。鲁本先生介绍说,近年来,瓦努阿图作为一个在南太平洋地区有影响力的旅游目的地,吸引了越来越多的中国人来观光旅游,投资经商,这使得瓦努阿图人学习汉语的热情和需求不断增加。鲁本衷心感谢南太孔院在时间紧任务重的情况下,团结一致,战胜困难并最终如期开班。最后,鲁本和出席首届开班典礼的学生代表合影留念。中国驻瓦努阿图大使馆和南太平洋大学校本部来电表示祝贺。

南太平洋大学是世界上仅有的两所区域型大学之一,由12个南太平洋地区岛国共建,有14个校区或教学点。201296日,由北京邮电大学和南太平洋大学合作建设的南太孔院在该大学位于斐济首都苏瓦的主校区正式揭牌成立。先进的教学理念、专业的教学设备、良好的教学效果为南太孔院在当地赢得了很高的声誉。经过两年多的发展,南太孔院学员人数累计达千余人次,社会影响力不断扩大其他校区要求开设汉语教学点的呼声越来越高。今年4月,南太孔院走出苏瓦,在位于斐济第二大城市劳托卡的南太大学分校区设点开班,辐射整个斐济大西部地区。此次,南太孔院走出斐济在瓦努阿图共和国首都维拉港的南太大学分校区设点开班更是其战略性发展的又一举措。学员主要来自瓦努阿图政府,旅游服务业,银行业,通讯业等社会主流行业的从业人员,相信通过他们的努力定将为日后的中瓦各层面的交流与合作发挥积极作用。

 

The First Chinese Language Classes Launched in Vanuatu

August 5th, the Confucius Institute at the University of the South Pacific (CI-USP) launched its first Chinese Language class at Emalus Campus of the USP in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The Campus manager Mr Ruben Bakeo Markward attended the launch ceremony and delivered a speech. He congratulated the CI-USP on its success in opening Chinese in the campus and warmly welcomed the students of the first Chinese language class. Ruben said Vanuatu was an influential tourism destination in the south pacific region. In recent years, more and more Chinese people came to Vanuatu to travel and to invest, which made a high demand of learning Chinese locally. Meanwhile, Ruben thanked the CI-USP for its excellent work in the opening course at Emalus after overcoming varied difficulties in a short time. At last, Ruben took a picture with the students. Chinese Embassy in Vanuatu and CI-USP Head Office in Suva, Fiji also sent their congratulatory messages.

The USP is one of only two regional universities in the world established by 12 South Pacific Ocean countries with 14 campuses and teaching centres. CI-USP headquartered in Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji co-established by Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications and the USP was officially opened in September 6th, 2012.  Soon, with a progressive teaching philosophy, professional teaching equipment and fruitful feedbacks from its learners gained the CI-USP a sound reputation. After 2 years development, the total amount of the CI-USP learners climbed over 1,000, social influence continues to expand and the demand of opening Chinese course in other campuses increasingly goes up. This April, CI-USP opened the Chinese classes in Lautoka campus which locates in the Fijiís second largest city Lautoka catering for the need of grand western communities. Now, CI-USP expanded its teaching map again to the USPís Emalus Campus in Port Vila, Vanuatu and put another landmark on its strategic development.  It is believed that the first Chinese class students with the background of government, tourism and hospitality, banking and communications and so forth will positively influence on the communication and cooperation between Vanuatu and China in the future.


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