USP Vice-Chancellor & President pleased with Confucius Institute
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From L-R: CI Chinese Director Professor Denggui Li, USP Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra and lecturer Haiyan Ali during their brief meeting at the Vice-Chancellor's office on June 10.
The University of the South Pacific’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra is pleased with the progress of the work of the Confucius Institute (CI) since its establishment in 2012.
In a meeting with the CI Chinese Director Professor Denggui Li on June 10, Professor Chandra expressed satisfaction with the work of CI.
He said CI has done very well under the leadership of a very outstanding Director.
Professor Li updated the Vice-Chancellor saying he had visited Vanuatu in early May and submitted a report to the Headquarters of the Confucius institute/ Hanban on the demand to learn Chinese there. He informed the VC that a request to this effect has been forwarded to Hanban to seek approval for establishing a Confucius Classroom in Vanuatu. Hanban is the executive body of the Chinese Language Council International, a non-governmental and non-profit organization affiliated to the Ministry of Education in China.
Professor Chandra stated that after Vanuatu, it would be a good idea to also look at the possibility of taking Chinese to the Solomon Islands.
“There will be a demand in the Solomon Islands because of the Chinese community there and also because Solomon Islands has the second largest number of students after Fiji,” Professor Chandra said.
“After that, perhaps we can start looking at other campuses,” he said.
Professor Chandra suggested that Professor Li might like to visit the regional campuses to be able to get a better assessment of the demand to learn Chinese across the region.
Professor Li recently returned from the Lautoka campus to look after the final exam of Chinese classes there and also had discussions with the Campus Director, Dr. Pramila Devi.
In March this year, due to the high demand of Chinese language teaching in the Western part of Fiji, CI-USP opened its branch at USP’s Lautoka Campus.
Professor Li acknowledged the Vice-Chancellor’s ongoing support for the Confucius Institute.
USP’s Confucius Institute provides a unique avenue to introduce Chinese language and culture to the general public.
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