CI Local Director Joan Yee presents certificates to some of the graduating students.
A total of 160 students graduated from The University of the South Pacific’s Confucius Institute at the Laucala Campus on 19 June 2014.
USP Confucius Institute Local Director Joan Yee congratulated the students on their achievement saying it was the fifth graduation ceremony since its establishment in 2012.
Present at the ceremony were guests from the Chinese Embassy including Mr. Hao Yongwang, Director of Consular Section of the Chinese Embassy in Fiji, Mr Liao Xiao Ping, a leader in the Fiji Chinese community, Yat Sen Chinese teachers, an International School Chinese teacher and invited staff from USP.
Graduates included 100 students from Social classes in Laucala, 20 students of Staff classes in Laucala, 30 students from Social classes in Lautoka and 10 students from Staff classes in Lautoka.
The Social classes range from Beginners, Intermediate 1, 2, 3 and 4 to Advanced 1.
According to Ms Yee, the CI has also run a number of cultural events including singing, dancing, paper cutting, art and craft, Tai Chi and cooking.
“The staff have conducted classes in International Primary and Secondary Schools and the Multiple Intelligence School. We are planning to introduce classes at other local primary and secondary schools in the near future,” she said.
Ms Yee noted that at the beginning of this semester, CI established a teaching point at the Lautoka campus and the response in the Western division was very encouraging and positive.
She said in semester two, the CI will establish a Confucius classroom at USP’s Emalus campus in Vanuatu, due to the demand for the learning and teaching of the Chinese language there.
“Classes will be extended to other campuses in the USP region through the establishment of teaching points and classrooms, or through flexible modes,” she added.
The Confucius Institute at USP provides a unique avenue to introduce Chinese language and culture to the general public, and to carry out China-related activities within USP.
It not only engages in extending development and cooperation in education, but also extends the friendly cooperation in Sino-Fiji cultural communication, economics and technology communication, among others.
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