HE Xie Bohua, (Ambassador of the People's Republic of China) and Honourable Bob Loughman (Vanuatu Minister of Education) unveil the Confucius Institute plaque
The University of the South Pacific (USP) Emalus Campus officially opened a Confucius classroom on 7 May, 2015 in Vanuatu.
The inauguration was attended by the University staff, members of diplomatic corp and Vanuatu government officials.
The unveiling of the dedicatory plaque was done by His Excellency, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China Xie Bohua and the Vanuatu Minister of Education, Honourable Bob Loughman.
While talking about the opening of the Confucius classroom, Emalus campus manager Mr Ruben Markward said that the event was a very significant one.
“We can now say that through the Confucius classroom, the campus is expanding its scope of offerings,” he said.
Mr Markward thanked the government for their foresight and USP’s Senior Management Team (SMT), especially the Vice-Chancellor and President and Dean of FALE for agreeing to the construction of the Confucius classroom.
“Stakeholders, and especially SMT will be eager to see that this classroom lives up to its expectations and as noted, we intend to ensure that it serves the needs of the wider community,” he added.
Mr Markward highlighted that the occasion marked not only the inauguration of the Confucius classroom but also was the launching of the operations at the Confucius Institute at Emalus.
“On this note we inform that the campus is hoping to boost the delivery of continuing education courses under Pacific TAFE,” he said.
“The conversational Chinese course and others will be seen as part of this, even if they are under the Confucius institute.”
The classrooms will be used for Confucius Institute programmes at Emalus campus, including Chinese language training and cultural events.
The classroom is located in one of the campus buildings recently constructed by the government of the People’s Republic of China.
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