Mr. Greg Cornwall, (Coordinator - Hotel Management, Faculty of Business & Economics) presents the prizes to excellent students of CI-USP.
One hundred and twenty students graduated from The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus Confucius Institute on 10 June 2015.
The group which is part of a bigger group of around 200 students completed their course in three levels, including beginner, intermediate and advance level.
Dean of Faculty of Arts, Law & Education (FALE), Dr Akanisi Kedrayate congratulated the graduates and thanked them for learning the Chinese language.
Dr Kedrayate said that, "this is another occassion where you can be proud that you are a part of a bigger group that has received the same certificates from the same course.”
Chinese language is taught in four USP Campuses, namely Laucala, Emalus, Cook Islands and Lautoka Campus. Plans are underway to establish Chinese language teaching point in Kiribati, Tonga and Solomon Islands Campuses.
Secondary Schools in Fiji and Vanuatu are also taking Chinese language programme. These schools include Suva International School, Multi Intelligence Primary School, Adi Cokabau School and Draiba Primary school from Fiji, and Vile East Primary School from Vanuatu.
Dr Kedrayate highlighted some of events and cultural activities of the Confucius Institute, including, two day Chinese Culture Day at the Fiji Museum, Spring Festival celebration and activities at Yat Sen School, Chinese Embassy Open Forum on issues of China and the Pacific and many others.
Dr Kedrayate also informed about the Chinese Bridge Competition. The "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition is a large-scale international contest sponsored by Hanban, and is well-known in the cultural and educational exchanges worldwide. It consists of 3 events: "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign High School Students and "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Students in China. The competition is held yearly.
“We are sending 2 competitors and 2 observers to China for this purpose in the coming July,” she said.
The graduation is the seventh to be held since the inception of Confucius Institute in 2012.
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