Chinese Ambassador pays visit to Confucius Institute teachers
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His Excellency Zhang Ping and Dr Akanisi Kedrayate with Chinese embassy delegates and teachers and staff of the Confucius Institute.
The Chinese Ambassador to Fiji, His Excellency Zhang Ping paid a visit to the teachers of the Confucius Institute at The University of the South Pacific (USP) to honour the Chinese language teachers as part of the Teacher’s Day celebrated in China last week.
In welcoming the Ambassador at the Laucala Campus in Suva on 14 September 2015, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate said that the Confucius Institute was honoured by H.E Zhang Ping’s visit.
She also welcomed two new teaching staff to the institute who will be based at the Cook Islands and Emalus campuses.
Dr Kedrayate highlighted that the growing number of Confucius Institute classrooms being opened in the region indicated that there was a great interest among the people in the Pacific to learn the Chinese language and culture and to get a glimpse of life in China.
“It is only when our Pacific people learn the Chinese language, then they are able to communicate and better understand the Chinese culture and can contribute towards developing a deeper relationship between their own countries and China,” she added.
In his remarks, H.E Zhang Ping said that teachers play a very important role in nurturing their students because they help in cultivating the students’ minds.
“Teachers pave the way for the future by building the characteristics of their students. I think that this is the most sacred thing of being a teacher. In China, we highly respect our teachers,” H.E Zhang Ping emphasised.
While thanking the Director of the Confucius Institute and his staff, H.E Zhang Ping said that they also play an important part in cultivating the friendship between China and the Pacific countries, particularly Fiji.
As the largest Confucius Institute in the South Pacific region, H.E Zhang Ping commended the facilities provided by USP.
“It is wonderful for students to have such facilities which they can call their home when they want to find some Chinese books, some cultural things or even Chinese food,” he said.
He stated that cultural exchanges are an important aspect of bilateral relationships, adding that there is a need to have more of such exchanges in the future.
In future, H.E Zhang Ping is hopeful that there will be delegates coming from China to engage with scholars and students and talk about policy and academic issues.
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