Fiji’s Ambassador to China, His Excellency Ioane Naivalurua with students who completed studies in China and University staff. Third from left in the front is Confucius Institute Local Director, Joan Yee and second from right is FALE Dean Dr Akanisi Kedrayate.
Fiji’s Ambassador to China, His Excellency Ioane Naivalurua visited the Confucius Institute at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus in Suva on 17 December 2015.
The Confucius Institute at USP was established through collaboration between USP and the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and provides a unique avenue to introduce Chinese language and culture to the general public, and to carry out Chinese cultural-related activities within USP.
In welcoming H.E. Naivalurua, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Language and Education (FALE), Dr Akanisi Kedrayate said that the University is delighted to host the Ambassador along with Fijian students who had recently successfully completed studies in China, under the Fiji Government scholarships.
She also thanked H.E. Naivalurua for hosting a team from FALE during a recent trip to Beijing.
Highlighting the importance of the Confucius Institute, Dr Kedrayate said that the institute aims to create awareness on the importance of learning the Chinese language and culture.
In his remarks, H.E. Naivalurua highlighted the Fiji Government’s priority on education and that the establishment of the Confucius Institute is an important link to strengthen the relationship between Fiji and China.
He said that there are currently more than 70 Fijian students studying in China, in different priority areas identified by the Fiji Government.
“It is a great learning experience for the students as they learn each other’s culture and way of life and create new friends and network,” he added.
H.E. Naivalurua said that during the visit by Fiji’s Prime Minister to China in July this year, it was mentioned that China has always stood by Fiji during her time of need.
He commended the effort of USP’s Confucius Institute in developing and preparing students for studies in China and nurturing them to understand the Chinese language and culture.
In her presentation, Local Director of USP's Confucius Institute, Ms Joan Yee talked about the role and importance of the Confucius Institute, adding that there are around 500 Confucius Institutes around the world, including the Confucius Institute at USP.
She mentioned some of its future plans, which includes increasing the number of students and teachers, setting up comprehensive centres and classrooms, providing diversified range of courses and activities and expanding research collaboration with universities in China.
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