Some of the Confucius Institute graduates at the graduation ceremony on 15 June 2016.
A total of 80 students of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Confucius Institute graduated at the Laucala Campus on 15 June 2016.
They are part of the 165 graduating from the Confucius Institute for semester one, 2016 - 48 from Lautoka Campus, 26 from Emalus Campus in Vanuatu and 11 from Cook Islands Campus.
In his keynote address, Director of the Political Section at the Chinese Embassy based in Suva, Wang Anning congratulated the students for their achievement and encouraged them to learn even more.
Mr Wang Anning said that he hoped the students would progress to getting more in-depth knowledge about Chinese culture, history and language.
“A strong relationship does not only rely on Government to Government partnership or based on some economic cooperation or trade and investment but more on people to people engagement and we should have a mutual understanding of each other,” Mr Wang Anning said.
He added it was pleasing to note that in 2015, there was an increase in Chinese visitors to Fiji who came to enjoy the unique Fijian hospitality and culture.
“Even the word, bula is getting more popular in China,” he noted.
Mr Wang Anning encouraged more Fijians to learn about China.
“The best way to understand the Chinese culture is to learn the Chinese language. Even though it is a bit difficult and will take time to memorise, it will help you know the Chinese way of thinking and lifestyle,” Mr Wang Anning said.
He acknowledged the work of the staff of Confucius Institute “for your hard work and perseverance in promoting the Chinese language and culture”.
He also extended his appreciation to Fiji’s Ministry of Education and USP for their continuing support.
The graduating students are from beginners, intermediate and advanced classes.
Last night’s event was the 9th Graduation Ceremony for the Confucius Institute since the programme was first launched in February 2012.
Confucius Institute local director Sin Joan Yee said the Confucius Institute was established at the end of 2011 and teaching began at Laucala Campus in 2012.
“There have been many changes and developments,” she noted.
“It has since expanded and a Confucius Classroom at Emalus Campus in Vanuatu and Cook Islands Campus has been established while a teaching point is at the Lautoka Campus.”
This, Ms Joan Yee said, will be upgraded to a classroom in the near future. There are also plans to begin classes in Labasa, Savusavu, and Tonga.
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