Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate during a meeting with staff of the Confucius Institute at USP’s Laucala Campus.
The reports of activities carried by the Confucius Institute at The University of the South Pacific (CI-USP) has been ranked number one in Oceania, outperforming reports from Confucius Institutes in countries like Australia and New Zealand.
The Institute had submitted a total of 20 reports on its activities, from which 17 have been assessed and deemed successful - the highest number of successful reports in the Oceania region.
Established in 2012 and partnered with Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), CI-USP, which is the only Confucius Institute in Fiji, provides a unique avenue to introduce Chinese language and culture to the general public, and to carry out China related activities within USP.
According to the Director CI-USP, Professor Denggui Li, such an achievement is the result of a wide range of events and activities organised by the Institute to strengthen ties between China and Fiji.
Some of the activities include guest lectures at the University, organisation of activities at the Suva library and Hilton Special School, facilitating Chinese visitors at USP and working with Chinese associations in Fiji to jointly host events.
“Organising such events apart from the usual teaching has helped build a bridge between China and the Pacific,” Professor Denggui Li said.
With regards to Confucius Institute’s connection with the Fijian Government, Professor Denggui Li highlighted that the Government in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy liaises with the CI-USP to facilitate Chinese language classes for some of its government workers.
Talking about the Institute’s impact in the Pacific region, Professor Denggui Li stated that Confucius classrooms have been opened in Cook Islands and USP’s Emalus Campus to teach Chinese language classes there.
“At Emalus Campus, we use the course fees of the social class students to establish scholarship funds for USP students who wish to pursue a course in Chinese language,” he added.
Professor Denggui Li thanked Hanban for providing grants to CI-USP, BUPT for providing Chinese teachers to the Institute, USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra, Dean of Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE), Dr Akanisi Kedrayate and the local Director Mrs Sin Joan Yee for their continued support towards Confucius Institute, and staff and teachers of the Institute for their hard work in organising the activities and events.
Dr Kedrayate said that the ranking is an indication of the quality of the staff, the programme and teaching activities.
“As we are ranked top among nine other Universities in Oceania, mainly from Australia and New Zealand, this is indeed an achievement to celebrate. I am really happy with this achievement and grateful to the unwavering and strong support of Professor Chandra since the inception of the programme and Professor Denggui Li, Mrs Sin Joan Yee and the hardworking team at Confucius Institute,” Dr Kedrayate said.
More than 1200 students have graduated through the Confucius Institute since its establishment in 2012.
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