L-R: Professor Denggui Li, Chinese Director of CI, Fiji’s Ambassador to China His Excellency Ioane Naivalurua, Ms Joan Yee Local Director of CI, Mr Om Goundar, Senior Foreign Service officer and Mei Luo of CI.
Fiji’s Ambassador to China His Excellency Ioane Naivalurua visited the Confucius Institute (CI) at The University of the South Pacific (USP) at its Laucala campus in Suva on 30 September, 2016.
CI Local Director Joan Yee welcomed HE Naivalurua saying it was an honour to welcome him back to the Confucius Institute.
“CI has made a very big impact around the world as it is in all major universities around the globe and we here at USP are proud that we also host a CI,” Ms Yee said.
She acknowledged HE Naivalurua for his unwavering support for the CI.
HE Naivalurua said he was happy to visit the CI again and emphasised the importance of the Institution and its role.
Fiji he said, appreciates the way USP’s Confucius Institute has contributed to the promotion of China and the Chinese language.
In their discussions, HE Naivalurua suggested that students going to China for studies undergo a thorough orientation in Fiji before departing for China.
He mentioned that in his recent meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Fiji His Excellency Zhang Ping, they discussed how there can be more support for students who embark for studies in China.
“There is scope and space in how we can improve and prepare them better. I had suggested that there be an orientation programme prior to their departure,” he stated.
“For those travelling for the first time, it is quite difficult thus they start off on the wrong footing as they are not prepared mentally,” HE Naivalurua.
He also urged the CI to engage more closely with the Fiji Embassy in China for better cooperation and understanding.
“Please feel free to communicate with us from here so we can enhance and expand ideas on how we can cooperate better with each other,” he said.
HE Naivalurua assured that “we stand ready in Beijing and please keep us in the loop of your correspondence and engagement so we can work together”.
Furthermore, he suggested that the CI take its services to the Fiji Police Force and Republic of Fiji Military Forces including Government officials, as it would help them greatly in their work when understanding China and the Chinese language.
HE Naivalurua also recommended that an alumni network be formed to keep the relationship between Fiji and China alive and visible.
Ms Yee assured the Ambassador that the suggestions raised will be followed up.
Professor Denggui Li, Chinese Director of CI acknowledged the presence of HE Naivalurua saying he greatly appreciated his support to the CI.
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