Participants during the symposium at Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications in China.
A symposium to mark the 5th anniversary of the construction and development of the Confucius Institute at The University of the South Pacific (CI-USP) was held at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), in China on 20 December 2016.
More than thirty (30) representatives including, BUPT’s Office of Administration, International Office, Organisation Department, Finance Department, Department of Personnel, School of Humanities, School of Network Security and all previous and current teachers of CI-USP participated in the symposium.
Professor Li Denggui, the first Chinese Director of CI-USP while addressing the symposium gave a detailed review of the hard work and achievements of the institute over the past five (5) years, showing that it has made great progress in teaching Chinese as a foreign language and promoting Chinese culture to the people of Pacific countries.
Professor Li also highlighted during his presentation the positive contributions made by CI-USP to the local economic, cultural and social development.
BUPT President, Professor Qiao Jianyong affirmed the strong support from USP and acknowledged the hard work of teachers and expressed his heartfelt congratulations on the excellent results.
Professor Qiao, while recalling the opening ceremony of the Confucius Classroom in Cook Islands in 2015 said he was extremely proud of the work, exchange and establishment of contacts with Professor Rajesh Chandra, USP Vice-Chancellor and President; and also with other Pacific region government leaders.
He pointed out that the teachers at CI-USP not only paid great attention to extending the physical space of the institute, but also enhanced BUPT’s academic influence.
Professor Qiao encouraged CI-USP to continue its’ legacy and said the last five (5) years was only the beginning, and there was a need to further the development.
He added that he is looking forward to participating in the 9th International Forum for University Presidents on Information and Communication Technology Education 2017, which will be held in USP.
During the symposium, teachers from CI-USP shared their experiences about teaching in the Pacific countries, their dedication to the teaching, their love for the Chinese culture, and their close friendship with the local students.
Heads from various departments, participating schools and relevant units gave high recognition to the achievements made by CI-USP over the past five (5) years, expressed their deep respect and promised to give strong support for the future development of CI-USP.
Vice-President of BUPT, Professor Ren Xiaomin, who is also responsible for CI-USP highlighted many unforgettable experiences when he led the relevant functional departments and units to form a team to initiate and construct CI-USP, which, he noted, is a wonderful achievement in BUPT's educational history.
He reiterated the significance of the establishment of the Confucius Institute at USP.
Professor Ren believes that CI-USP is a good opportunity for academic cooperation in literature, Chinese culture and related disciplines in the field of humanities and social sciences.
Since its founding in 2011, due to the distinctive features of USP, CI-USP has established a headquarter institute at the Laucala Campus, a Confucius Classroom in Emalus Campus in Vanuatu, a Confucius Classroom at the Cook Islands Campus, and a teaching point at the Lautoka Campus.
CI-USP has so far seen an enrolment of more than 2700 students, held more than 110 cultural activities, participated in the reception of national leaders’ visits twice and high profile visits five (5) times, recommended nineteen (19) secondary school and university students to participate in the Chinese Bridge programme, recommended eleven (11) Confucius Institute scholarship students, and completed research work in Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Fiji and other countries.
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