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Fiji’s Ambassador to China, HE Naivalurua visits USP’s Confucius Institute

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Fiji’s Ambassador to China, His Excellency Ioane Naivalurua during his visit to USP’s Confucius Institute.

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 9 February, 2017.

Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of USP’s Faculty of Arts, Law and Education welcomed HE Naivalurua and his team on behalf of the new CI Director Dr Yang Hui, Local Director Joan Yee and the teachers and staff of the Institute.

She mentioned that it was always an honour to host HE Naivalurua at USP and acknowledged his unwavering support for the Confucius Institute.

“We are always delighted to have you visiting us and taking an interest in our activities. We know that the relationship that has been established between your office and USP will continue,” she stated.

She added that there were still a few issues to follow up on and implement from the suggestions raised by HE Naivalurua during his last visit to the Institute, one of which is the orientation at CI for students receiving Chinese Scholarships.

This she confirmed, is being discussed with the chair of TELS and will be undertaken this year. The launching of the Alumni is also being planned and will take place in April this year.

“We are so delighted that Hanban has given us 80 per cent of the funding for the new Model CI and we look forward to this new building which will house many exciting activities and programmes. At the end of last year, six of our staff returned to China but we will get more staff this year,” she advised.

Dr Kedrayate stated that they had established classrooms in Cook Islands, Vanuatu and Lautoka and courses are being converted on-line to give opportunities to students in other Campuses.

“We are lucky to have Dr. Yang who has a lot of experiences including ICT,” she said.

She added that Professor Rajesh Chandra, the Vice-Chancellor and President of USP who has always been supportive of CI since its inception, also recently approved that the Local Director, Ms Joan Yee who retired last year, assist the new Director, Dr. Yang until a replacement is found.

CI, she said, will continue to benefit from Ms Yee’s experience in the region and network with local Chinese community in Fiji.

“For this semester both the social and formal have increased in their enrolment. The interest in Chinese language and culture continues to be on the increase which is reflected in the number of students enrolled this semester,” she further noted.

HE Naivalurua said he was grateful for the usual warm welcome and the opportunity to visit.

“This is another one of my trips to come and merely engage on outstanding issues, or look forward to advice and directions and just trying to keep the relationship alive,” he noted.

He mentioned that he was also “catching up with our head office and other key agencies which includes USP’s Confucius Institute”.

He further relayed how glad he was that the new CI Director Dr Yang Hui honoured the Ambassador and Embassy in Beijing with a courtesy visit prior to departing for Fiji.

“This is not just a follow-up visit but we need to wrap up and move forward in 2017”.

He then conveyed the best wishes of the Embassy of Fiji in Beijing on the Year of the Rooster.

“It is our wish that this will be another successful year and we will be able to take our level of relationship, exchanges, cooperation and movement of students to greater heights, better understanding between the two countries and all students who are either learning Chinese here or studying under scholarships in China achieve excellence in their work,” he noted.

“It is also very important that the right base and foundation is laid to progress our relationship. I attach great importance to this humble institution,” he stated.

Furthermore, HE Naivalurua requested that plans to have an alumni launch be fast-tracked so as to keep the relationship and engagement alive between China and Fiji. The CI is currently working on this plan.


This news item was published on 13 Feb 2017 03:43:11 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email communications@usp.ac.fj


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