Chinese Ambassador commends USP for Confucius Institute
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The Chinese Ambassador to Fiji, His Excellency Mr. Zhang Ping, and his wife Ms Chen Wei (with garlands) with staff of CI-USP and the Chinese Embassy. Fourth from left is Ms Joan Yee, Local Director and fourth from right is Dr Yang Hui, Chinese Director.
The Chinese Ambassador to Fiji His Excellency Mr. Zhang Ping visited The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Confucius Institute at the Laucala Campus on 14 August, 2017.
In her presentation, Confucius Institute Chinese Director Dr Hui Yang explained that the Institute is under the School of Language, Arts and Media (SLAM) in the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE).
CI-USP, she stated, provides Chinese language and culture teaching in the Pacific region via USP's 14 campuses.
Dr Yang said while the CI-USP is headquartered in Laucala, there is a teaching point in Lautoka and Confucius classrooms at the Cook Islands Campus and Emalus Campus in Vanuatu.
The Ambassador was also updated on the current situation of Chinese learning in the South Pacific.
With regards to the current Chinese teaching at CI-USP, she said the programmes were composed of Credit Courses, Online Credit Courses, Social Courses from Beginner to Advanced Level, Chinese Cultural Experience Classes and In-house Training Courses for the Land Transport Authority, Fiji Police Force, Ports Authority and Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort.
As for Chinese Culture Experience Classes, activities include Chinese Knots, Chinese Calligraphy and Painting, Chinese Singing Class, Chinese Public Dance, Tai Ji Fan, Paper Cutting, Beijing Opera Mask Painting, Chinese Tea Art, Tai Ji, and Traditional Chinese Medicine Experience at the Laucala, Cook Islands and Emalus Campuses respectively.
Ambassador Zhang acknowledged USP for its continued support for CI-USP.
“We can see that CI-USP has continued to grow from strength to strength and these achievements would not have come about without the great support from USP,” he mentioned.
He said he was very encouraged that the funding for the new model CI-USP had been secured and hoped “everything will be go smoothly for the construction”.
“It symbolises that the link between China and Fiji is getting stronger and hopefully in the future we will have more Chinese coming here and there will be more exchanges and interactions between Fiji and China, which is why Chinese language and culture becomes so important,” H.E Zhang noted.
Ms Joan Yee, Local Director of CI-USP said it was a pleasure to host the Ambassador particularly on his first official visit to CI-USP.
“As you have just learnt, CI-USP is a very vibrant section of the University and we wish to thank Your Excellency and staff of the Embassy for all your support for us,” she noted.
CI-USP, established between USP and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) became fully operational in 2012.
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