The graduating class of the Chinese Language Course.
A total of 150 students graduated from the Conversational Chinese Language Course offered by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Confucius Institute at the Yue Lai Hotel in Suva on 8 June 2018.
The classes included children class, beginner, intermediate, advanced two, staff beginner, and staff advanced.
Dr Matthew Hayward, Associate Dean Learning & Teaching at the Faculty of Arts, Language acknowledged Dr Hui Yang, CI-USP Local Director for the invite and the initiative.
He congratulated the students saying their graduation was very impressive given that Chinese is not an easy language to learn for non-native speakers.
“I know it is difficult to learn Chinese so I must say that you are all very gifted because you have all managed to successfully pass the Chinese language course,” he said.
“For many of you, Chinese may be your second, third or fourth language so I applaud you for your efforts. You are natural linguists and you are naturally gifted at language,” he added.
Dr Hayward said, “Here in the Pacific we are forming new and exciting relationships with China and I congratulate and thank the Confucius Institute for their part in developing that relationship”.
“I also must congratulate students who have taken this first step in helping us to build bridges in being able to communicate in the Chinese language,” he stated.
Dr Yang congratulated all graduating students of the Chinese language course for their efforts in coming this far.
According to Dr Yang, the graduates made a smart decision to learn Chinese because of the possibilities of job offers.
“We are frequently in touch with the Chinese Embassy and China Railway who usually ask us to recommend students for jobs.
“Also when there are international conferences, there is a huge demand for interpreters or translators,” she said.
“One of our recent highlights is that courses are being offered online so that it is convenient for those who cannot make it to the face-to-face classes,” she said.
Dr Yang added that CI-USP was involved in a lot of activities saying that this year, one of their best students Diana Botei, the champion of the 2017 Chinese Bridge competition received a scholarship and will study at the Beijing University of Language and Culture.
“At the end of this month, ten (10) students and 3 teachers will attend a summer camp in Beijing, sponsored by our partner University, the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT),” she said.
This year’s Chinese Bridge competition winners will see them attending the main part of the competition in China.
Apart from serving the Chinese community, CI also serves local communities one of which involves partnership with the Suva City Library.
Dr Yang acknowledged Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of FALE and the University for its support towards CI.
Established in 2012, CI-USP is headquartered at the Laucala Campus and also operates at the Lautoka, Cook Islands and Emalus Campus in Vanuatu.
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