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USP Lautoka Facilitates Tourism Chinese Course for Fiji Ministry of Youth & Sports

33 youths from the Western Division participated in a Chinese language and cross-cultural training sessions at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Lautoka Campus from 15th to 26th October, 2018.

This was a collaborative effort between the Confucius Institute at USP (CI@USP) Lautoka and the Fiji Ministry of Youth and Sports to facilitate the engagement of youths in the tourism industry.
The training program consisted of 10 days (30 teaching hours) of intensive Chinese language training that included several study topics such as Polite Daily Expressions, Hotel Checking In and Out, Room Facilities, Food and Beverage, Shopping and Chinese Cultural Knowledge. While introducing trainees to the Chinese language, the training also familiarized them with the culture and customs, to strengthen their employability in Fiji’s tourism industry.

CI@USP Lautoka Lecturer Jie Huang said this training has been valued highly by the young trainees. “They appreciate the opportunity to learn a new language and experience a new culture,” said Mr. Huang. “Some of them think the training is not only empowering them in the job market, but also promoting their all-round individual development.”

“Chinese language is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Learning the language helps improve the way we communicate with Chinese people and become more understanding of their culture and also helps individuals to become more artistic,” said one of the trainees, Ms. Damuyawa.

Training Coordinator at Fiji Ministry of Youth and Sports, Karunagaran Nair said there was a noticeable trend in the number of visitors from China into the country which has created a demand for Chinese speaking talents. “This training will boost the marketability of youths in the various workplaces, especially for places such as Nadi with its tourist population,” said Mr. Nair.

“CI@USP is not just a token of education - it aims to be a bridge of friendship between Fiji and China,” said Mr. Huang. “CI@USP Lautoka will continue to promote Chinese language and culture in the Western Division by improving teaching quality, offering diverse courses and deepening integration into local communities.”

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