Ambassador Wu Xi, centre right with Chinese language students and USP Cook Islands Advisory Committee members during a visit to USP Cook Island Confucius Classroom.
Her Excellency Ambassador Wu Xi, the newly appointed Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand visited the Confucius Classroom at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Cook Islands Campus on 4 May, 2018.
Ambassador Wu, who has responsibility for China’s relations with New Zealand, the Cook Islands and Niue, was in Rarotonga to present her credentials to the Queen's Representative, formally commencing her tour of duty.
The Ambassador met with Dr Roderick Dixon, USP’s Cook Islands Campus Director, the Chair and members of the USP Cook Islands Advisory Committee together with Confucius Classroom staff.
Ambassador Wu was entertained by students from the Immanuela Academia School, the first Cook Islands school to adopt Chinese language learning as part of its curriculum.
The language is now taught as part of the curriculum of 3 Cook Islands schools with instructors from USP’s Cook Islands Confucius Classroom.
The programme for the Ambassador included speeches and songs from students in the Chinese language.
Ambassador Wu complimented the students on ‘their remarkable grasp of the language’ and thanked the teachers for their contribution to Chinese language learning.
She further commended the campus for 'providing a family' for Confucius Institute teachers and volunteers.
In December, 2017, the USP Cook Islands Classroom was awarded Confucius Classroom of the Year at a ceremony in Xi'an, China. This year, a staff member and language student from USP Cook Islands will visit Bejing, from 25 June-7 July to attend a summer school, featuring professional lectures, Chinese cultural activities, company visits, and sightseeing tours.
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