USP hosts Peace Ark Cultural Performance at Laucala Campus
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Members of the Hospital Ship Peace Ark and USP representatives after the cultural performance at the University.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Confucius Institute hosted a successful Hospital Ship Peace Ark Cultural Performance at the Laucala Campus on 3 August 2018.
Held at the Australia-Pacific Performance Space, the cultural event was well attended by invited guests including His Excellency Qian Bo, Chinese Ambassador to Fiji and Madam Lu; Dr Giulio Paunga, Vice-President Regional Campuses and Estates & Infrastructure; Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE); Dr Yang Hui, Chinese Director of CI; and staff and students of the University.
Other notable attendees included Mr Dixon Seeto, Chair of the Confucius Institute Programme Advisory Committee; Ms Jenny Seeto, Chair of the Chinese Association and members of the Chinese community.
In welcoming the guests, Dr Kedrayate noted that this is the second trip of the Peace Ark to Fiji, the first of which was held four years ago.
“We are aware that Hospital Ship Peace Ark is a floating hospital, which is making a goodwill visit to Fiji for eight (8) days. During this period, it will provide free medical and humanitarian services to the local and Chinese communities,” she commented.
“We learn that there are not only doctors, but also talented artists on the ship. And that is why we are here today. USP is a regional University and has been a centre for cultural diversity and exchanges,” Dr Kedrayate remarked.
She stated that she was honoured that Peace Ark was able to come to USP to present their culture, while Pasifika Voices were more than eager to sing Fijian and Chinese songs in an exciting cultural performance.
“This is the cultural interaction that we have been pursuing,” she added.
Rear Admiral Guan Bailin, the Commander-in-Chief of the task “Mission Harmony-2018” said they were equally honoured and excited to present the Chinese culture via the performance at USP.
He stated that their visit will con¬solidate and strengthen the traditional friendship between China and South Pacific countries including Fiji. The floating hospital will be at the Suva Wharf from August 2-9, 2018. Commissioned in 2008 with a full-load displacement of over 14,000 tons, the Peace Ark is equipped with about 300 beds, eight (8) operating rooms, and more than 200 types of medical devices including Computed Tomography (CT), color ul¬trasonic, and automatic biochemistry analyser.
The night was a colourful one with a number of performances from the naval officers and Pasifika Voices, who at the end of the occasion, sang the renowned Isalei farewell song.
The two sides exchanged gifts demonstrating a clear sign of comradeship, trust and goodwill between USP and China.
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