USP launches Mandarin course
By FONUA TALEI
The Confucius Institute at the University of the South Pacific (USP) yesterday launched its first Mandarin course at the regional university.
About seventy students from various government departments, Chinese companies and tourist services are expected to take up this new course.
With the service of two lecturers, students of the course can go on to become messengers between China and Fiji in the field of economics, culture and education.
While addressing guests at the inaugural launching ceremony of the new course, Confucius Institute director, Professor Denggui Li, assured students that lecturers will teach them with passion and a responsible and earnest attitude.
“The opening of the first Mandarin course marks an important stage in the development of the Confucius Institute at USP. It is the milestone outcome for all the previous preparation work,” Professor Li said.
University vice-chancellor and president, Professor Rajesh Chandra said this will bring a very significant relationship between China and Fiji.
“USP needs to engage with the really major powers in the world and China is one of them.”
“Also there’s a lot of interest in the Pacific to have some place where Chinese language could be taught and also so people can appreciate the Chinese culture.”