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80 Graduate In Chinese

About 80 students graduated in the Chinese language from the University of the South Pacific’s Confucius Institute at its Laucala Campus on Wednesday. This is the ninth graduation ceremony since
18 Jun 2016 08:07
80 Graduate In Chinese

About 80 students graduated in the Chinese language from the University of the South Pacific’s Confucius Institute at its Laucala Campus on Wednesday.

This is the ninth graduation ceremony since the programme was first launched in February 2012.

The institute’s local director, Joan Yee, said the 80 graduates were part of the 165 students who graduated from its campuses in Lautoka, Emalus in Vanuatu and in Cook Islands.

Ms Yee said the graduates had been studying throughout the semester at different levels.

The different Chinese Language Social Course programme levels are: Beginner 1, 2, 3; Intermediate 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; and Advanced Credit Courses levels.

“For a lot of them, they have a lot of jobs that require a little bit of Chinese while some of them are interested and see some potential,” she said.

Ms Yee said they had also conducted Chinese language classes in various schools such as International Secondary School Suva, Multi Intelligence Primary School, Adi Cakobau School, Draiba Primary school and Vila East Primary School in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

The institute also conducted in-house training at the Fiji Corrections Service, Vinod Patel, Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority and plans to introduce it to Fiji Ports Limited in the next semester.

“For the Corrections Service this is the second semester as one was second semester last year. They have come to us because I believe the staff in Corrections need to know the language because they might come across people who maybe speak only Chinese.

“Vinod Patel too have approached us as they might be doing a lot of trade with China and some of their customers might be Chinese,” Ms Yee said.

She said there were hotels and airport staff participation as they dealt with tourists and visitors from China.

Ms Yee said they were planning to also begin classes in Labasa, Savusavu and Tonga.

Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Zhang Ping, while speaking earlier on China-Fiji Relationship, said the Confucius Institute at USP was a bridge of understanding and friendship linking China and the South Pacific island countries.

He also regarded USP as the most prestigious university in the south Pacific region.

The institute was set up by a memorandum of understanding between the Hanban Confucius Institute, the University of the Post and Telecommunications, (both in China) and USP.



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