Malaysian Deputy Minister of Higher Education Visits the Kongzi Institute for the Teaching of Chinese Language at the University of Malaya

[Source]    Division of Confucius Institute Affairs [Time]    2010-08-23 10:13:24 

On August 4th, Hou Kok Chung, Malaysian Deputy Minister of Higher Education led a delegation in a visit the Kongzi Institute for the Teaching of Chinese Language at the University of Malaya. Deputy Minister Hou first visited the new office place located in the first floor of Block A in the University of Malaya City Campus, and asked for details on the institute’s operation. He was made happy and felt affirmation in regards to the institute’s working when he learned that the institute had received more than 200 Chinese learners through: training courses for teaching staff of the university, social courses, HSK trainings and credit courses for the National Defense University, in addition to cultural-exchange programs such as a summer camp. The deputy minister has paid a great deal of attention to the establishment of the school, and unveiled its plaque together with his Chinese counterpart Hao Ping.

After listening to a report from the Chinese director, the visitors enjoyed performances given by 3 Malay students studying at the institute. The students have been awarded scholarships to study in China by oil companies in Malaysia and will soon begin a 4-year bachelor study on petroleum engineering in China. To help them improve their Chinese skills and complete their education, the institute specially provided them with a short-term Chinese course. In their speeches they expressed that the course had helped them greatly, and that they had become more confident in the study in China. They intend to study diligently and make contributions to the petroleum industry in Malaysia.

Major media outlets in Malaysia such as Sin Chew Daily, China Press, Guang Ming Daily and Kwong Wah Daily all ran big stories on the visit. Related TV stations also reported on the event.