Liu Yandong Visits the Confucius Institute at the University of Botswana

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Botswana [Time]    2011-12-05 17:58:16 

Xinhua News Agency, Gaborone, December 2nd, by Guo Jun - During her official visit to Botswana, Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong paid a visit to the Confucius Institute at the University of Botswana. Madam Liu stated that the Chinese government will bring the Confucius Institute’s special role in promoting cultural exchanges into full play, so as to offer a platform for people in different countries to learn the Chinese language.

In the friendly atmosphere that permeated the campus, Madam Liu Yandong and her delegation visited the Confucius Institute’s Chinese Cultural Experience Corner, an exhibition showcasing the Institute’s teaching programs and activities, and the “Chinese Garden”. She also observed the Institute’s Chinese class, and chatted with the teachers and students at the Students’ Center. The Institute’s teachers and students sang the national anthems of the two countries, and gave an excellent performance.

In her speech, Madam Liu stated that as the first standard Chinese teaching institution in Botswana, the Confucius Institute has attracted a large number of students, businessmen and governmental officials who want to study the Chinese language there. In the past two years, the Institute has offered Chinese training courses to over 1300 students, and was highly recieved by local citizens. Youth are the future of the nation, and language is a tool for cultural continuity and communication. Madam Liu stated her belief that the University of Botswana will cultivate more high-quality Chinese language professionals in the near future.

Madam Liu Yandong presented the Confucius Institute with a set of equipment for the language lab, and invited 100 high school and college students from Botswana to attend a Chinese summer camp that will be held in China.

The Head of the Ministry of Education of Botswana and the President of the University of Botswana stated that the Confucius Institute has become an important bridge for cultural and educational exchanges between Botswana and China, and that Botswana is ready to enact joint efforts with China to further deepen the cultural exchanges between the two countries.

On the same day, Madam Liu, accompanied by Gladys Kokorwe, the Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture of Botswana, visited the Gaborone Multifunctional Youth Center, and met with officials of the Chinese Embassy in Botswana, and representatives of Chinese-invested institutions and overseas Chinese people.