Memorandum of Cooperation on Chinese Language Teaching Signed Between Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe and Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT)

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe [Time]    2013-12-26 09:48:06 
 


Memorandum of Cooperation on Chinese Language Teaching was signed between Professor David Simbi, Vice Chancellor of the Chinhoyi University of Technology, and Professor Levi Nyagura, Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe

On November 8, 2013, the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Cooperation on Chinese Language Teaching at Chinhoyi University of Technology was held in the Chancellor’s Conference Room at the University of Zimbabwe. Nearly one hundred guests attended the ceremony, including Professor Levi Nyagura, Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, Professor David Simbi, Vice Chancellor of the Chinhoyi University of Technology, Cai Jian, Official of the Cultural Office of the Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe, Professor Pedzisai Mashiri, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe, and Lin Yuan, Chinese Director of the Institute.

Prof. Nyagura, Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, reviewed in his speech the establishment and running of the Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe. He believed that in the context of economic globalization, learning Chinese has become an irreversible trend around the world and the Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe is right on trend. Through many years’ development, the Confucius Institute has made indelible contribution to the exchanges between China and Zimbabwe in the fields of politics, economy, culture, etc. He then expressed his hope that the Chinhoyi University of Technology, as a partner, would make use of its own advantages to not only provide its students with opportunities to learn Chinese language and culture, but also make the opportunities accessible to enterprises as well as primary and secondary schools, thus could better serve the local communities.

Prof. Simbi, Vice Chancellor of the Chinhoyi University of Technology, extended his gratitude to the Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe for this opportunity of cooperation. Quoting from many articles and taking himself as an example, he illustrated in a vivid way that language is the tool for people to convey their thoughts and it is impossible for people to make communication without language. He further pointed out: at present, the population of China accounts for one fifth of the world population and its economic aggregate ranks second in the world; therefore, to learn and master Chinese language is significant for the development of both an individual and a society.

In the beautiful song performed by the chorus of the Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe and under the witness of nearly one hundred guests, the Memorandum of Cooperation was signed by and between Prof. Simbi, Vice Chancellor of the Chinhoyi University of Technology, and Prof. Nyagura, Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, marking the inauguration of the fifth Chinese language teaching site of the Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe.

Chinhoyi is the capital of Mashonaland West Province in Zimbabwe and the Chinhoyi University of Technology is the most prestigious university in this province. With the establishment of this teaching site, Chinese language courses and related consulting services will be provided for over two million people living in Mashonaland West Province as well as surrounding provinces and cities, which will lay a solid foundation for the nationwide promotion of Chinese language and culture in Zimbabwe.

By Hu Jing