1st Program of Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese Launched in Benin

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Abomey-Calavi [Time]    2014-01-03 14:32:55 
 

On the morning of November 25, the launch ceremony of the first program of Bachelor’s degree in Chinese in Benin was held in the hall of the College of Science of the University of Abomey-Calavi. The attendees included Counselor of the Culture Department of the Chinese Embassy in Benin Bai Guangming, President of the University of Abomey-Calavi Brice SINSIN, Beninese and Chinese Directors of the Confucius Institute at University of Abomey-Calavi Julien and Li Hongxiu, Dean of the College of Science of the University of Abomey-Calavi, Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts of the University of Abomey-Calavi, along with all the Chinese teachers, volunteer teachers as well as local teachers of the Confucius Institute.


The launch ceremony of the first program of Bachelor’s degree in Chinese in Benin.

The Confucius Institute at University of Abomey-Calavi had started its preparation for the establishment of the first program of Bachelor’s degree in Chinese in Benin the year before. In the first half of this year, the Syllabus for the Program of Bachelor’s degree in Chinese passed the review of the expert panel of the University of Abomey-Calavi. Starting this September, the Confucius Institute began to publicize the program via news media such as the radio and newspaper. On November 18, 42 students officially embarked on their journey of studying Chinese, the courses of Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Pronunciation Training and so forth making their first appearance in the Chinese class.

At the launch ceremony, Brice SINSIN accentuated the significance of this program, saying that Chinese is the mother tongue of 1.3 billion Chinese people, and now an increasing number of non-natives are studying Chinese language and culture. He pointed out that China has long established friendly ties with Africa, and China and Benin are as close as brothers. The aim of the Confucius Institute in Benin is to better support local students to learn Chinese. He told the students that the future would prove that they made the right choice today to add Chinese to their language list of English and French.

On behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Benin, Counselor Bai Guangming expressed his congratulations on the launch of the program of Bachelor’s degree in Chinese in Benin. He remarked that the embassy has always been the supporter of all the work of the Confucius Institute, adding that the launch of this program marked a new phase of the Chinese teaching cause in Benin. He was convinced that this program will have a bright future in Benin.

Chinese Director Li Hongxiu reviewed the growth of the Confucius Institute at University of Abomey-Calavi via PPT slides with illustrations and pictures, introducing the status quo of each teaching site of the Confucius Institute as well as the whole process of creating this program. She envisioned the future development of the Confucius Institute, hoping that the Chinese teaching cause in Benin can be pushed onto a new height.

Beninese Director Julien, Dean of the College of Science and Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts also addressed the ceremony, lauding the official launch of this program. Hu Yuehong, representative of teachers of the Confucius Institute, said that every student with perseverance and confidence can learn Chinese well.

At the end of the launch ceremony hosted by Bingda, who has already passed HSK Level-Ⅳ, the students put on some excellent shows. Freshmen who have learned Chinese for only a week sang two Chinese songs -- Liang-zhi laohu (Two tigers) and Xiaoshou paipai (Clap your little hands). Sketches Cesuo zai nali (Where is the bathroom) and Da dianhua (Make a call) performed by intermediate students had everyone laugh hard. Then, everyone clapped their hands to the Chinese song Tongzhuo de ni (You, my desk-mate), and the reverberating slogan of “Xue shuo zhongguo hua, pengyou bian tianxia” (Learn Chinese,Double Your World) in the hall brought the ceremony to a climax.

Local media such as Beninese TV stations and Benin Daily also covered the launch ceremony.

Written by Zhang Awei Photographed by Deng Ling