The First Chinese Course Launched in Western Division of Fiji

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of the South Pacific [Time]    2014-04-18 11:43:42 

The Confucius Institute at the University of the South Pacific (CI-USP) officially launched its first Chinese course in its Lautoka campus on April 8th.

Dr. Premila Devi, the director of the Lautoka Campus delivered the welcome address first. She said Lautoka Campus is one of the three campuses of USP in Western Division in Fiji. It caters for a geographical area that extends from Rakiraki in the north of Viti Levu, via Tavua, Ba, Lautoka and Nadi to Sigatoka in the south of the island, as well as the Yasawa group. She thanked the CI-USP for bringing the Chinese course to the second largest city-Lautoka, providing convenience and opening another door for local communities to know China and to understand its culture.

The Chinese director of CI-USP Professor Li Denggui, in his guest address gave his sincere appreciation to the University of the South Pacific, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Chinese Communities in Fiji and local people for their care and support to CI-USP in its fast development. He also encouraged the students of the first Chinese class at Lautoka Campus to work hard in learning Chinese language, and comprehending the profound Chinese culture and contributing to the strengthening of the friendship of two countries and their people. At last, Professor Li presented a T-shirt and a cap with Confucius Institute Logo to Dr. Devi and took a picture with the guests and the students.

The past two years has witnessed the CI-USP’s rapid development in enrichment of students’ backgrounds, continuous increase in enrolment and high demand on opening Chinese course in different campuses of USP. Opening Chinese course in Lautoka not only marked the history of CI-USP in promoting Chinese language and culture in Fiji, but also brought the positive influence on local Chinese education. It is known that Lautoka Chinese School which has a history of about a century would soon welcome its first two Chinese teachers from China.

The function was attended by the Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Business Association Mr. Zheng Zigang, the Principal of Lautoka Chinese School Ms. Sharama, the Member of Lautoka Chinese School Board Committee Ms. Mun Fong, the Secretary- General of the Chinese Business Association Mr. Wu Zhenming and his wife, the Coordinator of Continuing and Community Education at USP Lautoka Campus Mr. Rajendra Singh, the former Registrar of the USP Ms. Sarojini Pillay, the Coordinator of Chinese credit course Ms. Li Haiyan, the first cohort students of the Beginners Course and the staff of the USP Lautoka Campus.