Three new Confucius Institutes to open in Brazil

[Source]    xinhuanet [Time]    2014-08-08 09:58:14 

RECIFE, July 18 (Xinhua) — Madam Xu Lin, Director General of Hanban, who is visiting the Confucius Institute at the University of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, said on July 18, 2014 that a day earlier, Confucius Institute Headquarters had signed agreements with the State University of Campinas, the Federal University of Pará, and the Federal University of Ceará to co-establish Confucius Institutes. According to these agreements, three new Confucius Institutes will open in Brazil this year and next.

Madam Xu said that both China and Brazil are major developing countries. The economic and political exchanges between the two are getting increasingly close. Brazil is strongly interested in China and Brazilians are marveled at China’s rapidly growing economy. More and more Brazilians hope to further understand China through learning Chinese language.

Mr. Wang Gang, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Pernambuco, remarked that Brazilian students’ enthusiasm in learning Chinese is surprising, and since its establishment over half a year ago, the Institute has enrolled more than 80 students. He expected that the number of students enrolled at the Institute would have risen to between 300 and 400 by September, 2015 and reached 500 by 2016.

Carlos Fernando de Araújo Calado, Rector of the University of Pernambuco, said that the Confucius Institute not only provides Brazilian students with first-class Chinese education, but also serves as a platform for rich and diversified cultural exchanges between Brazil and China.

Madam Xu said that the reason for not being able to establish more Confucius Institutes in Brazil now is not lack of funding, but lack of teachers who know both Chinese language teaching and Portuguese. Therefore, for quite a long time in the future, Hanban will need to actively train Chinese language teachers who can also speak Portuguese.

by Wang Zhengrun


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