China and Kenya jointly establishes the world’s first Confucius Institute featuring textile and fashion design

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at Moi University [Time]    2015-04-15 16:16:29 

On March 30, local time, the Confucius Institute at Moi University, jointly founded by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and Moi University in Kenya, was officially launched and started running. The Chinese partner university of this Confucius Institute is Donghua University in China. It is the first Confucius Institute in the world featuring textile technology and fashion design.

The guests who attended the launching ceremony were Richard K. Mibey, Vice Chancellor of Moi University; Zhu Min, Secretary of CPC of Donghua University; Jackson Mandago, Governor of Uasin Gishu Country; and Yao Ming, Counsellor of Chinese Embassy in Kenya.

Practicing Chinese Taijiquan in Kenya

Before the launching ceremony, teachers from the Confucius Institute and teachers and students of Moi University staged a fantastic art performance. The shows included local African songs and dances, Taijiquan, chorus of Chinese songs and traditional Chinese costume show, which were warmly welcomed by the audience with many rounds of applause.

Students of the Confucius Institute demonstrating traditional Chinese costume

Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, sent a congratulatory letter to the ceremony, in which she said, “There is a long-standing and well-established friendship between China and Kenya. With the alliance of two excellent universities, the Confucius Institute at Moi University will definitely become an important platform for people in Western Kenya to learn Chinese language, know about Chinese culture and educate high-level professionals in the textile industry. This collaboration will push forward the educational and cultural exchange and cooperation between China and Kenya and make more contributions to strengthening the China-Kenya ties.”

According to the good wishes expressed by the Confucius Institute at Moi University, they will popularize Chinese language and culture while promoting the traditional culture of Chinese costumes, Chinese textile engineering technologies and fashion design arts, with a hope to boost the development of local textile industry in Kenya.

Students of Moi University going to the classroom of the Confucius Institute at Moi University

Textile science and engineering has been a traditional discipline at Donghua University famous for its distinctive features and advantages. Since 2010, 17 students from Moi University have received master or doctoral degrees from Donghua University. These graduates returned to Kenya and effectively filled the gap in this field at Moi University. Both universities believed that, based on inter-university cooperation and joint driving forces of governments and textile enterprises in China and Kenya, the establishment of the Confucius Institute at Moi University will bring more cooperative opportunities to the textile manufacturing industries in both China and Kenya and build even closer bilateral ties.

Currently, there are nearly 500 Confucius Institutes around the globe, among which there are 40 in Africa. The newly unveiled Confucius Institute at Moi University is the fourth one established in Kenya.

Reported by Xing Yihang, CRI Online


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