Chinese teaching in Bangladesh

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at Dhaka University [Time]    2016-09-30 13:30:37 

On August 11th, 2016, the crew of the China Central Television (CCTV) program “Belt and Road” visited the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. They paid a visit to the Chinese department and China Research Center at the Institute of Modern Languages, as well as the Confucius Institute at University of Dhaka (CI at DU), which was recently founded in November 2015.

The crew of the China Central Television (CCTV) program “Belt and Road” visiting the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

CCTV interviewing the students from the University of Dhaka

The crew respectively interviewed the Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, Chinese teachers sent by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), and local teachers and students from both the Chinese Department and Confucius Institute at DU.

Students taking the Chinese class

During the interview, the Chinese Director of CI at DU introduced the history and present situation of Chinese language education in Bangladesh. She excitedly said that, along with the increasing positive impact of the “Belt and Road” Initiative, communication and cooperation in such fields as education, culture and trade have rapidly increased. As a result, more and more people have decided to learn the Chinese language, and the demand for Chinese-related human resources has been increasing. This has brought on both opportunities and challenges for TCSOL in Bangladesh. CCTV performed a special interview of students in the Chinese arts class. And the students there showed their intense interest in Chinese language and culture.

A local teacher giving a Chinese lesson

At present, the major institutions providing Chinese courses in Dhaka include the Chinese Department at IML of DU, which began offering Chinese classes at quite an early point; the Confucius Institute at North South University, the first Confucius Institute established in South Asia; the CRI-SMF Confucius Classroom; YOU Bangladesh Distance Language Learning Center; and BRAC University. Earlier in 2016, the Confucius Institute at DU also began offering Chinese classes, marking the second CI cooperation program of Yunnan University in Bangladesh.