Confucius Institute at University of Helsinki Offers Tailored Chinese Courses for Finnish Entrepreneurs for the First Time

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki [Time]    2017-05-11 08:58:52 

On Apr. 24th, an entrepreneur-tailored Chinese course was started by the Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki. The course, which is the first of its kind, has enrolled in it over 20 Finnish business people.

Teachers at the Confucius Institute teaching Chinese to entrepreneurs

The idea of teaching Finnish entrepreneurs Chinese was proposed by native Finnish entrepreneur Peter Vesterbacka, the father of the game “Angry Birds”. From last year, the Confucius Institute has been working actively with Peter in preparation of the program.

“It sounds rather difficult to learn Chinese, and it’s not exaggeration. I have spent eight weeks last year focusing on learning Chinese, so I know it is feasible to learn Chinese as long as time is properly arranged. And it is really a good investment. With the high-speed railway tunnel connecting Helsinki, the capital of Finland, and Tallin, the capital of Estonia, is coming into reality, this ‘Arctic Silk Road’ needs more talents who know about Chinese and Chinese culture.” Said Peter Vesterbacka.

Peter Vesterbacka discussing the course with teachers at the Confucius Institute

Currently, the Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki offers free Chinese training courses to local Finnish entrepreneurs. The program will last four weeks, once a week for one hour.

“The ‘Belt and Road’ initiative brings different people from different countries together.” Foreign Director of Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki Julie Yu-Wen noted that, a common language gives great impetus to stimulating the mutual understanding and strengthening the cooperation between the two countries. The Chinese class offered at the institute will make new contributions to people-to-people and cultural exchanges, innovation and communication, as well as strengthen cooperation between China and Finland.