Vice President of Burundi Attends Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony for Model Confucius Institute Building Held by University of Burundi

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Burundi [Time]    2017-07-26 14:33:42 

On July 20th local time, the foundation stone laying ceremony for the Model Confucius Institute building at University of Burundi was held on Mutanga campus. Joseph Butore, Vice President of Burundi, Janvière Ndirahisha, Minister of Education, Higher Education and Scientific Research of Burundi, Jean Bosco Hitimana, Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport of Burundi and Zhuo Ruisheng, Chinese Ambassador to Burundi, attended the ceremony.

Welcome ceremony

Teachers and students of the Confucius Institute, dressed in uniform clothes and holding national flags of the two countries, flowers and balloons in their hands, lined up to welcome the arrival of the guests. At the foundation stone laying ceremony, Vice President Joseph Butore laid the first cornerstone himself. The teaching building of the Model Confucius Institute consists of three floors, including a Director’s Office, Teacher’s Offices, a conference room, classrooms, language labs, a library, a cultural activity room, a photocopy room, a warehouse and other supporting facilities.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony

Joseph Butore laying the foundation for the Confucius Institute

Unveiling ceremony

Copper monument of the building

Joseph Butore getting to know the design and construction plan of the building of the Confucius Institute

Group photo of the attending guests

Since the establishment in 2012, the Confucius Institute at the University of Burundi has been expanding its teaching scale, gaining greater influence and reputation in Burundi. As the number of students increases, the original teaching infrastructure is no longer able to meet the Chinese teaching demand. Therefore, with the endeavors from all parties, the Confucius Institute at the University of Burundi succeeded in its application to become a Model Confucius Institute in 2015. Over the past five years, the Confucius Institute has sent over 70 students to China to learn Chinese and also delivered a large amount of excellent graduates to work at Chinese enterprises in Burundi.

The completion of the teaching building of the Confucius Institute will be more conducive to the promotion of Chinese language and to providing better learning conditions for the local students. Pr Gaspard Banyankimbona, Rector of the University of Burundi and Rosalie Bikorindagara, Vice Rector of the University attended the foundation stone laying ceremony for the teaching building of the Confucius Institute.