Confucius Institute at Royal Academy of Cambodia Holds Opening Ceremony for Mandarin Center at Cambodian Ministry of National Defense

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Royal Academy of Cambodia [Time]    2017-07-28 15:44:33 
 

On July 12th, the Confucius Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia held an opening ceremony for the “Mandarin Center at the Cambodian Ministry of National Defense”. Over a hundred guests attended the event, including Neang Phat, Secretary of State of the Cambodian Ministry of National Defense, Li Ningya, Military Attache of the Chinese Embassy to Cambodia, Chea Munyrith, Cambodian Director of the Confucius Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, Xia Xiulong, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, and relevant officers of the Cambodian Ministry of National Defense.


Signing cooperation agreement


The unveiling ceremony

Neang Phat noted in his speech that Cambodia-China friendship enjoys a long history. Since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1958, they have developed a profound friendship. He thanked the Confucius Institute for setting up the mandarin center to help the military personnel of the Cambodian Ministry of National Defense to learn Chinese. Neang Phat also encouraged the members studying in the center to work hard and strive to have a good command of the Chinese language so as to make positive contributions to the military cooperation and exchanges between the two countries.

Li Ningya extended his congratulations on the opening ceremony of the Mandarin Center in the Ministry of National Defense under the Confucius Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia. Li Ningya said, through the study in the center, the Cambodian military personnel will develop a deeper understanding of the Chinese culture and contribute more to the cooperation and exchanges between the two militaries.


Li Ningya delivering a speech

Saroeun expressed gratitude to the Confucius Institute for launching the center. Saroeun hoped the institute will give more support and assistance to the center.

Chea Munyrith introduced some general information about the Confucius Institute in such aspects as Chinese language teaching and cultural exchanges. He also showed appreciation to the Cambodian Ministry of National Defense for its support in the process of establishing the mandarin center.


Chea Munyrith addressing the ceremony

The Mandarin Center at the Cambodian Ministry of National Defense has received 60 members as its first batch of students, who have lectures from Monday to Friday every week. Prior to the establishment of the center, the Confucius Institute of the Royal Academy of Cambodia had opened mandarin teaching sites in such units of the Cambodian armed forces as the Cambodian Military Academy, the Paratroops, and the Preah Ket Mealea Hospital


Students of the Mandarin Center in the Cambodian Ministry of National Defense

In recent years, the demand for Chinese language talents in various fields in Cambodia is on the rise, and the “Chinese Craze” is sustaining. As the cooperation and exchanges between the militaries of China and Cambodia being deepened, more talents with Chinese language skills and knowledge of Chinese culture are needed in the Cambodian armed forces.

Story by Chen Jingwen