Confucius Institute at University of Nairobi Delivers Fruits in Cultivating Excellent Students

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Nairobi, Kenya [Time]    2018-11-23 17:46:51 
 

Mercy Mweni Kathina, an overseas student working as an intern in the Kenyan Embassy in China, participated in the work of the Kenyan National Pavilion and the reception of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the just-concluded China International Import Expo in 2018.


Uhuru Kenyatta and staff of Kenyan Embassy in China

Cultivated by the Confucius Institute at University of Nairobi, Mercy Mweni Kathina was awarded a yearly scholarship for her excellent performance and went to Tianjin Normal University to study Chinese in 2016. One year later, she won the scholarship again and studied for the "2+1" master’s degree of teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages at Tianjin Normal University. She currently works as an intern at the Kenyan Embassy in China.

Mercy Mweni Kathina is passionate about the Chinese culture. Once leading the dance troupe of the Confucius Institute at University of Nairobi, she interpreted her understanding for the Chinese culture through the folk song “Spicy Gals” with other troupe members. In 2016, she won the third place in the Kenyan qualifiers of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students.

“When I began to learn Chinese, I never thought I would make it so far and know so many people encouraging and believing in me. Chinese brings me confidence and good luck, and forges my future. I know the career path I want to take. I appreciate the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi and Tianjin Normal University for giving me confidence and recommending me to the Kenyan Embassy in China (Beijing). I am honored for being given such an opportunity to give full play to my potential in teaching the Chinese language in the embassy and meeting the President.” Mercy Mweni Kathina said.


Uhuru Kenyatta and Mercy Mweni Kathina

Together with Mercy Mweni Kathina, Noah and Isaac Karani Muthamia, graduates of the Confucius Institute at University of Nairobi, also participated in the reception during the China International Import Expo. Noah is a backbone member of the choir of the Confucius Institute at University of Nairobi. After receiving a scholarship from the Confucius Institute, he studied as a graduate student at Fudan University in Shanghai. Having won a scholarship from the Confucius Institute, Karani went to Tianjin Normal University to study for a master’s degree in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages. After graduation, he returned to Nairobi and was employed as an investment advisor by Kenya Investment Authority.


Uhuru Kenyatta talking with students of Confucius Institute

Xiao Shan, Director of the Confucius Institute at University of Nairobi, said emerging from the cooperation between Confucius Institutes and Chinese universities, the cultivation of excellent students is a traditional project of the Confucius Institute at University of Nairobi. The outstanding students they’ve cultivated over the years have been engaging in Kenya's national construction, helping the country in the "Big Four Development". The Confucius Institute at University of Nairobi also strives to normalize the cultivation of outstanding students in its daily work.