Philippine’s First “Double Bachelor’s Degree in China-UK Education” Graduation Ceremony and Certification Ceremony Held

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines [Time]    2019-04-25 13:27:30 

On April 14th, the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University (AMU) in the Philippines, in collaboration with the University of Caloocan City (UCC), organized the first graduation ceremony and certification ceremony of the “Double Bachelor’s Degree Project in China-UK Education” at its Makati campus. Atty.Roderick P.Vera, Vice President of University of Caloocan City, Mary Go Ng and Shi Ziyun, vice presidents of Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, three directors of the Confucius Institute at the AMU, including Foreign Director Huang Shuxiu, first Chinese Director Zhang Shitao, current Chinese Director Liang Guanghan, and 53 graduates attended the ceremony.

In her speech, Huang Shuxiu congratulated the graduating students and expressed her belief that they would have a bright future.

Huang Shuxiu delivering a speech

Liang Guanghan expressed that since 2015, the Confucius Institute at the AMU had sent 17 Chinese teachers for the “Double Bachelor’s Degree Project in China-UK Education” to provide 53 students with quality and free undergraduate education. She said, “Language bridges the soul. I believe that you will be not only excellent teachers of Chinese but also messengers of cultural exchanges between China and the Philippines. Sowing the seeds of friendship between the two countries enables your future to be as beautiful as your Chinese name.”

Liang Guanghan delivering a speech

Atty.Roderick P.Vera also expressed his congratulations to the graduating students. He said, “You are lucky to have the opportunity to get a full scholarship program. Learning Chinese and learning how to become a Chinese teacher are more than meaningful. I hope that you will continue to work hard in your future jobs.”

Atty.Roderick P.Vera delivering a speech

Valedictorians, Kang Feiya and Hu Mengdong, shared their feelings of learning Chinese and experiencing Chinese culture with their classmates in the past four years. They said that they did not know what Chinese is in their first class, but now they have fallen in love with this language, including writing and speaking in Chinese. Despite many difficulties, they have never given up, and they have raised even more awareness of the significance of learning and promoting Chinese.

Kang Feiya giving a speech

Zhang Shitao expressed that language is a bridge for friendly exchanges between human beings. He believed that graduates would make their contributions to improving the understanding between China and the Philippines with their better future ahead.

Zhang Shitao delivering a speech

After the addresses, Huang Shuxiu and Liang Guanghan awarded certificates to 53 graduates and witnessed the critical moments of their growth together with the guests present.

Issuing graduate certificate

At the ceremony, the Confucius Institute at the AMU teachers introduced such AMU programs as the Master of International Chinese Education and Confucius Institute Scholarship to encourage students to further their studies, continuously improve their professional qualities, and work hard for Chinese teaching in Philippine as well as their magnificent future.

Group photo

The Confucius Institute at the AMU, in cooperation with the City Government of Caloocan, the University of Caloocan City, the Caloocan City Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and other institutions, signed an agreement on June 12, 2015, aiming to set up the “Double Bachelor’s Degree Project in China-UK Education” at University of Caloocan City and train native Filipino Chinese teachers.

The first graduates are all Filipinos without basic knowledge of Chinese. The Confucius Institute at the AMU adopts the method of immersion teaching to train and educate students in all aspects, including language application, educational theory, cultural experience, academic participation, and teaching practice.

The Confucius Institute at the AMU has established a whole system of training native Chinese teachers, namely Master of International Chinese Education + bilingual double degree + free social continuing education training + qualification certificate examination and training for international Chinese teachers. With such a system, the qualification of native Filipino Chinese teachers can be expected to be improved as a whole, and the current situation and difficulties of the extreme shortage of Chinese teachers are also more likely to be alleviated.