South Africa’s First “Chinese +” Vocational Skill Practice Center Established in Durban

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Durban University of Technology, South Africa [Time]    2019-04-25 13:34:27 
 

On April 18th, South Africa’s first “Chinese +” vocational skill training and practice center – Vocational Skill Practice Center of the Confucius Institute at Durban University of Technology (DUT), South Africa, and the Great Wall Skill Training Center was formally established in Durban. Fei Mingxing, Consul General of China in Durbanm, Fawzia Peer, Deputy Mayor of Durban, Sibusiso Moyo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Durban University of Technology, Brenda Govender, Chief Executive Officer at PAX College, Wang Shenglan, Founder of Great Wall Skill Training Center and Wu Lin, Chinese Director of DUT Confucius Institute jointly inaugurated this practice center. More than 100 representatives of overseas-Chinese-funded enterprises and trainees from Durban attended the unveiling ceremony.


South Africa’s first “Chinese +” vocational skill training and practice center established in Durban

Peer, Deputy Mayor of Durban, expressed in her speech that high unemployment, poverty, and inequality are the three major problems facing South African society. Specifically, South Africa’s high unemployment rate is due primarily to a significant gap in professional and technical personnel. For this reason, the establishment of this training and practice center will create job opportunities for more local people. Also, Peer encouraged the first batch of trainees to cherish these training opportunities, master professional skills through this platform, and apply them to future work to create more benefits for enterprises.

“This is a praiseworthy step for overseas-Chinese enterprises and the Confucius Institute in South Africa,” said Consul General of China in Durban Fei Mingxing. Raising the employment rate is the key to solving poverty and inequality, which requires the joint efforts from the government, enterprises, and society. The establishment of the training and practice center presents a vivid explanation of President Xi Jinping’s idea of building a community of shared future for mankind, and puts into practice his thought raised in 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation that “China will do more to help Africa alleviate poverty, pursue development, increase employment and income, and better the lives of its people”. This center has played as a model for South African enterprises and even its society.

Professor Moyo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Durban University of Technology, expressed her congratulations on the center’s establishment. However, she also stressed that obtaining a diploma does not equal to finding a job. “The continuous development of technology today puts forward higher requirements for employees. Only by mastering certain professional skills can one go higher and further in the workplace.”

In March this year, DUT Confucius Institute recommended two outstanding Chinese students majoring in textile technology to intern at the training and practice center on a trial run. After a month of adjustment and adaptation, Gao Zhihong said: “This is my first internship, and I felt so lucky. It is learning Chinese that provided me with this valuable internship opportunity.”


South Africa’s first “Chinese +” vocational skill training and practice center established in Durban

The Vocational Skill Practice Center of the Confucius Institute at Durban University of Technology, South Africa and the Great Wall Skill Training Center, is the second time that DUT Confucius Institute has consolidated the “Chinese +” vocational skill training on the ground after the Forum on International Vocational Chinese Language Training Program and Business Incubation for the Participating Countries in the Belt and Road Initiative last year, forging the ties between the employment and entrepreneurship of local overseas-Chinese enterprises and students with Chinese language.

Wu Lin, Chinese Director of DUT Confucius Institute, said that DUT Confucius Institute will continue to develop cooperation with Chinese-funded and overseas-Chinese-funded enterprises, usher in an “order-based” training mode, and create practice, training and job opportunities for more students learning Chinese, so as to train more compound talents who master both technology and Chinese. In this regard, a vertical self-circulation of professional and technical personnel training can be built to realize the integration of “teaching”, “learning”, “practicing” and “applying”, contributing to South Africa’s employment and China-South Africa economic exchanges and development.