First Chinese Language Test Center in North Korea Unveiled

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters [Time]    2019-05-13 16:09:00 

On May 7th, 2019, Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) in North Korea hosted the unveiling ceremony of the first Chinese language test center in North Korea. Cho Chol, Vice Chairman of North Korea’s People’s Education Commission, Sang Ik Park and Yu-Taik Chon, chiefs of PUST, Li Jinjun, Chinese Ambassador to North Korea, Zhao Guocheng Deputy Director-general of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, other chiefs of some institutions such as Foreign Languages Publishing House of North Korea and over 300 teacher and students of Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies and Pyongyang Tourism College attended the unveiling ceremony.

Wonderful Chinese speech contests were also held after the unveiling ceremony. North Korea is the 137th country to set up Chinese language test centers. PUST is the 1,141st test center in the world, which can organize and give four Chinese language tests, including Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK), Hanyu Shuiping Kouyu Kaoshi (HSKK), Youth Chinese Test (YCT), and Business Chinese Test (BCT).

Such Chinese language tests as HSK are standardized tests of international Chinese proficiency sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters. Over 6 million people have participated in the examination since its official implementation in 1990. HSK has become an important means for overseas students to study in China, apply for scholarships, and assess Chinese language teaching. More and more national government departments and multinational enterprises are employing it as a vital reference for employment, salary promotion and job promotion.

The operation of the HSK test center of the Confucius Institute at PUST will surely set up a new bridge for the language and cultural exchanges between the two countries. It will provide a better learning platform for Chinese language learners in North Korea, and break new ground for the mutual exchanges and learning between the two peoples, particularly the young people in the two countries.

As a non-profit educational institution, the Confucius Institute Headquarters aims to enhance all people’s understanding of Chinese people’s language and culture in the world, develop friendly relations between China and other countries, promote the development of multiculturalism globally, and contribute to building a harmonious world. At present, the Confucius Institute Headquarters has established more than 500 Confucius Institutes, Confucius Classrooms or Chinese language centers in cooperation with educational institutions such as foreign universities and colleges in 154 countries and regions around the world. The Confucius Institute Headquarters is also committed to supporting the government of all countries, the universities, primary and secondary schools as well as educational institutions to carry out Chinese language teaching. Additionally, it also carries out language and cultural exchanges with countries around the world by means of training and dispatching Chinese teachers and faculties, developing and providing Chinese textbooks, conducting a series of Chinese language examinations, holding “Chinese Bridge” competitions, sponsoring students studying in China with Confucius Institutes scholarship and via other projects.

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