First Confucius Institute in Central African Republic Officially Established

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters [Time]    2019-06-24 15:07:48 

On the afternoon of June 21st, Jean-Pierre Mbazo, Ambassador a of the Central African Republic to China, visited the Confucius Institute Headquarters and held talks with Zhao Guocheng, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters. After the talks, Ambassador Mbazoa, on behalf of the President of University of Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR), signed the “Agreement on the Joint Establishment of the Confucius Institute at the Central African University of Bangui” with Zhao Guocheng.

Founded in 1969, the University of Bangui is the only comprehensive public university in the country. Located in Bangui, the capital of CAR, the university has more than 12,000 students and over 700 faculty members. It has provided an elective course on Chinese since 2016. The course is taken by 50 students at present and taught by four local teachers who have studied in China.

In recent years, with the in-depth development of economy and trade between China and CAR, young people in CAR have increasing desire for learning Chinese. Thus, in order to meet the needs of students and local people, the University of Bangui proactively applied to establish a Confucius Institute.

The Confucius Institute at University of Bangui is the first Confucius Institute in the country and the 60th in Africa. According to the agreement between the two parties, the Confucius Institute will, in the practical needs of students and local people, deliver Chinese language courses, and promote linguistic and cultural exchanges and cooperation between the two countries so as to play a positive role in deepening mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.