Confucius Institute for Chinese Medicine at the University of Western Cape in South Africa Inaugurated

[Source]    xinhuanet.com [Time]    2019-09-18 17:14:49 
 

The Confucius Institute for Chinese Medicine (CICM) at the University of Western Cape (UWC), the first of its kind on the African continent, was inaugurated on September 11th in Cape Town, South Africa.

Yuan Jiajun, Governor of Zhejiang Province, and Ghaleeb Jeppie, Chief Director of International Relations at the Department of Higher Education and Training of South Africa, jointly unveiled the plaque of the CICM at the UWC.

In his speech, Lin Jing, Chinese General Consul in Cape Town, said that, with the foundation of CICM at the UWC, the mission of the Confucius Institutes in South Africa has expanded from language teaching to a broader field, lifting the level of people-to-people and cultural exchange and educational cooperation between China and South Africa to a new height.

Lin Jing noted that the CICM integrates traditional and modern Chinese medicine science with Chinese language teaching, which will surely open a new window for South Africans to understand Chinese culture and build a new bridge for cooperation between China and Africa in traditional medicine.

At the unveiling ceremony, Meko Magida, Acting President of the UWC, said that the UWC will use this platform to work with Chinese universities in a range of areas and activities including culture, language, and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Huo Nuonuo, a practitioner of traditional South African medicine who attended the unveiling ceremony, told Xinhua News Agency that TCM and traditional South African medicine are different from but connected with each other. He hoped to learn more about TCM and combine TCM with traditional South African medicine so as to provide better medical solutions for patients.

The CICM at the UWC was jointly established by the UWC, Zhejiang Normal University and Zhejiang Chinese Medical University as entrusted by Confucius Institute Headquarters.

(Story by Gao Yuan, Xinhua News Agency, Cape Town, September 11th)

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