Chinese language lessons are now being offered at the Confucius Institute at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.
USP has launched the first Mandarin course at the new Confucius Institute. The Institute was established following an agreement between USP and the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) with the approval of Hanban – the Confucius Institute headquarters.
About 70 students from government departments, Chinese companies and tourist service providers are expected to take up the new course.
It focuses on basic daily social communication skills of Chinese Mandarin – listening and speaking. It starts with Chinese pronunciation, and includes the most practical communication tasks needed to meet the basic requirements of daily life in China.
“USP needs to engage with the major players in the world and China is definitely one of them, so for us it is a very important development. We see this as the beginning of what should be a bigger partnership between China and USP,” Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, Professor Rajesh Chandra says.
“The friendly collaboration between China and Fiji has been booming in various fields and there has been growth in demand for Chinese language and cultural learning in the local societies,” says the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency, Mr Huang Yong.