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UB offers Chinese language courses

The University of Botswana, through Confucius Institute, will offer short courses in Chinese language and culture beginning July this year. The first session runs from six to nine weeks. These courses, which will be offered to specific groups within the civil service, the private sector and the general public, will include Chinese for Beginners, Chinese for Tourism and Chinese for Business. Chinese language as a minor or major within the Bachelor of Arts Degree programme will be introduced in 2010.

Occasionally, the Confucius Institute will host public lectures and events related to Chinese culture and society.

The decision to establish the Confucius Institute at UB is a result of the 2006 University Council’s approval of the Policy on Internationalisation. The policy commits UB to developing strategic partnerships with higher education institutions in a number of Asian countries.

In order to facilitate and strengthen educational cooperation between Botswana and China, UB and the office of Chinese Language Council International, HANBAN, signed the Memorandum of Understanding in October 2007.

Confucius Institute (CI) is an institute named after Confucius, China’s most influential educator and philosopher who lived from 551 to 478B.C. He was popularly known as Master Kong or Kongzi. His social philosophy has remained central to the Chinese people for over 2,500 years.

Confucius Institutes have been a result of joint efforts between Chinese higher education institutions and those of other countries that go back to 2005. By the end of 2008, 249 Confucius Institutes and 56 Confucius “Classrooms” had been established around the world. Among these are 21 Cls in 14 African countries.

CIs have drawn enthusiastic attention and great support from many parts of the world. These CIs have enhanced exchange and collaboration in the fields of education, culture, economy and trade between China and the rest of the world.

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