A professor and administrator of the University of Liberia has expressed his amazement over the growth of the Confucius Institute (CI) on the campus of the university.
Confucius Institute is part of the Chinese Language Teaching Program established on the UL campus to serve as a cultural exchange for interested Liberians.
During activities marking the celebration of the institute’s 7th anniversary, observed on November 22, UL professor, Debby Syndee, said the Institute is building relations between Liberia and the People’s Republic of China, and that its association with the UL Administration is a welcomed venture.
Professor Syndee said many Liberian students can now speak Chinese and have visited China, giving the impression that peoples of both countries can now better understand each other.
Dr. Huang Jian, CI’s Co-Director, commended the staff for their contributions in making the institute vibrant and enabling the students to learn the Chinese language.
He said that in seven years, the Institute has grown from “baby to boy,” assuring that it will very soon become a full grown institution with the help of every stakeholder.
He added that during the health crisis that brought setbacks to the country’s economy and put people at risk, the Chinese remained here and the Institute continued to operate.
At the program, 16 students received diplomas in the Chinese language, while the CI’s artistic choir kept the audience spellbound.
Meanwhile, CI Director, Dr. Bah, recounted the achievements of the Institute during the post-Ebola period, believing that CI is a good platform for Liberians to know China and speak the language and learn the culture.
He urged Liberian students learning the Chinese language to dedicate themselves and use the available opportunities before them in China.