— Amid Chinese New Year Festivities
In a jubilant celebration marking the Chinese New Year, the Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia (CIUL) basked in the glow of its remarkable achievements in 2023.
CIUL Director Dexter Sumo proudly reflected on the institute’s strides, expressing unwavering confidence in an even more incredible year ahead, particularly in Liberia.
Speaking amidst the vibrant festivities in Monrovia, where students, professors, and esteemed guests from the CIUL joined the People’s Republic of China in commemorating the auspicious occasion, Director Sumo emphasized the significance of the institute’s accomplishments. He hailed the past year as a breakthrough, anticipating further triumphs in 2024.
The Chinese New Year, a cherished tradition also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, embodies profound cultural significance, not only in China but across East Asia.
With its rich tapestry of festivities, including language proficiency showcases, cultural immersion experiences, and captivating performances such as acrobatic dances, the event serves as a testament to the enduring ties between nations.
Ahead of the Lunar New Year on February 10th, Director Sumo underscored the importance of reflecting on China’s transformative journey and its global impact.
He reminisced about the pivotal moments of 2023 when the institute, with unwavering support from the faculty senate and university authorities, attained a significant milestone — the establishment of a full-fledged degree program at the University of Liberia. This landmark achievement, Director Sumo emphasized, symbolized the institute’s profound influence and enduring legacy.
Expressing gratitude to China for its pivotal role in nurturing the Confucius Institute not only in Liberia but worldwide, Director Sumo highlighted the institute’s role as a cultural bridge, fostering understanding and cooperation between nations.
The Chinese New Year, steeped in tradition, holds family at its core. Dr. Cletus Sieh, representing UL President Dr. Julius Zarwolo Nelson, underscored the importance of unity and familial bonds during the festival’s pivotal moment — Chinese New Year’s Eve.
Encouraging students to embrace the Chinese language as a gateway to unlocking their potential, Dr. Sieh urged them to dream ambitiously, envisioning futures as diverse as the stars in the sky — be it in medicine, academia, or even the highest echelons of leadership.
As the CIUL relishes its achievements amid the joyous festivities, the Chinese New Year serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring bonds between nations, united in their pursuit of cultural exchange, mutual understanding, and shared prosperity.