The Confucius Institute teaching the Chinese Language at the University of Liberia (UL) has begun preparing competent and qualified students for scholarships and fellowships to universities in the People’s Republic of China.
Authorities of the Institute have urged the students to process their passports, because the institute could call on them at any time in November to go to Beijing to attend a two-week fellowship or two-year scholarship program.
During an exhibition of the students’ competence in the Chinese Language, the students took a written test and then conversed with their instructors in Chinese.
The 11 students, three women and eight men who went through the testing exercise on October 10, performed several Chinese cultural activities, which included singing.
The Confucius Institute is yet to disclose the names of successful candidates going to Beijin, however Grace Mensah, Peter Sumo, Boakai Wilson and Archie Luo were among the top performers who fluently conversed with their instructors without English interpretation or hitches.
It is therefore certain that, depending on the number of persons the institute will choose, any of these performers stands the chance of benefitting from the opportunities.
The Confucius Institute is the educational component of the China-Africa Relations responsible for teaching Chinese Language and Culture to Africans as a means of building trust and confidence between the two.
In December 2008, the institute was established on UL campus as the first in West Africa.
It was jointly established by Changsha University of Science and Technology and the UL with the aim to teach Chinese Language and Culture to interested Liberians.
The institute has extended its programs to officers of the Liberia National Police and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization since they are the first paramilitary personnel that interact with the public daily.
This educational component of China-Liberia relations includes full scholarship for three years of study for a Master’s degree in China, one year of study to learn the Chinese language and Culture, Chinese Ambassador Scholarship for one month cultural experience and two-week summer/winter camp trip to China.
Meanwhile, the program has led many young Liberians to the People’s Republic of China for studies in various disciplines including Medicine, Education and other areas of Science.
About two months ago, over 20 Liberians left Liberia to pursue Master’s degrees in various disciplines in China.