On 1st December 2017, on the UoM campus, students of CI-UoM, representatives of Chinese Chamber of Commerce, delegates from ZSTU and representatives of Chinese Cultural Center, gather together to celebrate the first anniversary of Confucius Institute at UoM.

On this important occasion, a seminar on under the theme of “The Fashion Industry: A Perspective” was held in the Lecture hall. Two Professors from ZSTU delivered the talks. Dr Zhang Kangfu, Professor of Fashion and Accessory Design Department, ZSTU, talked about “The Technology of Traditional Chinese Silk Tapestry-Kesi.” The second invited speaker, Dr Cai Jian Mei, Associate Professor of Fashion Design and Merchandising Department, ZSTU, gave us a perspective of the Chinese Fashion industry and the talk was entitled: “From Ideality to Reality-How to Thrive in The Fashion Industry.”

The first Confucius Institute of Mauritius was established on the 14th December 2016 at the University of Mauritius. Since then, with the help of people from all walks of life, Confucius Institute develops steadily. On 22nd April 2017, we started the Mandarin course for the university students. From then on, six courses of different levels have started for the university staff, university students and Mauritian Chinese. As we know, CI-UoM serves as a platform for the cultural and academic exchange between Mauritius and China. Up to now, we have held 5 seminars, taken two delegations to China and welcomed three delegations from China. Three staff from University of Mauritius attended a Silk Product workshop at ZSTU, Hangzhou and they thoroughly recognized that the knowledge and experience acquired would be very useful to the students following Fashion Technology programme at the University of Mauritius. On the 15th December 2017, six UoM students will go to ZSTU to attend a workshop on Fashion Design held by FIT at ZSTU.

Following the talks, musical performance was conducted. Mauritian Director of CI-UoM, Naraindra Kistamah, hosted the event. The students of CI-UoM sang Chinese songs, recite Chinese poems based on what they learned in the mandarin courses. Cheers and laughter arose from the audience every now and then.

The event ended with the award of certificates to the students of CI who have completed level 1 of the course.