CI News - 2018
On 16th August 2018, a Mandarin course opens for National Housing Development Co. Ltd. (NHDC) in the conference room of NHDC. Mr Naraindra Kistamah, Mauritian Director of Confucius Institute at University of Mauritius and Mr Tan Xudong, Chinese Director of CI-UoM attended the opening ceremony in the company of the CEO and staff of NHDC and the Chinese teacher of CI-UoM.
NHDC is a state company and its main mission is to construct houses for low-income families. The company works collaboratively with Chinese construction firms which employ Chinese engineers and workers on various sites. The two parties often face some difficulties in communicating instructions on and off the work site owing to language barrier. Misunderstanding may happen as a result of the inefficient communication between Mauritian engineers/technical staff and Chinese engineers/workers. At the request of NHDC and based on the specific demand, Confucius Institute at UoM has customized a Mandarin course for the staff of NHDC.
The Mandarin course is designed to last for 15 weeks at the rate of three hours per week. The course covers four aspects of the communication, notably (i) common terms used in contracts, (ii) general words/terms used on the work site; (iii) technical terms for construction and; (iv) common words used in daily life. All the participants are from the front line of the company, and they hope they can, at least, communicate a bit with Chinese engineers at the end of the short course. There is a possibility of extending the short course, if necessary.
Plate 2. Group photo of the launch of the Mandarin course at NHDC; left to right: Mr Zhao Liang (Leo), Chinese Teacher; Mr Naraindra Kistamah, CI-UoM Director; Civil Engineer and two Quantity Surveyors of NHDC; Mr J. F. Gilles L’Entete, CEO of NHDC; Ms Aumelina Bissessur, HR Officer of NHDC and; Mr Tan Xudong, CI-UoM Director.
On 19th of June, H.E. Che Jun, Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Zhejiang Provincial Committee, launched the 2018 Summer Camp by awarding the flag of Summer Camp to the two Directors of Confucius Institute at UoM. On the same day, the delegation of 20 CI students (comprising of staff and students of UoM), headed by Associate Professor Tan Xudong, Chinese Director of CI-UoM, flew to Hangzhou, China. All the members of the delegation were accommodated at a hotel in Hangzhou within walking distance from ZSTU campus. In the morning, all the members were dressed in a printed T-shirt prepared by Zhejiang Sci-tech University and were warmly welcomed by the Vice President of ZSTU, Mr Gao, at the main entrance of the university.
On the first day, they visited the Silk Museum of the University. They got to know more about how silk is produced and the techniques of silk manufacturing. They put on the magnificent traditional silk clothes and just could not believe that such resplendent textile materials, at source, are made by silkworms.
The main purpose of the summer camp is to further the Mandarin learning process and experience, at first hand, local culture. After several teaching lessons, the members of the delegation were very pleased with their progress. Within two weeks they were overjoyed on being able to bargain with vendors when they went shopping. The courses in Chinese song, Chinese painting, Chinese paper cutting and Taiji boxing made their time more colourful. The beautiful campus, hospitable volunteers and respectable teachers have left a deep impression on them.
Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, is described as a Heaven in China by man of letters, and Mauritius is depicted as a Paradise by Mark Twain, American great novelist. All the members of the delegation were fascinated by the two different styles of ‘paradise on earth’. The amazing sceneries around the West Lake and the legends connected to the sceneries enhanced their appreciation and marvel for Hangzhou. They really couldn’t tear themselves away from the city now.
In China, how could they miss the chance to enjoy the local opera? Arranged by the local government of Dongyang County, the delegation traveled to a village where the members were warmly welcomed by all the villagers. Their level of mandarin may not have been enough for them to fully appreciate the opera, but they were certainly fascinated by the splendid facial make-up and the performance of the actors and actresses. In traditional operas, the different facial make-ups represent different characters in the opera. After the performance, the delegates were invited to put on the facial make-ups and perform on stage with the actors/actresses.
This is an unforgettable experience, and will leave an everlasting memory in their mind.
Plate 1. Group photo of CI Summer Camp students with H.E. Che Jun; H.E. Sun Gongyi; Chairman of Council of ZSTU; Higher Management of UoM; and CI Directors.
Plate 2. Group photo of welcome by ZSTU in the company of Professor Zhengrong GAO, Vice-President of ZSTU (centre); and Professor Jianping LI, Dean of ZSTU School of International Education (centre-right).
Plate 3. Paper cutting class for CI-UoM delegates of the Summer camp.
Plate 4. Visit of the Silk Museum at ZSTU.
Plate 5. Qipao show at the West Lake, Hangzhou.
Plate 6. Practising Taiji Boxing at ZSTU.
Plate 7. Mr Tan Xudong, CI Director, giving lecture on Confucianism.
Plate 8. Group photo of CI-UoM delegates attending Chinese Opera, outdoor, Hangzhou.
Plate 9. CI-UoM delegates taking part in Chinese Opera.
Plate 10. A Chinese painter drew and offered a painting for CI-UoM student.
Plate 11. CI-UoM delegates in the company of two Chinese boys dressed in Han Dynasty Clothes, in the street of Hangzhou.
Plate 12. All the delegates of CI-UoM at the closing ceremony of the Summer camp at ZSTU, with their certificate of participation, in the company of Professor Jianping LI, Dean of ZSTU School of International Education (centre); and Mr Xiang FU, Director of ZSTU International Exchange & Cooperation Office (centre-left).
On 19th June 2018, His Excellency Che Jun, Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Zhejiang Provincial Committee, and his delegation were warmly welcomed by the Chancellor of the University of Mauritius. On the occasion, CI-UoM held a photo exhibition about Zhejiang province.
Since the opening of the Confucius Institute at University of Mauritius, the two parties have carried out a wealth of cultural exchanges and activities. The University of Mauritius has a strong partnership with the Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, China following the establishment of the Confucius Institute at the UoM. The visit further deepens the ties between the two institutions and provide an opportunity to enhance the quality of education and activities at the Confucius Institute, UoM.
As a follow up of the consensus reached between H.E. Mr. Che Jun and the Confucius Institute at the University of Mauritius, the Department of Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs of Zhejiang Provincial People’s Government offered to assist the Confucius Institute in setting up a multimedia classroom to support teaching and learning of Mandarin language in Mauritius and promote educational cooperation between Mauritius and China. In addition, four students of CI-UoM were offered Master Scholarships to study at ZSTU for the academic year 2018-2020.
On the occasion, the Chairman of ZSTU and the Vice-Chancellor of UoM signed a research collaboration agreement in the area of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, in the presence of H.E. Che Jun. His Excellency awarded the flag of summer camp to CI Directors. The Chinese CI Director led a delegation of 20 CI-UoM students to Hangzhou, China, from 19 June to 02 July 2018.
As a Chinese saying goes, “if you think in terms of a decade, plant trees; if in terms of a century, educate people”. CI-UoM promise to give continuous support to cultural exchanges between Mauritius and Zhejiang Province, and cultivate more talents for the strengthening of friendly ties between Mauritius and China.
Plate 1. The Chancellor of the University of Mauritius, Dr Louis Jean Claude Autrey, and Mauritian CI Director, Associate Professor Naraindra Kistamah, welcoming His Excellency, Che Jun, Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Zhejiang Provincial Committee, at the UoM Auditorium.
Plate 3. CI-UoM students with their admission letter and scholarship award to study for Master’s Degree (Corporate Management, and Economics and International Trade) at ZSTU, 2018-2020; left to right: Jatoo Bholaswanathsingh, Madhoo Marie Shannon, Korumtalee Mohamad Shariad and Joseph Marie Joelle.
Plate 8. Group Photo, from left to right: CI-UoM Director, Associate Professor Naraindra Kistamah; Vice Chancellor of UoM, Professor Dhanjay Jhurry; His Excellency Sun Gongyi, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Mauritius; The Chancellor of the University of Mauritius, Dr Louis Jean Claude Autrey; His Excellency Che Jun, Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Zhejiang Provincial Committee; Chairman of the Council of UoM, Mr Preeaduth Chitamun; Chairman of the Council of ZSTU, Mr Wu Fengmin; and CI-UoM Director, Associate Professor Tan Xudong.
The Academy for Integrated and Sustainable Development (AISD) is located at Quartier Militaire Road, Wooton. The Project Coordinator is Mr Pradeep Jagutpal of AISD. The mission of the Academy is to promote peace, harmony and cooperation in society by catering for the physical, mental, social and spiritual development of all individuals indistinctively.
AISD has solicited the support of Confucius Institute at University of Mauritius (CI-UoM) for the teaching of Chinese language and Culture to about 30 children aged 5 to 15 years old as part of their ‘Kite Project’ (please follow the link for more information). The kite project wants ‘to give or give back to each child the pleasure of learning; i.e., to acquire knowledge and know-how, without necessarily going through boredom, suffering, the obligation perceived as such.’ The project also aimed at encouraging effort, perseverance and discipline while learning.
CI-UoM is very pleased to be part of the project and to extend its services to the community. Two volunteer Chinese teachers, once a week, entertain the disadvantaged children who, largely, have suffered from family disruption. The teachers are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the children through the teaching of a new language and pedagogical activities such as paper cutting, singing and calligraphy. CI-UoM provide teaching aids and materials to all the children of the ‘kite’ project. We hope to contribute, as far as possible, to resolving some of the harmful effects and negative impact of early childhood adversity by bringing joy and pleasure in their lives.
The project started on 02 June 2018 and lasts for 15 consecutive weeks. The early results are quite encouraging and it is very likely that the duration of the project may be extended.
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Plate 1. Group photo with CI-UoM and AISD representatives at the Academy of Integrated and Sustainable Development, Wooton
Plate 2. The Mauritian Director of CI-UoM addressing the children at AISD in the company of the volunteer Chinese Teachers.
Plate 3. One of the volunteer Chinese teachers interacting with the children during one of the educational sessions.
Plate 4. Children learning through play at AISD with the joyful assistance of the volunteer Chinese teacher and staff at AISD
The Director of Volunteer Affairs, Mrs Guo Jiaoyang, of Confucius Institute Headquarters, Hanban, visited CI-UoM on 23th May 2018. She was accompanied by the Senior Program Officer of the Division of Policy Studies, Mrs Wen Qiong; Officer from the Division of Volunteer Chinese Teacher Affairs, Ms Wen Jing; and Senior Officer from the Division of Finance. Mrs Guo Jiaoyang is in charge of the volunteer Chinese teachers in schools and Confucius Institutes/Classrooms around the world.
The visit to CI-UoM was part of an official visit of the Director of Volunteer affairs to Primary School Division of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research. A meeting was held between the Chinese delegates from Hanban and the Directorates, Inspectorates and other administrative officers in charge of the management of Primary Schools in Mauritius. Mandarin language (Modern Chinese) is one of the Asian languages on offer to students of primary schools in Mauritius. There are currently 26 volunteer Chinese teachers, sponsored by the Division of Volunteer Chinese Teacher Affairs, Hanban, serving about 25 primary schools of Mauritius. The young teachers participate in a program of cooperation that exists for nearly 10 years between the local primary education authorities and China. Various issues and challenges pertaining to the running of the program were discussed and both parties are determined to overcome the problems highlighted during the discussion with commitments.
Mrs Guo Jiaoyang visited a primary school in Rose-Hill and was impressed with the work carried out by the volunteer teachers and students’ progress. She also met all the volunteers’ teachers at the Chinese Cultural Centre, Bell-Village. She expressed her great appreciation for the work being carried out by the teachers and encouraged them to maintain the energy and passion which the work demands for the advancement of the Chinese language and culture in Mauritius.
Plate 1. Meeting with Vice Chancellor of the University of Mauritius (UoM); from left to right: Ms Wen Jing, Officer from the Division of Volunteer Chinese Teacher Affairs; Associate Professor Naraindra Kistamah, Mauritian Director of CI-UoM; Mrs Guo Jiaoyang, Director of Volunteer Affairs, Hanban; Professor Dhanjay Jhurry, Vice-Chancellor of UoM; Associate Professor Tan Xudong, Chinese Director of CI-UoM; Mrs Wen Qiong, Senior Program Officer of the Division of Policy Studies; and Senior Officer from the Division of Finance.
Plate 2. Exchange of gifts at the Confucius Institute at UoM; Associate Professor Tan Xudong, Chinese Director of CI-UoM; Mrs Guo Jiaoyang, Director of Volunteer Affairs, Hanban; and Associate Professor Naraindra Kistamah, Mauritian Director of CI-UoM.
Plate 3. The delegates from the Division of Volunteer affairs, Hanban, with the full-time and volunteer Chinese teachers at CI-UoM.
Plate 4. Mrs Guo Jiaoyang, Director of Volunteer Affairs, Hanban, addressing the volunteer Chinese teachers in the company of the other Chinese teachers and Directors of CI-UoM.
The 2018 Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Africa was held in Maputo, Mozambique on the 13-15th May 2018. The theme of the conference was “Innovation and Featured Development of Confucius Institutes; Improving Educational Quality of Confucius Institutes; and Strengthening Cooperation & Experience Sharing of Confucius Institutes”. The event was hosted by the Confucius Institute at Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique and supported by the Chinese Embassy in Mozambique. The aim of the event was to exchange experiences to enhance cooperation and promote the development of Confucius Institutes of Africa. The delegates were from 63 Confucius Institutes and classrooms from 40 African countries. The delegates were also from Chinese Partner Universities (26), representatives from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Mozambique, representatives from China-funded organisations (13) and representatives from Confucius Institute Headquarters, Hanban.
The keynote speakers emphasized the role of Universities and Confucius Institutes in building ‘a community of shared future for mankind’, and how both institutions, collaboratively, may assist the community to develop solutions to societal problems through educational and cultural cooperation between China and Africa.
Under the theme “Strengthening Cooperation & Experience Sharing of Confucius Institutes”, CI speakers expressed their strong desire to support Chinese enterprises operating in the African countries to employ local human resources, through appropriate and adapted language training programmes for business/trade development between Africa and China.
Other speakers again mentioned that a new chapter of cooperation between China and Africa lies in the ability of Confucius Institutes to bring peoples together through the promotion of language and culture and people-to-people exchanges. Confucius Institutes are sound platforms for a win-win cooperation between Africa and China.
His Excellency, Li Zhanshu, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National Peoples’ Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), addressing the distinguished guests and delegates at the Opening Ceremony of the Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Africa, Maputo, Mozambique, May 2018.
Group photo of the representatives from Zhejiang Sci-Tech University (ZSTU) and Confucius Institute at University of Mauritius (CI-UoM); from left to right: Deputy Director of President’s Office of ZSTU; Professor Xiaofen JI, Chair of Executive committee and Deputy Dean of ZSTU School of International Education; Associate Professor Xudong TAN, Chinese Director of CI-UoM; Associate Professor Naraindra KISTAMAH, Mauritian Director of CI-UoM; Professor Zhengrong GAO, Vice-President of ZSTU; Director of Finance Department, ZSTU; and Mr Chu GU, Deputy Director of ZSTU International Exchange & Cooperation Office, at the Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Africa, Maputo, Mozambique, May 2018.
On 11th of April 2018, a delegation from Charhar Institute visited Confucius Institute at University of Mauritius for the second time. Charhar Institute is a non-governmental think tank on diplomacy and international relations. The Senior Diplomat and Secretary-General of Charhar Institute, Mr Zhang Guobin, headed the delegation. The second visit from Charhar Institute is supported by the Prime Minister’s Office of Mauritius, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the Republic of Mauritius, and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Indian Ocean Islands Foundation, Mauritius. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the independence of Mauritius, the country hosted the “1st CHINA -AFRICA PEACE & DEVELOPMENT FORUM” and the key speakers were from Charhar Institute. (A copy of the conference programme is available under ‘Services’ tab and “Library” sub-tab.)
The delegation from Charhar Institute also visited the Confucius Institute at University of Mauritius. The two Directors of CI-UoM held a welcoming meeting and Associate Professor Naraindra Kistamah, Mauritian Director of CI-UoM, hosted the meeting. He expressed a warm welcome and hearty thanks to Charhar Institute for the generous donation of books. He said that these books will greatly aid the learning of Mandarin language and further the dissemination of the Chinese culture around the island. The donation would strengthen the library’s collection of books and in the long-term, the library at CI-UoM may serve well as a research center for aspirants to know more about China and its culture. The Director also thanked the Secretary-General for the offer of two scholarships to students of CI-UoM.
The Chinese Director of Confucius Institute, Associate Professor Tan Xudong, presented the letter of thanks on behalf of University of Mauritius and the Vice-Chancellor of UoM. He thanked all the people present and, otherwise, for the assistance provided to CI-UoM for its smooth operation.
On the 12th of April, Associate Professor Tan Xudong attended the 1st China -Africa Peace & Development Forumon “Public Diplomacy and China – Mauritius (Africa) Relation”. He delivered a speech at the conference about the role of Confucius Institute as a platform or a window for the promotion of cultural and academic exchanges between the two countries.
On 5th Feb 2018, the MQA approved training course entitled: “Mandarin Language & Chinese Culture” was launched at and hosted by LUX* Belle Mare. The training course is designed for staff of LUX* Resorts & Hotels Group and involved 20 participants.
The Mauritian Director of Confucius Institute at University of Mauritius, Mr Naraindra Kistamah, expressed his pleasure at the collaboration which brings together two partners, one from the business sector and another from academia. He thanked all those who have made this launch possible, in particular Mr Yang Daniel, Project Manager and his colleague, Mr Alex; Mrs Smita Modak, Group Training Manager, Mrs Annalie Ducasse of LUX* Training Academy and Mr Ashish Modak, General Manager of LUX* Belle-Mare, Mr Tan Xudong, Chinese Director of CI-UoM and the office of Pro-VC (Planning & Resources) of the University of Mauritius.
China is one of the world’s fastest growing economies and as the world goes more global, Chinese literacy becomes important for sound business and economic environment. CI-UoM wish to extend its support to the business sector, and work with professionals from the tourism sector for mutual growth. It is understood that LUX* Resorts & Hotels Group is expanding its business operation internationally and China is one of the places where LUX* Cafe and LUX* hotel are now present.
The Pro-VC of Planning & Resources at the University of Mauritius, Mr Mohammad Issack Santally, thanked CI-UoM and LUX* Hospitality Ltd for the great initiative and looks forward to more collaborations with industry. He also expressed the desire of the UoM to support collaborations with the tourism sector, a strong pillar of the economy, for mutual benefit and growth.
Mr Ashish Modak, Managing Director at LUX* Belle-Mare, spoke of the growing number of Chinese travelers worldwide and how the training programme would help support LUX* Hospitality Ltd in its perpetual drive to be more receptive and responsive to the demands and expectations of its clients, and in this case travelers from China and its territories.