The University of Nairobi has disclosed that the Chinese Proficiency Language offered by the Confucius Institute continues to attract more talents and students.
According to the Institution, more than 500 students are enrolled in different proficiency level Chinese classes. The interest in the Chinese Language, it says, is due to increased job opportunities available to Kenyan Youth locally and abroad.
Speaking during the “Ask Ambassador” session organized by the CIUON recently, Prof. Stephen Kiama lauded the beneficial and mutual relations that the university has enjoyed with the Chinese Government.
“Our cooperation with the Chinese Embassy is extremely vibrant. We have consistently benefited from the annual Ambassador Scholarships that are awarded to needy but brilliant students at our University. We thank you very much for this generosity” said Prof. Kiama.
Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Zhou Pingjian said his government had noted an increased interest in the Chinese language by local students and citizens at large. He said Beijing will continue to support the learning of the Chinese language and research activities in local universities.
“The students are the future connection between Kenya and China I am so impressed by the University of Nairobi, you deserve it,” said Dr. Zhou. He further added that his “government is keen on strengthening co-operation in Scientific Research.”
This comes at a time the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi has been conducting online and offline training courses for UoN staff, officers from the Directorate of Immigration services, and improvement courses for outstanding students from CIUON, the State House Girls High School Confucius Classroom and Maryhill Girls’ High School during the Universities recess period.
Beginning in 2020, Kenya added Mandarin as one of the foreign languages to be taught at primary and secondary schools under the CBC curriculum.
The CIUON which was established on December 19th 2005 as the first Confucius institute in Africa has been awarded the title of “Confucius Institute of the Year” seven times. In 2014, CIUON won the award of “Pioneer Confucius Institute”, and in 2020, it was awarded the title of “Global Model Confucius Institute”. Since its establishment, CIUON has enrolled 19,488 students.
Those interested in studying any of the Chinese language proficiency certification courses offered by CIUON can enroll through https://confucius.uonbi.ac.ke/
“We have programmes for both UoN students and the public. Anyone interested can just log in to the university and join our classes,” said the institute’s Director, Prof Wang Shangxue