China Opens Research Centre At Unizik
During the commissioning of the research centre
last week, the Cultural Attache of the Chinese Embassy in Abuja, Mr.
Xiang Dong hailed the university management, saying the centre will
strengthen the Nigeria-China relationship.He
said the Confucius Institute established at the university after
signing the MoU has improved understanding of Chinese language among
young people.Dong also added that China’s investment in Nigeria would continue to grow, adding that this will aid the development of Nigeria.Vice
Chancellor of UNIZIK, Prof Joseph Ahaneku said the MoU was signed to
promote research on China and scholarly exchanges between Nigeria and
China. He added that these will include the teaching of Chinese language
and culture in the university and conducting Chinese Language
Proficiency Tests.Ahaneku said many students
of the school are presently studying different disciplines in various
Chinese universities through scholarships by Chinese government. He
added that there had been staff exchange between the university and
According to Ahaneku, arrangements are in top
gear to deploy staff to teach Igbo language and culture in Xiamen
University to reciprocate the gesture. He said UNIZIK was honoured to be
first school to host Chinese Cultural Research Centre in Nigeria.
The Director of the Centre, Prof Caroline Umeobi, assured the Chinese government that the personnel working in the institute would live up to expectation.
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