Demand for Chinese Language Courses Continues to Grow in Lautoka

Recipients of the Excellence Awards  at the Confucius Institute (CI) at University of the South Pacific’s Lautoka Campus.

The demand for Chinese Language courses in the Western community is increasing as apparent in the 17.6% increase in the number of students who enrolled for the Chinese Language courses at the Confucius Institute (CI) at University of the South Pacific’s Lautoka Campus in Semester 2 this year compared to the previous semester.

This was revealed at the graduation ceremony at the CI @ USP Lautoka’s seventh graduation ceremony held at the Campus on Friday 10th November 2017.

Out of the 40 students who graduated this semester, 11 were honored with excellence awards for their outstanding achievements.

The students who graduated were from the Beginner and Intermediate levels, the youngest being a 11 year old student from St. Teresa’s Catholic School in Ba.

Fipe Naisua began her Chinese Language learning journey with CI @ USP Lautoka last year (2016) with her brother Seremaia Naisua, a year 11 student, and both siblings have currently reached the Intermediate level of the social Chinese language course. Their remarkable progress and grasp of the Chinese Language was demonstrated in a song item they performed at the graduation ceremony.

The eldest student at USP Lautoka’s CI is a Malaysian woman in her sixties. The grandmother of a 7year old child has just finished Intermediate 4 level and hopes to continue with Intermediate 5 next semester.

CI@USP brought the Chinese Language courses to USP Lautoka in year 2014 with only Social courses for the general public and only one lecturer. Now there are 2 full time lecturers, Jie Huang and Yang Guishuang coordinating the programmes in Lautoka.  The Institute is also offering credit/ elective courses for USP students, in-house training for local companies and the Chinese cultural course.

In near future, USP will be offering online credit course, LL181, at its regional campuses where there is no provision for face-to-face classes.

Mr. Huang congratulated the graduates on their hard work and achievements. “We appreciate your participation and encourage you to continue your course to higher levels,” Mr. Huang told the graduates.

“We also wish more and more students can pass HSK test (Chinese Language Proficiency Test) and apply for a scholarship to experience student life in China. We take every chance to encourage students to visit China and to have a better understanding of the real China.”

The Institute plans to collaborate with more local companies and organize more in-house training courses to meet their needs in doing business with Chinese. We also wish to open Chinese classes in Nadi and after-school class in a primary school.

Meanwhile CI-USP Lautoka will be celebrating its 5th anniversary next year during its 9th graduation ceremony, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of USP.

Mr. Huang said this will be a huge, memorable event for both the staff and students and they hope to celebrate it in a grand style.

Before presenting the certificate and awards to the students, USP Lautoka Campus Director, Dr. Pramila Devi warmly congratulated the students and CI-USP Lautoka on their achievements and efforts in making the programme a success.

Dr. Devi said the demand for Chinese courses was fast growing and she thanked CI@USP for bringing the Chinese language courses to Lautoka for the Western Community.

The Graduation featured audio visuals about the achievements of the CI@USP and its students as well as interesting items performed by the graduating students and quizzes on Chinese language and culture.

USP Lautoka Campus