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Chinese Cultural Centre Awka, Fruit of China-Nigeria Relationship – Attaché

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Posted: Jun 29, 2016 at 2:51 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chukwujekwu Ilozue

Awka – Mr. Yan Xiangdong, Chinese Attache and Director of China Cultural Centre in Nigeria, has said that the several meetings between his President and President Muhammadu Buhari in the past one year have deepened the relationship between the two countries and is now bearing fruits.

Xiangdong who spoke in Awka Wednesday during the inauguration of Chinese Cultural Research Centre of Nigeria domiciled at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, said that in the past one year, the President of the Peoples Republic of China has met three times with Buhari and both countries signed four different agreements.

Giving assurances about the future of the centre, he said: “We have built good relationship and we will join hands with you for the growth of the cultural centre domiciled in your university”.

Professor Joseph Ahaneku, vice chancellor of the university, in his speech traced the beginning of the Cultural Centre to the establishment of the Confucius Institute in the University in 2007 through the instrument of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Chinese Language Council International (HANBAN) and Xiamen University on one hand and UNIZIK on the other hand.

Ahaneku extolled the intention of the centre and pleaded with the Chinese government to offer employment to graduates of the centre who also have other skills acquired from their other degree programmes.

This is because, according to him, without proper engagement they will feel disillusioned.

He also challenged China to use the products of the centre as a base to solve the challenges of communication and be given the opportunity to work in different companies owned by the Chinese.

He said: “I look forward to this centre being used as a base for prospective knowledge and knowledge transfer; a base for prospective commercial and technological advancement and a base for true diplomatic Counsellor relationship and as an extension of Chinese Embassy in Nigeria”.

Ahaneku also expressed satisfaction with the growth of the Confucius Institute from where over 100 students have gained scholarship to study in China for various degrees and through which 3000 students had accessed Chinese Language Proficiency tests (HSK).

To date he said, about 400 students have gained admission into top Chinese universities through scholarship platform of HANBAN.

Prof. Wang Bo, Director of the Chinese Cultural and Research Centre, said that the bilateral relationship between Nigeria and China, which was solidified at the national level, has opened doors for commerce and economic exchange between the two countries.

Bo added: “Henceforth, our windows are wide open to accommodate all academia and researchers who may have China and Nigeria as their case study to come in and explore the opportunities here for their research work”.

Prof. Carol Arinze-Umeobi, in her address, the director of Confucius Institute said the Institute has established three Confucius classrooms at Federal Polytechnic, Oko, UNIZIK Primary and High school and at Enugu State College of Education, Technical.

Prof. Arinze-Umeobi said the Institute now runs two categories of the programme, which included Executive Class for businessmen and women to meet their business demands in China.