Professor Chen Zhijun, president of Chongqing Normal University, recently visited the University of Rwanda’s College of Education at Rukara Campus. Professor Chen noted that he hopes the visit could strengthen academic collaboration between the two universities with an emphasis on teaching and learning Chinese Language and Culture.
In his welcome note, Professor Njoroge (Principal of UR-CE) shared an overview of the University of Rwanda -College of Education and highlighted current status of teaching and learning Chinese language and culture not only at the University of Rwanda, but across the country in general under the coordination of the Confucius Institute at the University of Rwanda.
Prof Njoroge and his guests touring Rukara Campus
‘’ We have not only given chance to the University of Rwanda students, but the program has also been expanded in secondary schools. We currently have thirteen (13) teaching centers where Chinese is being offered’’, Prof. Njoroge said.
While talking about opportunities offered by Chinese Language proficiency in Rwanda, Prof. Njoroge said; ‘’we wanted to give chance to Rwandans who wish to be exposed to the Chinese language and culture. Today, ability to speak Chinese is an advantage; it is a plus for job seekers in Chinese companies. It is also an opportunity for business operators who would need to do business in Chinese companies’’.
(R-L) : Prof Njoroge , Prof. Chen Zhijun, Dr.Cha Zhi ( CNU) & Dr. Yanzigiye Beatrice (Confucius Institute) during the meeting in the Office of the Principal.
Prof. Chen commended the University of Rwanda-College of Education for the good initiatives taken for enhancing teaching and learning Chinese language and culture in Rwanda and promised continued fruitful relationships between UR and Chongqing Normal University.
Prof. Njoroge expressed gratitude to the visiting team for the visit to the University of Rwanda-College of Education and for the donation of language lab equipment which will boost teaching and learning of languages at UR-CE.
Before concluding the visit, the Chinese delegation toured Rukara Campus facilities.
Public Relations and Community Engagement Officer-UR/CE
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