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20 December 2015

[The Star] Chinese language and culture at local varsity

 

One for the album: A group photo taken after the unveiling of the plaque.

One for the album: A group photo taken after the unveiling of the plaque.

 

SEGi University has successfully established the first Confucius Institute in a Malaysian private university.

SEGi University and Colleges group chief executive officer Hew Moi Lan said she hoped that SEGi University, the Confucius Institute (Hanban) and the Hainan Normal University will work together to make the Confucius Institute a platform of communication and provide better opportunities for the joint development of both countries’ economy and culture.

In a congratulatory message from Hanban director-general and Confucius Institute headquarters chief executive Xu Lin read out by Hainan Normal University publicity department diector Huang Peiyi, she said that through the joint effort of both countries, the Confucius Institute can become an important platform for Malaysians to learn the Chinese language and also the Chinese culture, while also contributing towards sustaining the friendship between China and Malaysia.

The Confucius Institute is a non-profit organisation that seeks to promote and teach Chinese culture and language around the world.

They develop Chinese language courses, train teachers, hold the HSK examination (Chinese proficiency test) and provide information about contemporary China.

Confucius Institute first started in 2004 to cater to the rising interest of Chinese language and operates together with established universities, colleges and secondary schools around the world.

As a result, the Confucius Institute can be found in established universities such as University of Melbourne in Australia, University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom and Stanford University in the United States.

Each Confucius Institute chapter partners with a local Chinese university.

For this purpose SEGi University has partnered with Hainan Normal University.

The Confucius Institute at SEGi University will soon be offering the HSK examinations, Mandarin lessons plus seminars on Chinese culture and about China to members of the public.

The inauguration of the institute was held last month and witnessed by Huang and Hew.

Also present at the launch were SEGi University vice-chancellor Emeritus Professor Dr Muhamad Awang, SEGi University deputy vice-chancellor (student affairs)

Prof Datuk Dr Jamaludin Mohaiadin, SEGi University deputy vice-chancellor (academic) Prof Dr Patrick Kee, Hainan Normal University Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office director Geng Juan, Universiti Malaya Kong Zi Institute Chinese director Chen Zhong, Confucius Institute Chinese director Chen Ming Hui and SEGi University Confucius Institute director Dr See Hoon Peow.

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