Ambassador of the People's Republic of China, Hu Shan, chats with the Hon. Alfred Sears during the Official Launch of the College of The Bahamas' Confucius Institute October 17 at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna).
NASSAU, The Bahamas –
The College of The Bahamas (COB) in collaboration with the office of
Chinese Language Council Interna
tional (Hanban) and the Nanjing University of Information,
Science and Technology on October 17, held a ceremony at Sheraton Nassau
Beach Resort to launch the Confucius Institute at COB.
The Confucius Institute is a non-profit public institution
named after the ancient philosopher and scholar Confucius, which aims
to promote Chinese language and culture in foreign countries since 2004.
Over recent years, the Confucius Institutes’ development has been
sharp and they have provided scope for people all over the world to
learn about Chinese language and culture.
COB began to introduce Chinese to Bahamians since
2007. In 2009, Hanban/Confucius Institute headquarters approved the
application for COB to establish a Confucius classroom, the agreement
was signed in November of that year.
Dr. Betsy Vogel-Boze, COB president, said the Confucius
Institute is a non-profit centre for lively and engaged learning.
Dr. Betsy Vogel-Boze, president of the College of The Bahamas gives welcome remarks during the Official Launch of the Confucius Institute October 17 at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resorts. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna).
"But it is much more. It is about the language
and cultural heritage of the People’s Republic of China," Dr.
She said it's a portal to prepare Bahamian learners
as global citizens and that since the opening three years ago of the
antecedent of the Confucius Institute, over 100 students have completed
Chinese language courses and that 16 students have taken advantage of
Confucius Institute scholarships to study in China.
The Ambassador of the People's Republic of China,
Hu Shan, said that since the set up at the college in 2009, the Confucius
Classroom has made positive contributions to the better understanding
of the Chinese language and culture by Bahamians, the further development
of China-Bahamas friendship and the growth of the plural cultures in
“I believe that the upgrading of the Confucius
Classroom will not only greatly promote the exchanges and cooperation
in areas such as education, culture, science, art, and economy between
China and The Bahamas, but also deepen the mutual understanding and
friendship between the two peoples,” he said.