By Samuel Ben Turay
The maiden Chinese culture competition was held last Thursday at Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone.
Speaking during the ceremony, Director of Confucius Institute at the FBC, Professor Liu Hande, said the competition was to test the skills and level of fluency of students studying Chinese language skills at the Institute.
Prof. Hande said more students have enrolled at the Institution, which has received tremendous support from the FBC administration and Beijing.
“This Institute has attracted more than 200 students from both FBC and IPAM, who have been benefiting from modules like Basic Chinese, Chinese Culture and Civilization, Chinese Martial Arts and other extra-curriculum activities,” said Prof. Hande.
“Sierra Leonean students have made amazing progress and some have even met the requirements for the scholarships to be undertaken in China from next semester,” he said, adding that seven such students will pursue their Masters degree, while eight have secured one year scholarship in some of the best universities in Beijing, Shanghai and the cities in China.
According to the Professor Hande, twenty students who are offering Chinese language modules will be selected for a two weeks summer camp program in China in late September this year. “This competition is a platform for them to showcase their achievements and will be held annually as a permanent event on the campus,” he said.
In his statement, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal of Fourah Bay College, Professor Sahr Thomas Gbamanja thanked both the Institute and Sierra Leonean students for their performance. He promised the University’s support to the Institute at all times.
Prizes were awarded to best performers after the exercise.