On 7 February 2016, the teaching staff of the Confucius Institute at UCT (CIUCT) gathered together with the local director, Prof Evance Kalula and his family, to celebrate the 2016 Spring Festival and welcome in the New Year for the Year of the Monkey. The Chinese Director, Prof ShengYong Qin, said that, even though we were overseas and far away from home, we would still pass the Spring Festival with a special get-together.
The Confucius Institute at IAPO will demonstrate Ba Duan Jin (Taiji) on every Friday afternoon at 16:00 from 5th February. Anyone who is interested is more than welcome to join in us.
We are looking forward to seeing you all!
Please view the article which presented by Chinese President Xin Jinping on 1st Dec, named “A rainbow of friendship”
November 10, 2015 saw the opening of a week-long Photo Exhibition of Chinese Teaching in the lobby of the Leslie Social Sciences Building at University of Cape Town. Organised by the Confucius Institute at UCT, the event aims to showcase the achievements of the five Confucius Institutes in South Africa over the past ten years, to promote traditional Chinese culture, and to strengthen cultural exchanges between South Africa and China.
At the invitation of the Confucius Institute at the University of Cape Town (CIUCT), Ms Hong Ying visited Cape Town for the Open Book Festival on 13 September 2015. Hong Ying, famous not only in China but around the world as a novelist and poet, began her career as a poet during early 1980s in China. She is best known in the English-speaking world for her novels Summer of Betrayal, Daughter of the River, and K: the Art of Love. During her visit to Cape Town, Hong Ying was also invited to give a talk on My Voyage to Hometown by Prof Shengyong Qin, the Chinese director of CIUCT, at UCT’s School of Languages and Literature (SLL). Prof Yue Ma (the Head of the section for Chinese), students from the SLL as well as the teachers from the Confucius Institute attended the lecture.
The Confucius Institute at UCT is actively working on schools outreach in Cape Town. Chinese language courses have been successfully offered in some primary schools and high schools. Currently, Mandarin is offered as an extra course in Hillcrest Primary School, located in Rosebank in the southern surburbs.
On August 26, a farewell reception for the Consul General Mr Liang Shugen and his wife was held by the Consulate General at the Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town.
On the morning of 27 August 2015, the foreign director, Prof Kalula, and the Chinese director, Prof Shengyong Qin, from of the UCT Confucius Institute went to visit the Thandokulu High School situated at 21 Main Rd, Mowbray. At a pleasant meeting with the school Principal, Mr Jimmie Villiers, they discussed the possibility of launching Mandarin courses for the students at the school.
On the morning of August 6 2015, the foreign director Prof Evance Kalula, the Chinese director Prof Shengyong Qin and a Chinese lecturer Shikan Qin (from the Confucius Institute at University of Cape Town) went to the beautiful Golden Grove Primary School (a public school in Cape Town) to discuss the possibility of implementing a Chinese language pilot course at the school with the principal, Dr Tony Austen.
On August 3, the delegation of Shanghai Jiao Tong University visited the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) and the Confucius Institute at the University of Cape Town. Professor Evance Kalula (director of IAPO and foreign director of the UCT Confucius Institute) and Chinese director professor Shengyong Qin played host to them warmly .
Confucius Institute Attends the “Open Day” of the University of Cape Town with Cultural Promotion Activities
In order to support the development of Confucius Institutes, facilitate Chinese language promotion and Chinese cultural transmission in the world and to cultivate qualified Chinese language teachers and talented students of Chinese language, the Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban launches the “Confucius Institute Scholarship” programme. This Programme will provide financial aid for students, scholars and Chinese language teachers worldwide to pursue a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) in Chinese universities, or to study in such majors as Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History and Chinese Philosophy.
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