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Friday, May 05, 2017

'90% of Nigerian students in China from UNIZIK' - Chinese Director

The Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, Mr. Wang Bo has revealed that 90 percent of Nigerian students presently studying in China are from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra state.

Bo, who made the disclosure at the inauguration of Chinese Studies Alumni Association of Nigeria at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, disclosed that 54 students gained admission into Chinese universities last year, while another 100 who have passed different levels of Chinese language are currently working in various companies.

He appreciated the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Joseph Ahaneku, for his sustained interest in making his institution a reference point in the study of Chinese language and culture.

According to him, the inauguration of the alumni was the first of its kind in Africa, expressing optimism that it would further strengthen the bilateral relations existing between Nigeria and China.

Also speaking, Vice Consulate General of China in Nigeria, Guan Zhang Qi, described the inauguration as a clear demonstration of China-Nigeria friendship, adding that China is working hard towards establishing a new type of partnership with Nigeria that is more long-lasting and mutually beneficial.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Ahaneku said that over 100 students of the institution has graduated from eight Chinese universities since the introduction of Chinese Confucius language in 2008.

He said that the institution, being the first to establish Confucius institute, has worked hard to maintain the standard and have been established as Chinese Cultural Research Centre, the only one in Africa to receive award of excellence.

Ahaneku further noted that the programme has transcended from learning of Chinese language to culture and other areas of human endeavor namely medicine, engineering, architecture, agriculture, among others, hoping that the university will achieve its objectives in human development in the near future.

By Elekwe Elekwe

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