On the evening of October 17 in Bahamas, the Confucius Institute at the College of the Bahamas was officially launched in a special ceremony at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, which bore witness to the longstanding friendship between Bahamas and the People’s Republic of China. More than 150 people attended the opening ceremony, including government officials, local Chinese entrepreneurs, celebrities, local overseas Chinese and student representatives of the Confucius Institute. The Institute originates from the former Confucius Classroom which was started in November, 2009 through the collaboration among the College, the Office of Chinese Language Council International (HANBAN) and Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST). It’s the only Confucius Institute in Bahamas.
Madam Xu Lin, Counselor of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China and Director-General of HANBAN wrote a letter of congratulation. She believed that the official launch of the Confucius Institute at the College of the Bahamas was an important milestone for exchanges and cooperation in education and culture between people in China and the Bahamas.
Mr. Hu Shan, Chinese Ambassador congratulated on the official launch of the Confucius Institute. He highly praised the Bahamas Government, HANBAN, the College of the Bahamas and NUIST for their contributions to the Confucius Institute. He hoped that more and more Bahamians would come to learn the Chinese language at the Confucius Institute hereafter, and more and more local people who love the Chinese language would go to China for further study or travel. He also hoped that more and more Chinese tourists and businessmen would come to the Bahamas for sightseeing or business opportunities.
Dr. Betsy Boze, President of the College of the Bahamas said the Confucius Institute was more than a centre for lively and engaged learning, but was more importantly an intersection of Chinese language and culture with contemporary world. She said that she would encourage senior college administrators to study at Confucius Institute and was looking forward to faculty exchanges and joint research with NUIST.
The opening ceremony of the Confucius Institute at the College of the Bahamas was strongly supported by Chinese and Bahamian Entrepreneurs. Throughout the ceremony, Chinese elements and Caribbean cultures mingled harmoniouly, presenting a cultural feast for the guests.
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