The Principal of UR-CAVM Dr. Laetitia Nyinawamwiza welcomed and held discussions with the Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute in Rwanda Prof. Mark Zhang. The Principal further introduced Prof. Mark to CAVM and its different schools located in Nyagatare, Huye Campuses and Busogo Campus as the main and Head Office.
Held discussions focused on the launch of teaching the Chinese Language and Culture at University of Rwanda-CAVM where more than three hundred students and forty staff have so registered to learn the Chinese Language and Culture.
Discussion between Dr Nyinawamwiza and Prof Mark Zhang
Both parties agreed that since China ranks among the most successful countries in agriculture and animal husbandly, in addition to teaching Chinese Language and Culture; the Confucius Institute can advocate for other projects which can include scholarships to students and lecturers in their respective fields, exchange of information and expertise in Agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture and food processing. There should also be professional and academic trips to China; and exchange of lecturers among others.
Given its location and available facilities, Prof Zhang promised to have CAVM as the second head quarter of the Confucius Institute in Rwanda. Further promises included the offer of a new table tennis, and rehabilitation of the existing one. Possibilities to organize and sponsor UR inter-college games in 2018 that shall bring students and staff representative teams from across UR and be hosted by UR-CAVM Busogo Campus because sport can also be used to connect students and staff.
Also present were Mr. Salom (1st-left)Executive Assistant to Principal, Mr. Hubert (1st-right), Director of Careers and Employability Services, & Miss Chen Xin (2nd right) a Chinese Teacher
This marked a joyful day for the University of Rwanda-CAVM Community to co-operate with the Confucius Institute through its Directorate of Careers and Employability Services. It is in the framework of UR’s efforts to provide its graduates with high quality careers and employability service which embeds curriculum and graduate attributes to produce a fit for work graduates to contribute to the economic growth of Rwanda.
Learning Chinese and culture makes an added value to students and staff communication and collaboration skills; and improve on their social and cross-cultural practices.
Story by Hubert Bizimana
Director of Careers and Employability Services
Published by UR Communication Department