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NEW CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE FOR THE UWI, MONA CAMPUS

NEW CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE FOR THE UWI, MONA CAMPUS

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From Left: Devon Smith, Manager, Campus Projects Office; Professor, the Hon. Archibald McDonald, OJ, CD, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal UWI, Mona; Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, Minister of Education Youth and Information; Hon. Fayval Williams, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Public Service and His Excellency Ambassador TIAN Qi, Ambassador Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary of China to Jamaica at the Ceremonial Ground-breaking for the Confucius Institute at UWI, Mona. 

The Institute established to broaden exposure to Chinese history and culture while strengthening relations between China and Jamaica, the Confucius Institute will be relocated to facilitate expansion. The new facility is to be constructed at a cost of USD$5m. The new home to the Institute will be at the former Personnel Office at The University of the West Indies, Mona.

The ceremonial commencement of construction was be led by Professor, the Hon. Archibald McDonald, OJ, CD, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal UWI, Mona; Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, Minister of Education Youth and Information; Hon. Fayval Williams, M.P., Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Public Service and His Excellency Ambassador Tian Qi, Ambassador Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary of China to Jamaica.

Presently spanning some 1380 square feet, the existing Confucius Institute has outgrown its facilities.  The main purpose of the project is to increase the required accommodation to facilitate the Institute meeting its increasing objectives. The new facility will include: eight classrooms, three administrative offices, a library, a lecture theatre, a cultural exhibition area, and a tea room. These will be laid out over approximately 2500 square feet. The estimated construction time is 12 months.

Future Confucius Institute at UWI Mona.

Other objectives of the project include; to promote the teaching and learning of the Chinese language; to better understand and appreciate Chinese culture; to engage in strategic collaboration with other Confucius Institutes. 

The Commencement Ceremony for construction took place on the site of the former Personnel Office (next to the EduCom Corporative Credit Union) on Thursday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m.

Currently Jamaican residents and students benefit from short courses offered by the Institute, however these benefits will be expanded at the new facility. Not only will Jamaicans have access to language education, they will also be exposed to cultural sensitization, the study of Chinese economic and development plan, their social and environmental agenda, as well as techniques for doing business in China. 

 

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