New UP institute eyes more PH-China exchanges

The University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) in Quezon City inaugurated recently the Confucius Institute (CI), an academic unit offering Chinese language and culture classes partially funded by the Chinese government.
Establishing the institute on campus was a “step in the right direction,” said UP president Alfredo Pascual.

UPD chancellor Michael Tan said CI-UPD, supervised by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), with the help of Xiamen University (XMU) in Fujian, China, would pave the way for “many exchanges in various fields in Arts and Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences, Engineering and, with our other UP units, in Agriculture, Fisheries and Medicine.”

CI aims to foster cooperation between the peoples of China and the Philippines, Tan said in his opening remarks during inauguration ceremonies at the university theater… Read more…


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