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Confucius Institute signs MOU with BIMAP

For Release Upon Receipt - Monday, October 8, 2018

BIMAP CI MOU-2ed-10-8-2018.jpgAs Barbados seeks to deepen its engagement with China, The UWI Cave Hill is taking steps to ensure that even more Barbadians will have access to learning Chinese language and culture.

The Confucius Institute and the Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity (BIMAP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to govern the provision of a Chinese Language and Culture curriculum at the training institute. Senior-level administration from The UWI and BIMAP, as well as representatives from the Chinese diplomatic corps were in attendance for the official signing ceremony on September 25, 2018, held at the BIMAP’s Wildey, St Michael’s office.

The agreement is effective from September to December 2018. Under it, the Confucius Institute, in consultation with BIMAP, will provide qualified teachers of Chinese language and culture as well as relevant teaching materials to BIMAP students enrolled in the course. The Institute will also administer the Business Chinese test. The MOU’s implementation will be reviewed at the end of December with plans to develop a longer-term arrangement.

During remarks at the signing, Deputy Principal Professor Clive Landis noted that with the increasing global role played by China, it was imperative that Caribbean nationals acquired greater knowledge of Chinese language and culture. He added that BIMAP was also strategically placed to assist with this effort, given its mandate to train and build the capacity of businesspeople.

“Given BIMAP’s role in shaping a generation of business leaders, it is at the forefront of the drive to connect with China and expand cooperation with China especially in the area of business,” he said.

Landis added that the Confucius Institute was making its mark in primary and secondary schools, in order to equip a new generation of Barbadians.

“This academic year will see it continue, in coordination with the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, to undertake the teaching of two long-term pilot programmes in primary and secondary schools. Following a start with the Ellerslie Secondary School and the St Stephen’s Primary School, the Confucius Institute’s schools’ programme has expanded to the Springer Memorial and the Charles. F. Broome School . . . An after-school programme is [also] expected to commence at the Combermere school.”

The Deputy Principal encouraged BIMAP students to consider taking their education further in Chinese language and culture at The UWI Cave Hill by pursuing the minor in Chinese offered in the Faculty of Humanities and Education, or the Software Engineering Mobile Technologies Degree programme, which is a joint undertaking between the Cave Hill Campus and the China Global Institute of Software Technology (GIST) in Suzhou, China under the UWI - China Institute of Information Technology (UWICIIT) initiative. Students in this programme receive the opportunity to spend two years in Suzhou, learning the latest in technology and innovation.


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