By Robert Anane / Elizabeth Ofosu, GNA
Accra, Sept. 30, GNA - The Confucius Institute at the University of Ghana – Legon, has marked the 12th global Confucius Institute Day in Accra.
The occasion was marked by Chinese Cultural display and activities such as martial arts and traditional health preservation arts.
Madam Sun Baohong, the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, who was guest of honour for the occasion, said the Confucius Institute in Ghana had chalked great achievements since it came into being.
“Forty students have taken the HSK, (the Chinese Academic Proficiency test) and a third of them have obtained scholarships to further their studies in China,” she said.
Madam Sun said, at present, the Confucius Institute, with its five branches in Ghana, had more than 2000 students since it began operations some two years ago.
She urged that the exchange programmes by students of China and Ghana be promoted because they helped forged strong bilateral relations.
Madam Sun encouraged the Management of the Confucius Institute and the University of Ghana to continue with their hard work in order to build upon the achievements they had already made.
Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, said the University would absolutely lend its support to the Confucius Institute because of the immense mutual gains it held for both countries.
Touching on some of the ways in which Ghanaians were benefiting from the Confucius Institute, the HSK had made it possible for a lot of Ghanaian students to pursue further studies in China up to the PHD level.
He said: “More exciting is the on-going construction of the model Confucius Institute Building at the University of Ghana because the completion of the building would afford more Ghanaians the opportunity to study the Chinese Language and culture and also benefit from the employment opportunities that went with it.”
He noted that Chinese investments in the country cut across a wide range of areas such as technology, agriculture and construction.
Similarly, he said, many Ghanaian businesses were benefiting from these Chinese companies, thus, teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture would yield mutual gains.
Dr. Mei Meilian, the Director of the Confucius Institute, University of Ghana, said the excellent performance of the Institute had qualified it to be awarded the title of “A model Confucius Institute,” which is currently held by only five other Confucius Institutes globally.
She said 17 Ghanaian students of the Institute had obtained scholarships and admissions to pursue their Doctorate Degrees in China, while a host of others were pursuing various programmes in that country.
According to Wikipedia, Confucius was a Chinese philosopher, editor, teacher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.
His philosophy, it says, emphasises personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity.