China–Ghana in Harmony :First Anniversary of Confucius Institute University of Cape Coast (CIUCC).
On 2nd June, 2017, CIUCC celebrated its maiden anniversary at the University of Cape Coast’s Main Auditorium. The programme was attended by the rank and file of the University community. In attendance were some dignitaries which included the Central Regional Minister, the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, the Deputy Regional Commander of Police , a delegation from the Immigration , Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast and the Provost of the College of Humanities and Legal Studies.
The event commenced with the singing of both the Chinese and Ghanaian National Anthems at 9:30am prompt .
Professor Hu Liangcai the Chinese director of CIUCC made a PPT presentation on CIUCC’s one year achievements. As a bridge between China and Ghana, CIUCC has been active and Successful in Chinese teaching, offering variety of Chinese courses including Chinese liberal Course, Outreach course, Chinese tourism classes, Chinese technical and arts courses to over 1,000 registered students. Besides this, CIUCC’s effort in promoting Chinese cultural experience through various means including organizing Spring Festival activity, Chinese food experience, Chinese traditional Clothing show and some other series of Chinese cultural activities with as many as 2000 participants has been an initial achievement. The establishment of the new Chinese Language Teaching Centers has improved the popularity of the Confucius Institute in local communities of Cape Coast. Now, the Chinese learners in our Confucius Institute cut across different social levels such as government officials, teachers, businessmen, and students from primary, secondary school and university. Undoubtedly , Confucius Institute has been the important platform for the local people to learn Chinese and understand Chinese culture. The presentation showcased the establishment of CI centers in both the University Primary and University Senior High Schools. The presentation also touched on the Confucius Institutes Conference in Zambia which was attended by both Prof. Hu and Prof. Opoku Agyemang.
The Central Regional Minister after the presentation gave a speech. He stressed on the cordial relationship Ghana has enjoyed with China .He also mentioned the importance of Confucius’ teachings and also Ghanaians assimilating some of Confucius’ teachings in our everyday lives. He also wished Confucius Institute Cape Coast well on the joyous occasion.
(Mr. Kwamena Duncan, Central Regional Minister）
Prof Opoku Agyemang also read a speech on the importance of the Confucius Institutes worldwide.He spoke about how important Chinese language has become in all of Africa and also how some countries have inculcated Chinese language in the mainstream educational curriculum.
On behalf of the Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Coast the Pro Vice Chancellor read a speech. He also pressed on the importance of learning Chinese language. He also advised the Confucius Institute Cape Coast to extend its teaching to the security institutions and judicial arms of government . He mentioned that it will be very beneficial if Confucius Institute Centers are established in these institutions.
Finally, the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana had the floor. Her speech mirrored all the other speeches given by the other speakers. She said the Confucius Institutes are popular all over the world because the centers act as an educational tool and environment that is used in the spreading of Chinese language and culture. She also stated that the institute was continuing the widespread teaching of Confucius’ ideology and was now funded by the Chinese government. She also wished the Confucius Institute Cape Coast well and hoped that it grows from strength to strength.
(Her Excellency Ms. BaoHong Sun Chinese Ambassador to Ghana)
After some wonderful Chinese cultural performances, Prof. Dora AduBoahene the Provost of the College of Humanities and Legal studies gave the closing remarks of the ceremony. She said not only students should be taught the Chinese language but the University staff also need to be taught. She thanked all the invited dignitaries for coming and lauded the efforts of Confucius Institute Cape Coast on its maiden anniversary.
(Prof. Dora AduBoahene. Provost College of Humanities and Legal Studies)
(A musical performance by students of Confucius Institute Cape Coast.《我和我的祖国》）
(Kung-Fu being performed by students of University Primary School）
( Fashion show by staff of CIUCC: A display of both Ghanaian and Chinese clothing）
(Invited Guests seated at anniversary celebrations）