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Zimbabwe's Confucius Institute to graduate first group of Chinese language students
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07:31, August 03, 2007

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The first group of Zimbabwean students enrolling for a Chinese language course at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) will graduate Friday, New Ziana said on Thursday.

UZ acting Director for Information and Public Relations Daniel Chihombori said a total of 57 students successfully underwent the five-month course.

"The 57 students are the first group of graduates under this non-degree course offered by the Confucius Institute. The aim of the institute is to teach Chinese language and culture and we are the seventh country in Africa to establish it," he said.

The institute, which is collaborating with People's University in China, was opened in March.

Chihombori said enrolment for the next group would begin soon, adding that plans were at an advanced stage for the Confucius Institute to start offering a degree program.

Chihombori expressed gratitude to the Chinese embassy for its support to the program.

He said through the embassy's support, the institute was able to construct in April this year, a state of the art laboratory to facilitate the teaching of the language.

The establishment of the Confucius Institute followed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the UZ and the Chinese Language Council International in August last year.

Source: Xinhua

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