Cook Islands students off to Beijing

Thursday May 10, 2018 Written by Published in Education
Chinese ambassador Wu Xi (centre right) with Chinese language students and USP Cook Islands Advisory Committee members during a visit to the USP’s Cook Islands Confucius Classroom. PHOTO: USP. 18050803 Chinese ambassador Wu Xi (centre right) with Chinese language students and USP Cook Islands Advisory Committee members during a visit to the USP’s Cook Islands Confucius Classroom. PHOTO: USP. 18050803

Teachers and students from the University of the South Pacific (USP) based in the Cook Islands will be travelling to China next month.

The trip is a part of USP’s ‘Beijing Summer Camp’ programme, which will run from June 25 until July 7. The camp aims to “enhance the communication and friendship between USP and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT)”.

The camp will consist of 13 days of professional lectures, Chinese cultural experiences, company visits, sightseeing tours, and other activities. These are intended to promote friendships between the teachers and students of the two countries.

Professors with extensive experience and professional knowledge will give lectures about traditional Chinese culture, information and communications engineering, as well as computer science and technology.

Increasing the interest of teachers and students in Chinese culture will be achieved by learning calligraphy, paper-cutting, and attending traditional folk art performances. Visits to monuments with cultural and historical significance, and landmark buildings of modern design will also be included.

Through visits to Chinese representative companies, participants will also learn about the development of China’s information technologies.

The Beijing Summer Camp is an ongoing programme the Cook Islands is now able to access through the recently-established Chinese language programme at USP.

With the support of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, otherwise known as Hanban, the Confucius Institute at USP became fully operational in September 2012. It was established as a collaboration between BUPT and USP.

In 2016, the Cook Islands USP campus won the “Model Confucius Institute” award for its excellent performance. Last year, the Confucius Classroom at the Cook Islands Campus also won the title of “Confucius Classroom of the Year”.

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