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UoN hosts commemoration of Confucius day

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University of Nairobi Confucius Institute choir make a presentation during the celebrations.

The University of Nairobi (UoN), Confucius Institute today hosted the Confucius Institute's day to commemorate the introduction of the teaching of Chinese Language and culture in Africa 10 years ago.

Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, Liu Xianfa graced the celebrations as the chief guest.
 
In his brief remarks, Amb. Xianfa congratulated the Confucius Institute's achievements realized since the setting up of Confucius Institutes in Africa. He revealed that the University of Nairobi was the first institution to establish a Confucius Institute in Africa and the second in the world.  To date, there are over 440 Confucius Institutes and 680 classrooms established in 122 countries in the world, out of which 38 Confucius Institutes and 10 classrooms are in Africa. Kenya has 3 Confucius Institutes and 1 classroom.
 
On his part, UoN Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George Magoha noted that the Confucius Institute has created an educational link between Kenya and China. He challenged stakeholders to put in place measures that will take the academic side of Confucius to the next level. At the University of Nairobi, the Institute has over 400 students pursuing certificate and degree courses in Chinese Language and culture. The Institute also offers specialized courses to interested groups and organizations such as hotels.
 
The colourful celebrations brought together various Confucius Institutes in the region to commemorate the milestones in teaching Chinese Language and culture in the last decade.