(Xinhua) -- Chinese cultural performances along with
local traditional dances highlighted the celebrations here on
Saturday to mark the third anniversary of the establishment of
the Confucius Institute in Uganda.
The programs showed a harmony between
the two different cultures of China and Uganda. Officials
attending the event agreed that the Confucius Institute set up
in the Makerere University, which is Uganda’s oldest and top
university, has contributed a lot to cooperation between the two
Chu Maoming, deputy Chinese ambassador
to Uganda, said the institute has built a bridge to connect the
two peoples through language learning and cultural exchange.
“It has become a window through which
the Ugandan people come to know more about China. It has
boosted bilateral exchange,” Chu said.
“With this we will see greater
contributions made to boost China-Uganda educational
cooperation, people-to-people exchange and development of
bilateral friendly relationship,” said Chu.
He advised Ugandan students to learn
the Chinese language well and make a use of this in the East
African country’s future development.
“Use what you have learned to deepen
mutual understanding between China and Uganda, helping them
to become friends and reliable partners,” the Chinese
Barnabas Nawangwe, vice chancellor of
the Makerere University, said he is looking forward to building
a Chinese cultural center in the campus to enhance Uganda-China
“I am looking forward to having a
Chinese cultural center here. This will attract the people
who want to study and know more about Chinese culture,” said
Oswald Ndoleriire, Ugandan-side
director of the Confucius Institute, said the institute,
launched in December 2014, has now over 70 students enrolled for
Chinese language degree courses and over 4,000 more for
“The Confucius institute has yielded
fruits that we are very proud of,” said Ndoleriire, adding
that it has held a partnership with Uganda’s National
Curriculum Development Center in introducing Chinese
language courses in secondary schools.
He also said the institute has
extended its cultural activities to outside the capital Kampala,
and offered its students a chance for research trip to China in
“This helps them to know better about
the Chinese culture and to seek opportunities for studying
in China,” said Ndoleriire.