(Xinhua) — One of Kenya’s oldest university on Friday
marked Confucius Institute Day in a glittering ceremony attended
by hundreds of students, faculty members and civilians keen to
learn about Chinese culture.
The Confucius Institute Day at
Kenyatta University featured thrilling performances from
students that included Chinese traditional and contemporary
music, dance and costumes.
Zhuo Hao, a Chinese lecturer at
Kenyatta University’s Confucius Institute, said it has raised
the visibility of Chinese language and culture in Kenya since
its establishment one decade ago.
“The Confucius Institute has made
significant progress in teaching activities, cultural activities
and media coverage,” said Zhuo, adding that more than 3,000
students had enrolled at Kenyatta University’s Confucius
Chinese entrepreneurs based in Kenya
also attended the 5th Confucius Institute Day that
showcased the time-honored beauty of Chinese performing arts and
Zhuo noted that Confucius Institute
Day that also features Chinese language and cultural experience
activities, Chinese textbook exhibitions and cultural
performances in all parts of the world, had a powerful resonance
in Kenya amid blossoming diplomatic ties.
He revealed that Kenyatta University
is developing a compr-ehensive Confucius Institute that
integrates teaching, cultural exc-hange and academic research.
Dozens of university and middle school
students staged riveting performances that included lion dance,
martial arts and traditional Chinese costume show.
Kamau Wango, the Kenyan Director at
the Confucius Institute of Kenyatta University, said that local
youths had broken new ground in their mastery of Chinese
language, culture, music and dance thanks to establish-ment of
Confucius Institutes in four leading universities.
“As we mark the fifth edition of
Confucius Institute Day, we are reminded of the milestone this
country has achieved in popularizing Chinese language and
culture to the youthful population,” said Wango.
He disclosed that the Confucius
Institute will soon launch a degree course in Chinese language
once the approval process is completed.
Confucius Institute Day, which was set
up in 2014 to mark the 10th anniversary of the first
Confucius Institute, falls on Sept. 27 each year.