By Llywellenie Mpasa:
Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) on Friday held its Confucius Institute (CI) celebrations at its campus in Thyolo District.
The ceremony was interspersed with students’ performances of traditional Malawian dances and orchestral music, Chinese music, dance and traditional performances which were enjoyed by the audience.
During the ceremony, Coordinator of CI-Unima Professor Zu Lijun said the activities represent a perfect illustration of the splendor, assets and the uniqueness of Chinese culture and civilisation.
Lijun affirmed that the CI at Must was playing an important role in spreading the Chinese language and culture, promoting mutual understanding and sustainable development between Malawi and China.
“This is an occasion for true civilization and human convergence,” he said.
He said in order to achieve better development in the new era, CI needs to open up, strengthen coordination and innovation to jointly build a win-win mutual ecosystem of sharing languages and culture for the benefit of the two countries.
Head of Department —Language and Communication and Culture at the Bingu School of Culture and Heritage—Dr Atikonda Ntenje-Mkochi assured that the university will always support the work of CI and promote the cultural communication between China and Malawi.
“The growing economic, trade and cultural exchanges between China and Malawi has raised the standard for nurturing talent in the Chinese language, and the CI show could both display the students’ capability and the quality of language education at the university,” she said.
Must’s third year language student Clever Chipembere, who was one of the lead performers at this years’ CI celebration and the first “Singing to learn Chinese” show, said he has devoted a lot of enthusiasm and meticulous efforts to learn and promote culture and people-to-people bond through artistic exchange and language sharing, which he said are facets of mutual human development.