The Confucius Institute at the University of Ghana has awarded brilliant Chinese students and some volunteers at the Institute.
The Chinese Ambassador’s Award For Brilliant Students, a ceremony held annually, awards non-Chinese students who have excelled in the study of the Chinese language and also to encourage the learning of the language.
Though the COVID-19 delayed this year’s ceremony, it was held Monday, September 28, 2020, at the Chinese Department on the University of Ghana, Legon campus.
The awards comprised cash prizes, as well as certificates from the Institute, depending on levels of excellence exhibited by the awardees in respective categories.
Prof. Chu Beijuan, a Doctor of Literature at the Chinese Department explained that “we organize these awards in order to encourage local students to learn Chinese and have an active part in Chinese cultural activities.”
She continued, “maybe in some cases the performance in the study of the Chinese language is not so outstanding, but their performance in oral language, Chinese dance, and Chinese culture is very good.”
A total of 50 students from levels 300 and 400 qualified for the award
Out of the number, four (4) of them, two (2) from each level received $300, whereas the second and third prize winners were awarded $200 and $100 respectively, all from the $14,000 budgeted for the event.
Immediate past President of the Chinese Students Association (CHISAG), Michael Oduro told UniversNews he was happy to have been honored for his hard work.
He was hopeful the organization of the awards “will go a long way to motivate these Chinese students to take the course very seriously.”
“I am really grateful to the ambassador for organizing these awards and recognizing our effects and organizing these awards yearly for students,” he said.
The Confucius Institute
As a non-profit organization, Confucius Institute at the University of Ghana has been working hard to carry out its responsibilities by offering the following services: teaching Chinese language proficiency, training Chinese language instructors, and providing Chinese language teaching resources.
Besides language teaching, the Institute also holds HSK examinations (Chinese proficiency tests) to make it possible for Ghanaian people to attain Confucius Institute Scholarship and other Chinese government scholarships to study in China.
Currently, the Institute has established 5 teaching sites with over 2200 students, offering courses in Chinese language proficiency, business Chinese, HSK preparation classes, Taichi (Chinese Shadow Boxing), Chinese Tea Art, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese food culture and traditional Chinese medicine and health.
Story by: Gerald Nii Adu Sarbah | universnewsroom.com