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“Chinese Lounge” broadcasted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Guyana

At 5:00 p.m. local time on May 19, 2014, the inauguration ceremony of the Confucius Institute at the University of Guyana (UG) was solemnly held in the Education Lecture Theatre of the University.

President Donald Ramotar has hailed the opening of the Confucius Institute at the University of Guyana as another example of the close and valued relationship between Guyana and China. The President noted that the relationship has been productive in politics, engineering, economics and culture.

The Confucius Institute co-founded by the University of Guyana (UG) and Dalian University of Foreign Languages (DUFL) was officially inaugurated on May 19, 2014. His Excellency Zhang Limin, Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, President Donald Ramotar, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, Minister of Culture Frank Anthony, Vice Chancellor of UG President of DUFL and over 100 people from diplomatic corps, Chinese community and companies, media organizations attended the ceremony. Ambassador Zhang and President Ramotar made remarks and unveiled the plaque for the Confucius Institute.

Guyana citizens can now learn to read, speak and write in Mandarin, as well as shadow boxing (Tai Chi) and to understand Chinese culture thanks the commencement of such courses at the recently established University of Guyana Confucius Institute (UGCI).

PRESIDENT Donald Ramotar, in congratulating the University of Guyana (UG) on what he described as an important milestone in its history stated that the formal opening of the faculty’s Confucius Institute was another example of the close and valued relationship, between Guyana and China.

GEORGETOWN, May 20 (BERNAMA-NNN-GINA) -- President Donald Ramotar says the University of Guyana's (UG) Confucius Institute is another example of the close and valued relationship, between Guyana and China. He said this is a relationship which has seen productive partnerships in politics, engineering, economics and culture. Explaining that the new facility will serve to inform Guyanese, the president said that the theme of enlightenment holds special significance for Guyana, as it did in the time of the renowned philosopher and teacher whom it is named after.

Literary enthusiasts were treated to an evening of storytelling at the Umana Yana yesterday, when the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport celebrated World Story Telling Day 2014. Each year the theme is changed, and this year the selected theme is “Dragons and Monsters.” This theme was in tandem with the folklore aspect of this year’s Mashramani theme “Cultural Folklore: Celebrating 44.”

The Confucius Institute at the University of Guyana, in collaboration with Dalian University of Foreign Languages and Hanban of China, invite staff and students to enroll for classes in Chinese Language and Chinese Taichi (shadow boxing).

The inaugural class included UG students, ethnic Chinese, Chinese nationals and Government official. The undertaking is a joint venture with UG, Dalian University and Hanban. Confucius Institute (CI) headquarters are located in Beijing, and the program is overseen by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), a non-profit organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and the United Front Work Department.