The staff from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will start learning the Chinese Language at the University of Nairobi Confucius Institute.
The launch of the Chinese Language program was graced by the Chinese Ambassador, Dr. Liu Xianfa who noted that the political and economic relations between Kenya and China have greatly improved since President Uhuru Kenyatta assumed power in 2013. The two countries have continued to trade and currently China is Kenya’s biggest trading partner. He said that the two countries will realize great economic prosperity by working together.
Confucius Institute has trained several organizations and institutions on the Chinese language, key among them include Kenya Revenue Authority, Equity Bank among others.
The Confucius Institute have been very good at organizing for cultural exchange programs between Kenya and Chinese students.
On his part, the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, noted that the Confucius Institute have been key in training of the Chinese language and have enabled people to do trade and relate easily. More than 1,200 people have been trained at the Institute since its inception some 10 years ago. The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by Prof. Henry Mutoro, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs took the opportunity to thank the Chinese government for their generous support towards the construction of the University of Nairobi Towers and the forth coming Confucius Institute Towers.
Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Amina Mohammed, noted that the course will go a long way in helping the staff increase their skills and competencies in the Chinese Language. Other languages that staff members will be exposed to include; French, Arabic, Spanish among others. Ambassador Amina Mohammed was represented by Ambassador Ben Ogutu.
The best students from the proficiency classes will travel to China for further studies on the Chinese language.
Also present during the launch were : Ambassador Simon Nabukwesi, Mr. John Orindi, Director, Corprate Affairs and Mr. Johnson Kinyua, Director, University Advancement.