KIE to offer Chinese language lessons

KIGALI - Kigali Institute of Education (KIE) to start teaching the Chinese language in the next three months.
L-R: Ambassador Shuzhong, Mudidi and Dr Zhou Zeyang, the president of Chongqing Normal University after signing the deal on Wednesday at KIE. (Photo/J. Mbanda)
L-R: Ambassador Shuzhong, Mudidi and Dr Zhou Zeyang, the president of Chongqing Normal University after signing the deal on Wednesday at KIE. (Photo/J. Mbanda)

KIGALI - Kigali Institute of Education (KIE) and Chongqing Normal University of China on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which will see the former offer Chinese language lessons, starting in the next three months.

KIE Rector Emmanuel Mudidi said the programme will run under China’s Confucius Institute, which will open its branch in Kigali soon. He said the Confucius Institute will operate independently at KIE. China will provide lecturers, books and all scholastic materials.

“We have finalised everything and only await the contract to be approved by the Chinese government. We hope that students will benefit a lot especially those who would want to go to china for further studies,” Mudidi said. He added that it will also become cheap for students who go to China for further studies because they will have first learnt the language.

China’s Ambassador to Rwanda Sun Shuzhong, who witnessed the signing ceremony, said that his government was committed to assisting Rwandans learn the Chinese language.  He said: “It will be exchange of cultures between the peoples of the two countries and the initiative will enhance our cooperation.”
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