19 Mar 2012
CPIT’s new Confucius Institute Resource Centre opened last night, providing the inner-city and eastern Christchurch community with a place to learn more about Chinese language and culture.
Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker, Chinese Consular General Xiutian Tan and CPIT Chief Executive Kay Giles attended the opening of the centre, celebrating the collaboration between the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (UC) and CPIT.
Chinese Consular General Xiutian Tan, CPIT Chief Executive Kay Giles and Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker.
“It is wonderful to see UC and CPIT come together with an equal passion for sharing Chinese culture. They have worked hard to provide a great place to come and learn,” said Parker.
The Centre contains over 700 books, DVDs and posters for use by CPIT Chinese Language students and staff, as well as the wider community. CPIT and the Confucius Institute at UC will also provide seminars and workshops at the Centre throughout the year.
CPIT Chinese programme leader Lubao Qi is excited about the new resources available at CPIT. “The new centre will be an important resource, not only for students of our Chinese programmes but for schools in the eastern area and indeed anyone who is interested in Chinese language and culture.”
The centre will also help to create awareness of CPIT’s full time Chinese programmes, which are the only Chinese diploma and certificate level programmes in the South Island.
“Our programmes are recognised as very practical and intensive, particularly in terms of spoken Chinese. Many of our graduates go on to live and work in China and to help them get started we offer four scholarships each year to study in Shanghai and Lanzhou,” Qi said.
The Chinese Programme at CPIT and the Confucius Institute at UC have a close relationship and last year worked together to offer the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) standardized test of Mandarin Chinese proficiency.