The Confucius Institute of the University of Liberia (UL) jointly established by Changsha University of Science and Technology and The University of Liberia in December 2008 with the aim to teach Chinese Language and Culture has certificated the second batch of students who completed three semester certificate course at the celebration of the 4th anniversary of the institute.
Making brief remarks to the graduates at Myrtle Beach near Kendaja on Sunday, December 2, 2012, the Dean of Liberia College, Professor Steve Jubwe said that the ability to speak any language depends on being able to learn the language.
He admonished the graduates to pass through the stage of just saying "ni hao," which means hello, but will get to the stage where they can construct sentences and keep meaningful conversation in Chinese.
"I did say any meaningful conversation because in some conversations in Liberia we talk garbage, I say meaningful conversations, he reiterated.
He said the Confucius Institute has come a long way, stating that the beginning of everything has some obstacles and it is not surprising to say that the starting of this program was a little bit difficult.
Assuring the graduates, he said the Administration of the University looks forward to a point where students of the Confucius Institute will begin to have major programs in Chinese Language at UL, adding that the UL Administration is in contact with the Country Director of the Institute.
"When Chinese Language learners begin to obtain a degree, he said the Institute will be a department within Liberia College. This is why I am making myself available any time I am called upon."
Dean Jubwe thanked the graduates for taking the first step, quoting a Chinese proverb that says "a journey of a thousand mile begins with the first step."
Professor Zeng Shao Qui said he witnessed the infant stage of the Confucius Institute and has observed that the institute is becoming stronger and stronger each year.
He extended heartfelt thank to UL Administration and parents of students whose contributions maintain the program in Liberia.
He told the graduates that getting the certificate is not enough, what is expected from each certificate recipient is to put the knowledge attained into use.
Earlier, during the program the Direct of the Institute, Dr. Alpha Bah, told the graduates to take every aspect of the program important and put into practice what was achieved in the three semesters during the Chinese Language and culture certificate course.
The Direct revealed that the Institute has added one semester course for students with certificate to study and be awarded a diploma and that it will be included in the UL graduation program each year.