Confucius Institute opens new resource centre

21 March 2012

The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) has opened a new resource centre at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT).

Confucius Institute opens new resource centre

From left to right: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Services and International) Dr Nello Angerilli, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Science) Professor Paul Fleming, CIUC Director Dr Adam Lam, Chinese Consul-General Tan Xiutian, CPIT Chief Executive Kay Giles, Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker

The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) has opened a new resource centre at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT).

CIUC Director Dr Lam, who helped instigate the resource centre, says the initiative will offer important cultural resources to students and the Chinese and business communities.

“The Confucius Institute’s Resource Centre, in collaboration with CPIT, will not only serve the staff and students on this campus more efficiently, but also provide convenient Chinese language and cultural resources to broad business communities especially in the Christchurch city area,” he says.

Dr Lam (Languages, Cultures and Linguistics) adds that the new institute is a successful collaboration of resources between the University of Canterbury and CPIT.

“Both the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics and the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury have successfully collaborated in many projects with the Chinese programme at CPIT in the past,” he says.

“Our collaboration in this Resource Centre demonstrates the commitment of the two tertiary institutes in working together to promote Chinese language learning and understanding of Chinese culture in the Canterbury region.”

Dr Lam says the institute also aims to contribute to the rebuild of Christchurch.  

“Establishing the centre within the four avenues, we also wish to show Christchurch our confidence, enthusiasm and efforts in rebuilding an even better Christchurch city,” he says.

The new institute was opened by Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker and Chinese Consul-General Tan Xiutian.

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