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Confucius Institute at UWI, Mona Receives Three Thousand Books from Hanban

The Confucius Institute at UWI, Mona, the first of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean is the recipient of approximately three thousand books and two hundred DVDs. These were donated by Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) in Beijing through the Chinese Embassy in Jamaica. The books were presented by H.E. Chen Jinghua, Ambassador of the People‚Äôs Republic of China to UWI, Mona at a Handing Over Ceremony at the Confucius Institute on January 18, 2011. The collection includes teaching materials, literature and course material for Philosophy and Social Sciences in Chinese only, English only and in both languages. 

The Institute seeks to promote Chinese language and culture, and supports local Chinese teaching. The Confucius Institute at UWI, Mona offers short courses in Chinese language (Mandarin), Tai Chi and Chinese Calligraphy. In addition interpretation and translation services are provided by the Confucius Institute.

Establishment of the Confucius Institute at Mona is part of an initiative to strengthen educational cooperation between China and Jamaica, support and promote the development of Chinese Language education, and increase mutual understanding among people in China and in Jamaica. The Confucius Institute at Mona is one of more than 300 such worldwide developed in collaboration with Hanban in Beijing, a branch of the Chinese Ministry of Education.

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