The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, FAS hosted the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Zhou Ping Jian in UNIZIK recently.
Welcoming the ambassador, Prof. Ahaneku expressed joy for receiving him in UNIZIk. The visit he said will go a long way to redefine the goal of the Confucius Institute, as well as improve the relationship between the University and the People’s Republic of China. He stated that UNIZIK is the first University in the sub-Saharan Africa to host the Confucius Institute. He posited that the partnership has spans close to 10 years and has seen over 180 UNIZIK students awarded scholarship to study in various Universities in China.
Prof. Ahaneku noted that UNIZIK is the hub of Chinese learning in Nigeria, and has established teaching points in other tertiary institutions in the country. He noted that through the Confucius Institute, the institution has ordered her steps to mainstream in Chinese commerce, business, entrepreneurship, technology amongst others.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that the Institute gives platform to drive all areas of human endeavour in order to train the students to become self reliant and job creators after graduation.
In his remarks, the Chinese Ambassador expressed his happiness at the reception and hospitality the University accorded him since his arrival. He added that Nigeria, to him, is a home away from home. In his words, ”It is really a great honour to be in this prestigious University”.
Nigeria, he noted, has been friendly country towards China and that the two countries share a lot of similarities in terms of population and economy in various continents. Speaking further, he stated that Nigeria is so endowed with human capital and natural resources and all it takes to become a leading manufacturing giant in Africa.
Mr. Jian believed so much progress will be made by this administration in the University with the kind of support received from the institute. He therefore, encouraged the Xiamen University to deepen the ties, as they will be marking the 10 years of their great partnership next year.
In her vote of thanks, the deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Carol Arinze-Umeobi thanked the ambassador for reaching out to the University. She further appreciated the Vice-Chancellor for his unflinching support to the institute. She expressed optimism that the Institute will soar higher in years to come.
Present also to receive the Chinese Ambassador were the principal officers of the University and the lecturers of the Confucius Institute, UNIZIK.
High point of the visit was the presentation of certificates of graduation to some of the students as well as the unveiling of the 64 students who recently bagged the Chinese scholarship.