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CHINESE EMBASSY PAYS A COURTESY CALL ON THE VICE CHANCELLOR OF UNIVERSITY OF MALAWI

 

The Chinese chargé d'affaires in Malawi Mr. Wang Xivsheng, (a diplomat who is currently heading the Chinese embassy in the absence of the ambassador) led the Chinese Embassy delegation in paying a courtesy call on the office of the Vice Chancellor of University of Malawi Professor John D. Kalenga Saka.

In diplomacy, a courtesy call is a formal meeting in which a diplomat or representative of an embassy pays a visit out of courtesy to a head of state or state office holder.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Al Mtenje led a team of the University Senior leadership in welcoming Mr. Xivsheng on behalf of the Vice Chancellor who at the material time was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for official duties.

 

In his remarks, the Pro Vice-Chancellor expressed his gratitude to the Chinese Government for the continued strong diplomatic ties with the Malawi Government that has been translated into tremendous development for Malawi.

 

Professor Mtenje specifically cited the establishment of the Confucius Institute at Kamuzu College of Nursing, a constituent college of University of Malawi, which was launched on 12th August 2016 as a result of the partnership between University of Malawi and University of International Business and Economics of China.

 

Confucius Institute is a language school affiliated to the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China aimed at promoting Chinese language and culture, support and facilitation of cultural language.

 

“Memorandum of Understanding to formalize and concretize the establishment of the Confucius Institute will be signed very shortly,” Professor Mtemje disclosed.

 

“We may be offering creditable Chinese language. Even the academic facility of Humanities, the Dean himself (Dr. George Bakuwa), is a board member, taking an active role where the University will start offering degree in Chinese language,” he informed.

 

In his remarks, the Chinese chargé d'affaires expressed happiness for the warm welcome the university accorded him and his entourage. He said he was very glad to see that even at tertiary level, the Chinese contribution was increasing.

 

“The bilateral relations will be further strengthened and this leaves me with a very good impression.

 

“The Embassy will assist in identifying professors who in turn can facilitate the sending of qualified teachers to Malawi to help in the quality of teaching Chinese language.

 

“We can also offer some scholarships to University of Malawi teachers so that they study in China,” he assuredly emphasized.

 

 

After the University Central Office, the Chinese delegation also visited Chancellor College where they were welcomed by the Deputy Principal of the College Professor Samson Sajidu, the Registrar Mrs. Mary Wasili and the Dean of Humanities Dr. Japhet Bakuwa.

 

Since the establishment of the diplomatic ties 10 years ago, the bilateral relations between China and Malawi have maintained sound and rapid growth. In the process, cultural and people-to-people exchanges have played an important role.

“Only when people from our two countries really understand each other, we can truly respect and support each other. This will in turn translate into the solid basis of ever-lasting friendship and cooperation,” the Chinese chargé d'affaire, Mr. Wang Xivsheng concluded.