On 13th December 2017, the China Ambassador to Rwanda delivered a public lecture at the University of Rwanda. The event brought together both students and staff at the University of Rwanda, Gikondo campus. The visit also aimed to strengthen the existing partnership between Rwanda and China, knowing that Gikondo is one of the campuses that accommodate Chinese language classes.
During the public lecture, H.E Rao Hongwei noted that China and Rwanda have strong relationship and encouraged more students in Rwanda to join China and further their studies. HONGWEI called on students to work hard and ensure that they put forward the interest of citizens. According to him, both countries share similarities including courage and resilience.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Faustin Gashayija the Ag Principal of the College of Business and Economics highlighted some opportunities that came with partnership with China such as infrastructure, education and trade. He expressed his appreciation to the visit of Chinese diplomat and suggested the collaborations to be extended in other areas such as labs development, infrastructure and teaching materials for Chinese language.
From Left: Amb. Dr Murigande, H.E Hongwei and Dr Gashayija during the lecture
The lecture marked an interaction with students and most of interventions were mainly asking requirements for studying in China. Students also requested Chinese language programme to be introduced to others UR Colleges. H.E Hongwei observed that the second phase of Chinese language will be extended to Rusizi Campus in near future.
The first promotion of students who study Chinese language are now in fourth year, the language is expected to help them grab jobs in the sector of Business. This is in line with the country’s effort to develop human capital able to undertake opportunities around them.
UR-Gikondo campus community who attended the talk
In his closing remarks, Amb. Dr Charles Murigande said that the visit was not only for the University of Rwanda but also for the entire Rwandan citizens. Murigande who is UR Deputy Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement encouraged UR students to use the opportunity of studying Chinese and increase more chance to compete for Chinese Embassy careers.
Story by Charles Rafiki / Student-intern
Published by UR Communication Department