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Chinese language courses set to be offered at UDOM

5th February 2013
UDOM Vice Chancellor, Prof Idris Kikula

University of Dodoma (UDOM) plans to offer Chinese language courses as a key to learning from the best practices of China. 

The courses will be offered under the newly established Confucius Institute at UDOM to allow students and ordinary citizens to learn and understand Chinese language and culture.

UDOM Vice Chancellor, Prof Idris Kikula revealed this recently in an interview on the university’s plans.

“This will not only be beneficial to students but to all who wish to learn the language, especially businessmen who tend to travel to China,” said Kikula adding;

“We are very delighted that this plan has attracted many students as a large number have already registered for the course… the outcome has exceeded our expectations.”

According to Kikula, they have signed a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of the Confucius Institute at UDOM with Zhengzhou Institute of Aeronautical Industry Management (ZZIA) China to carry out the role.

Kikula said that the Chinese government will offer teachers and fund to the institute.

“The institute will provide short term courses for beginners at the university to UDOM staff and students on February 5 followed by other courses,” said Kikula.

He noted that the courses to be offered will be long and short term models, with students being awarded diplomas, certificates and certificates of attendance.

“Issuing a degree programme in Chinese is the long term objective which will involve the establishment of Chinese Major at college of Humanities and Social Sciences at the university,” he said.

He also added that UDOM is expecting to develop a mechanism for locally Chinese trained teachers to take the role of teaching the language.