Kenya-China Alumni Scholars and Confucius Institute of the University of Nairobi Meeting Again
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Kenya-China Alumni Scholars and Confucius Institute of the University of Nairobi 
Meeting Again
 


On January 24th, 2016, some members from Kenya-China Alumni and teachers from the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi held a luncheon meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. The aim was for members to get together and have thanks giving celebration for the new Chinese New Year in advance and to create a new platform for development and further collaboration.

In 2009, Dr. Xu Lin, the general director of Hanban visited University of Nairobi and the Alumni member were at hand to join Confucius institute in welcoming her and express support for Confucius institute. The Alumni were delighted by the welcoming and support Dr Xu Lin expressed to the Alumni. Her memorable remark that the Alumni members cherished was: "In case of any difficulty just contact me. I will always be your friend! I hope you could use what you learn in China to serve your motherland and work for the development and construction of the friendship pertinent to struggle!” This marked an important milestone in the collaboration between the Alumni and University of Nairobi Confucius Institute. 

The Alumni membership comprises students and former students who have benefited from Chinese government scholarships to study in China. This includes those who have returned to Kenya and are working in various sectors of both in government and private institutions and companies. Some of them are now in senior government positions while some are running successful business in partnership with some Chinese. Those who attended today’s luncheon included former students who are now working at Chinese Confucius Institutes among other sectors in Kenya. They included graduates from Tianjin Normal University, Jilin University, Northeast Normal University, Beijing Jiaotong University, Wuxi Agricultural University, Beijing University of Science and Technology, Sichuan University , China Agriculture University among other well-known local institutions in China. A total of 20 participants from the Alumni and University of Nairobi met at Soluxe (Yangguang) International hotel and had a fruitful discussion involving sharing of interesting experience of campus life in China.
 
The participants from the Alumni reiterated their resolve to spend their spare time to promote Chinese Culture and Language in Kenya in order to bring Kenya and China closer. They would also like to work with Hanban and Confucius Institute to showcase success stories for Kenyan students who benefited from Chinese Government scholarships and have returned to Kenya and made great contribution to economic and cultural development of the country.

Kenya China Alumni looks forward to engaging Hanban and the Chinese Embassy in Nairobi for support in a number of projects they have lined up in cooperation with the Confucius Institute to carry out the following activities:

1.Showcasing of success stories of beneficiaries of Chinese scholarships in Kenya through organized Chinese Scholars Forums;
2.Organizing Cultural exchange and short term scholarly visits between the two countries;
3.Setting up talent exchange to promote development of young Kenyan talents in collaboration with outstanding institutions and organizations in China;
4.Promotion of technical support to youth programmes in villages to grow small scale industrialization initiatives at village level for example personnel, services of local development and construction sectors in collaboration with Chinese companies and local Chinese investors;
5.Develop knowledge database and support Kenyans returning from China to secure employment in sectors requiring knowledge of Chinese language and culture;
6.Promote teaching of Chinese language buy encouraging and supporting returning Alumni members to set up schools offering Chinese language along other mainstream course in Kenya.

The luncheon was a success and the participants were grateful to the University of Nairobi Confucius Institute Director, Ms Guo Hong, for the taking the initiative to bring together the Alumni and the Institute. Participants look forward to more opportunities to work together to cultivate more outstanding Chinese scholars and develop a deeper China Kenya friendship.