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Confucius Classroom at Worcester Gymnasium School Held Photo Exhibition of "70 Years’ Achievement in China"https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=6973Confucius Classroom at Worcester Gymnasium School Held Photo Exhibition of "70 Years’ Achievement in China"CISU<p>​To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and to let students feel the development and changes in China more intuitively, the CISU’s Worcester Gymnasium School Confucius Classroom held a picture exhibition with the theme of "70 Years of Achievement in China".<br></p><p>On October 18th, a two-week photo exhibition kicked off at Worcester Gymnasium School. This photo exhibition featured pictures of China's modern science and technology, ecological agriculture, environmental governance, national education, urban development and other achievements, aiming to show a comprehensive and vivid China for the local teachers and students. Among them, emerging things such as shared bicycles, online shopping and mobile payment have become hot topics for teachers and students. While lamenting China's rapid development, students also expressed their hope to experience the convenience in China .</p><p>The successful holding of this photo exhibition has enabled South African students to have a better understanding of China in the past 70 years. In the future, the Confucius Classroom at Worcester Gymnasium School will continue to hold various cultural events and become a window for South African students and local people to understand modern China.<br></p>
The Confucius Classroom at Worcester Gymnasium School Held the "China in My Eyes" Cultural Eventhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=6974The Confucius Classroom at Worcester Gymnasium School Held the "China in My Eyes" Cultural EventCISU<p>On October 21, the Confucius Classroom at Worcester Gymnasium School, under the Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University, held the “China in My Eyes” cultural sharing event, which attracts many teachers, students and local people.<br></p><p>The event was started by the beautiful Chinese umbrella dance, and the audience gave warm applause to the wonderful performances of the girls. In the next part, two students who participated in the summer camp in June this year shared their two-week experience in China. They took Chinese classes at the beautiful Xiamen University and visited in a romantic piano island – Gulangyu. The guests were amazed at the rich schedule of the summer camp and expressed their hope to participate next year.</p><p>At the event, Confucius Classroom teacher Wang Yaqi introduced China's traditional culture: four inventions, geodetic instruments, Chinese characters and calligraphy, etc., and introduced the new four major inventions of modern China (shared bicycles, high-speed rail, scan code payment and online shopping). The audience were amazed at the modernization and convenience of contemporary Chinese life and lamented the rapid development of China's 70-year history. Then Confucius Classroom teacher Xie Mengning brought a speech on China's modern tourist city Xiamen, Beijing and Shanghai. The three cities are different in style: Xiamen is fresh and playful, Beijing is traditional and modern, Shanghai is romantic and modern. Different geographical and cultural environments have created unique city. The audience hope they could have the opportunity to travel to China and experience different Chinese cultures.</p><p>The “China in My Eyes” cultural sharing event provided a wonderful experience for South African students and the public about Chinese traditional culture and contemporary Chinese status, and also established platform between the Chinese and African people to communicate with each other. The China-Africa Friendship Association will continue to deepen and revitalize under our efforts.​<br></p><p><br></p>
The CISU Collaborates With the Confucius Institute at the UWC to hold a Lecture on Chinese Medicine.https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=6975The CISU Collaborates With the Confucius Institute at the UWC to hold a Lecture on Chinese Medicine.CISU<p>On October 24th, local time in South Africa, a lecture on Chinese medicine knowledge and acupuncture treatment was held in the auditorium of the Stellenbosch University Library. The lecturer was Ma Xuesheng from the Department of Natural Medicine of the Western Cape University in South Africa and Dr. Ge Qiongxiang from the Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. More than 30 people from the Stellenbosch University and local Chinese medicine enthusiasts participated in the event.<br></p><p>At 5 pm local time, the Chinese medicine lecture started on time. First of all, Mr. Ma combined his own experience to introduce the history of traditional Chinese medicine, the basic theory of Chinese medicine (yin and yang), the main methods of diagnosis and treatment of diseases and the comparison of traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine. At the same time, he also introduced two characteristics of traditional Chinese medicine: the overall thinking method and individualized treatment methods. When introducing the theory of balance between yin and yang, the audience at the scene expressed their admiration for the wisdom of the Chinese.</p><p>After that, Miss Ge introduced the history of TCM topical medicine systematically. She introduced the difference between TCM internal medicine and external medicine, and introduced the modern medical treatment method, which combines TCM external medicine and Western medicine operation. The audience can further grasp the profound connotation and cultural charm of Chinese medicine.</p><p>Finally, Mr. Ma and Miss. Ge enthusiastically answered questions from the audience and showed the audience how to treat themselves through traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture, which pushed the atmosphere of learning Chinese medicine and understanding Chinese medicine to the summit. The event not only promoted the popularization of Chinese medicine knowledge in the local area, but also promoted the communication of Chinese medicine lovers between China and South Africa.​<br></p><p><br></p>
Confucius Institute at stellenbosch university successfully held the "Close to China" theme Chinese clubhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=6976Confucius Institute at stellenbosch university successfully held the "Close to China" theme Chinese clubCISU<p>On September 27 2019, at 5 pm, Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University officially held chinese club, which theme is  “Close to China”. The participants included Confucius Institute students, staffs of the International Department of the University, local Chinese and their children, etc., totally more than 40 people participated in .<br></p><p>The activity is divided into two parts. Firstly, cisu’s teachers introduce their hometowns in turn. The first teacher come to the stage was Zheng Shengyin, a professional teacher from Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. She started from the "clothing, food, housing and travel" and other aspects in Hangzhou. Another teacher, An Kang, used a tourism propaganda film about Guizhou and supplemented her own rural life experience to sing the plateau mountain features of the southwestern border of China and the people's style of China's new countryside.</p><p>The second part of the event was about the students who participated in the summer camp and the winter camp to tell what they saw and felt in China. Riyard and Tarah shared their experience to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Xiamen. Ruo yijie, a Stellenbosch high school student, recalled her summer camp tour: "In fact, I can’t remember most of the sights that I have travelled, but the tension, excitement feeling are still rooted in my heart and printed in your own mind. After the sharing part, the participants took a group photo together.</p><p>As a Confucius Institute that has been established for ten years, the Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University has always remembered its mission "spreading Chinese culture and telling the story of China." The event not only allowed the participants to appreciate the customs of different regions in the eastern and western parts of China, but also indirectly examined the effectiveness of the Confucius Institute students in participating in summer camps and winter camps.​<br></p><p><br></p>
CISU hosts Xiamen delegationhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=6977CISU hosts Xiamen delegationCISU<p>​Stellenbosch University hosted a delegation from Xiamen University (XU) in China on Friday, 14 June. The delegation, led by XU Vice-President Prof Yang Bin met with Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector & Vice-Chancellor and staff members from SU International. Prof Bin was accompanied by Mr Mao Tongwen, Director of the Southern Base of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Ms Lai Siwei, Program Coordinator of the Office of International Cooperation and Exchange at Xiamen University.<br></p><p>Xiamen University is one of 14 SU partner institutions in China.​<br></p><p><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/XiaSU.jpg" alt="XiaSU.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>XU Vice-President Prof Yang Bin with Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector & Vice-Chancellor of SU​.<br></p><p><br></p><p>(Main photo - From left: Ms Lai Siwei, Program Coordinator of the Office of International Cooperation; Dr Ying Wang, Co- director of the CISU; Mr Mao Tongwen, Director of the Southern Base of Confucius Institute Headquarters; Prof Yang Bin, Vice-President of XU; Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector & Vice-Chancellor of SU; Ms Lidia du Plessis, Coordinator: Staff mobility programmes and partnership projects and Ms Sarah van der Westhuizen, Programme Manager: Semester Mobility and Special Programmes at SU International. ​)<br></p><p><br></p>
The seeds of Chinese are Sproutinghttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8403The seeds of Chinese are SproutingConfucius Institute at Stellenbosch University<p>On 6-7 June 2021, the South African final of the 20th CHINESE BRIDGE Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students was successfully held. Three contestants from the Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University took part in the competition. Elke Swart won the third prize and Carla Gaskin and Wisdom Peru won the Excellent Award. ​<br></p><p><img alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/CIbanner.jpg" alt="CIbanner.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></p><p><br><br></p><p>They each demonstrated their Chinese ability and artistic talent very well and achieved good results with limited preparation time. The students worked very hard and challenged themselves by stepping out of their comfort zones. They gained great experience and in-depth thinking as a result. </p><p>All three participants said that their experience of the competition was very well memorable and will stay with them for years to come and that they would like to participate again if given the opportunity. In addition, the students shared that enjoying the different and exciting performances of the other competitors was the best part of the competition. This is in line with the mission of the Chinese Bridge competition - the Chinese Bridge is a grand event for humanistic exchanges between Chinese and foreign youths and a "bridge of culture, friendship and heart" that connects the world.<br><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>
Happy New Year Greetings from Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch Universityhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8879Happy New Year Greetings from Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch UniversityConfucius Institute at Stellenbosch University<p>​​​Dear SU colleagues and students,<br></p><p>Happy New Year! The Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University would like to extend our sincere and happy festival greetings to you and your loved ones. We wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous year in 2022.</p><p>We are preparing and uploading some super cultural programs about China twice a month, including short videos on various topics, concerts, films, songs, etc. for you to enjoy, through which you'll learn more about China and the Chinese people. </p><p>You're welcome to login into the CISU Website <a href="/english/confucius-institute">http://www.sun.ac.za/english/confucius-institute</a> and click the column <strong>Discovering China </strong>to watch and enjoy the programs. Thank you!<br></p><p> Best regards</p><p> Professor Binlan HUANG</p><p>Chinese Co-Director at CISU</p><p>Robert Kotze<br></p><p>Senior Director at SUI</p><p>SA Co-Director at CISU<br></p><p>​<img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/00000000001CI.jpg" alt="CI.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:349px;" /><br></p>
CISU joins embassy’s 2022 Chinese New Year’s eventhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=8912CISU joins embassy’s 2022 Chinese New Year’s eventConfucius Institute at Stellenbosch University<p>​On 28 January 2022, the Chinese embassy in South Africa hosted a <a href="https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/J0RpwuSvBwCG6I8heRsrug">virtual Chinese New Year's event</a> to bid farewell to the 'Year of the Ox' and usher in the 'Year of the Tiger'. At the invitation of the embassy, the Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University (CISU) recorded a video with New Year's greetings (screenshot alongside), which was screened as part of the celebrations.<br></p><p>Having been held for the past ten years, the New Year's event is a joyous occasion where the development of China-South Africa relations and the deepening friendship between the two nations are celebrated. This year, best wishes were also sent for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, which commenced on 4 February.<br></p><p> In his address, ambassador Chen Xiaodong extended sincere New Year's greetings to all fellow Chinese, Chinese institutions, the students and staff of Confucius Institutes, as well as to friends from all walks of life in South Africa. President Cyril Ramaphosa had also recorded a video message to honour the China-South Africa friendship, while Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, delivered a speech. ​</p><p>​<br></p>
SU Student Takes First Prize in “the 21st Chinese Bridge Proficiency Competitionhttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9239SU Student Takes First Prize in “the 21st Chinese Bridge Proficiency CompetitionProfessor Binlan Huang<p>​​The Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University (CISU) received news yesterday that one of the university’s very own students, Iola Meyer, won first place in the 21st Chinese Bridge Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students in South Africa, an internationally hailed Chinese proficiency competition! This marks the first time in five years that Stellenbosch University is bestowed this honour. <br></p><div><br></div><div>Hosted by the Chinese Embassy of South Africa at the University of Johannesburg, it was attended by some big names, including His Excellency Chen Xiaodong (Chinese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of South Africa), Prof. Tshilidzi Marwala (Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg), Prof. Huang Wei (President of Asia Pacific Engineering Federation and Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences), Mr Tang Zhongdong (Consul General of Chinese Consulate General in Johannesburg), Mr Li Xudong (Education Counsellor, Chinese Embassy in South Africa) and Mr Chen Kan (Deputy General Manager of Huawei South Africa). </div><div><br></div><div>The significance of the Chinese Bridge Competition is two-fold. As many would attest, language lies at the heart of a culture and thus broadens the horizons of those who seek to learn it. These insights bring secondary benefits in that they facilitate exchange and cooperation between the people of China and South Africa.</div><div><br></div><div>The theme of this year’s event was aptly named "One World, One Family" and was live-streamed. All 6 Confucius Institutes and 2 Confucius Classrooms around the country watched in anticipation as their students strived to do their best in the three areas: 1. a written test (general knowledge test), 2. a speech (speaking test), and 3. Talent show (dramatic or artistic performance). Much to the excitement of the CISU, Iola Meyer achieved full marks in the written component, charmed the judges with her shadow puppet rendition of "Chang'e Flying to the Moon" and was awarded “The Huawei Cup”. </div><div><br></div><div>Iola Meyer, Chinese name “Mei Xiaoai”, expressed her thanks to her teachers both at CISU and at SU’s Department of Modern Foreign Languages. She adds, “even if you don't come first, you will definitely still 'win' in experience”. </div><div><br></div><div>The CISU hopes that the students of South Africa continue to avail themselves of this wonderful opportunity in years to come. It can only enrich us all, and truly bring about "One World, One Family".</div><div><br>​<br></div><p>​<br></p>
CISU Offers South African Students a taste of the traditional Chinese "Dragon Boat Festival"https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9227CISU Offers South African Students a taste of the traditional Chinese "Dragon Boat Festival"Professor Huang Binlan<p>​​On 3rd June 2022, Worcester Gymnasium was honored to be part of an activity day celebrating Chinese culture, cuisine, and language. This day of enrichment was brought to Worcester by Professor Binlan Huang, Chinese Co-Director of CISU (Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University), and two CISU teachers.<br></p><p><img src="/english/confucius-institute/PublishingImages/testing-2/1.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>Despite the suspension of Chinese classes during the pandemic, this event was well-attended, attracting over 130 teachers and students, all eager to learn more about this special day. In China, Dragon Boat Festival is a time to attend to issues surrounding health and emotional wellbeing, a message poignant to us in our current times.<br></p><p><br></p><p>In keeping with the spirit of this event, there was something for heart, body, mind, and spirit. Students took part in a lively session of Taichi, as well as a calming calligraphy session where they wrote the words “Ping An” (peace/ wellbeing). Students also got to express their creativity and made bright red dragon boats, the color being synonymous with vitality and celebration in China.</p><p><img src="/english/confucius-institute/PublishingImages/testing-2/2.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br>In celebration of the Dragon Boat Festival, Worcester Gymnasium students were also exposed to the culture and tradition surrounding this special day.<br></p><p><br></p><div>Firstly, students were entranced by the first presentation, the story of the Dragon Boat Festival. The story focuses on a poet of royal descent who deeply loved his country. His noble aspirations are thwarted by the Qin emperor, and thus, anguished, he throws himself into the river. His followers, who love him dearly, rush to his aid in boats. Too late, they throw rice balls into the water to stop the fish from consuming his body.</div><div><br></div><div>Food in China is not only a culinary experience but steeped in history, myth, and legend, too. Having heard the origins of Dragon Boat’s “Sticky Rice Dumplings”, students got to use a pair of chopsticks and try them for themselves. Chopsticks, the students learned, are more than just tools with which to eat. The second presentation explained just that, showing them the meaning and symbolism surrounding these modest sticks, as well as their etiquette and taboos. <br></div><div><br><br><img src="/english/confucius-institute/PublishingImages/testing-2/3.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></div><div><img src="/english/confucius-institute/PublishingImages/testing-2/4.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></div><div><br></div><div>Overall the event was a great success, and participants all hope there will be many more. <br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>​<br></p>