A cornerstone laying ceremony was held on Monday in Accra, capital city of Ghana, to mark the official start of construction of a Confucius Institute academic building at the University of Ghana.
The two-storey building will have facilities such as multimedia classrooms, language laboratories, library, culture center and a 250-seat auditorium.
SOUNDBITE: ERNEST ARYEETEY, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana
“One of the reasons for the university being interested in developing this relationship with China and in the course of doing that strengthening the Confucius institute is to do with the significant influence today that China has on the rest of the world and the way the world is also seeking to influence what happens in China.”
The building will be jointly constructed by the University of Ghana and the Zhejiang University of Technology.
Chinese Ambassador to Ghana Sun Baohong also attended the ceremony.
SOUNDBITE: SUN BAOHONG, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana.
“I sincerely hope that the Confucius institute can provide opportunities for every young student to perform, and I believe that the students of Confucius institute will cherish the present and realize your dreams.”
The Confucius Institute has been running at Ghana’s premier university for more than two years.
It has established six teaching sites with over 2,000 students, offering courses in Chinese language proficiency, Chinese tea culture, Taichi, Peking Opera and Kung Fu.