TCM Confucius Institute in South Africa
On September 11, Yuan Jiajun, the governor of Zhejiang Province, and Jape, head of the Department of International Relations of the Ministry of Higher Education and Training, held the opening ceremony of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Confucius Institute at the University of the Western Cape.
During the ceremony, Meko Magida, interim president of the University of the Western Cape, said the university will see the establishment of the institute as a platform to cooperate with universities in China, launching a series of activities on culture, language, and TCM.
Lin Jing, China's consul general in Cape Town, said the opening of the institute means the Confucius Institutes in South Africa will have more fields to explore than language teaching only, and China-South Africa cooperation will step onto a new stage. The TCM Confucius Institute incorporates traditional and modern Chinese medical science with Chinese learning, which will open a new window for people in South Africa to better understand Chinese culture and promote the medical cooperation between China and South Africa.
Commissioned by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing, the establishment of the institute resulted from cooperation between Zhejiang Normal University, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, and University of the Western Cape. It is the sixth Confucius Institute established in South Africa, and also the first one to include “TCM” in its name in Africa. (By Li Yingyan, translated by Zhang Jiajia, edited by Kendra Fiddler)