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Taiwan Culture Centre graduates 1st batch of students

Dec 3, 2012, 10:28 AM | Article By: Nfamara Jawneh

Taiwan Culture Centre in Kanifing Saturday held graduation ceremony for the 1st batch of sixty students that have undergone its three-month basic Chinese course.

Speaking on the occasion, Samuel Chen, Taiwanese ambassador to The Gambia, said there are about two hundred Gambian students studying in Taiwan.

According to him, already several Gambian students have graduated in various universities in the Island nation.

He congratulated the graduands for their achievements and expressed hope that the students would make good use of the language skills they have acquired.

The Taiwanese diplomat urged the graduands to keep practicing the language in order to improve their Chinese proficiency.

“I enjoy very much of your singing and encourage you to keep practicing to improve your pronunciation skills,” he said.

For his part, Dr Momodou Tangara, Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, said language is the mother of civilisation.

“Great nations are great because they have enhanced their human capital,” said Minister Tangara.

According to the minister, Chinese language is today seen as one of the most important languages in the world thus makes learning it significant.

As part of the occasion, a speaking competition was also held with students manifesting their newly acquired Chinese language skills.

Prizes were presented to the best three groups, with those who secured first position going home with one thousand dalasi, the second-position holders seven hundred dalasis and the third five hundred dalasis.

The ceremony ended with presentation of gifts by some students to the ambassador and their trainers.