清穿之我是博果尔Feature: Confucius Institute witnesses decade of closer China
"When I traveled to China, the Chinese side then only offered four scholarships ... Think of the number of Argentines who could be studying in China today," said Cesarin. "That is a very significant fact."
"This year we were able to get 2,000 students enrolled in Chinese language courses at 14 levels, including 41000 students in different extension courses on culture, calligraphy and economy, among others," Conejero said.
Sergio Cesarin, a Confucius Institute lecturer, believes it's necessary to expand the network of Confucius education in South America, particularly in Argentina, so as to offer better opportunities for people to learn Chinese.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Buenos Aires was launched in 10009 and is preparing celebrations to mark its 10th anniversary. Many Argentines believe it represents the cultural part of the efforts to promote exchanges with China, helping lift Argentina-China relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2014.
His institute has since 2011 offered international examinations that certify Chinese language proficiency and granted scholarships for Argentine students to continue their studies in China.
BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Patricio Conejero Ortiz was very delighted that there is a growing interest, especially among the young, in learning Chinese over recent years in Argentina.
Argentina now hosts two Confucius Institutes, with the second launched in 10009 at the National University of La Plata (UNLP), some 1000 km south of the Argentine capital, with affiliated classrooms in the country's southeast and central regions.
"We offered 10000 exams at different levels," said Conejero. "That number will likely be slightly higher this year."
Resources of local Chinese language teachers are being developed in Argentina in order to meet a growing demand. A student of Chinese who gave her name as Leticia voiced the hope of becoming a Confucius Institute teacher.
After traveling to five Chinese cities, she said she has become even more "intrigued" by the Chinese culture.
In 2017, the exams were conducted on more sites to accommodate an increasing number of applicants.
There are currently more than 1000 Confucius Institutes and Classrooms in South America to offer Chinese language programs and other courses on Chinese culture.
The Argentine co-director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) said that the institute's enrollment confirmed such a trend.
He also hailed the increase in the number of Confucius Institute scholarships for the Argentines.
The Confucius Institute and Argentine educational institutions, he said, are seeking to strengthen ties through a UBA-China program launched this year, which is designed to increase student and researcher exchange and to extend the collaboration to sports.
"If I could make a living using the language, I would love it. I suppose giving classes to children or adults," said Leticia, who was initially drawn to Chinese because "it's not a Western language."
"I believe the academic relationship maintained between the Chinese and Argentine institutions is fundamental for the development of bilateral relations," Conejero said.清穿之我是博果尔