|The Confucius Institute (CI) at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) plans to introduce diploma and degree courses in Kiswahili and Chinese languages towards preparing local Chinese and Swahili people to learn and teach.
Director of CI Prof Zhang Xiozhen made the revelation in Dar es Salaam yesterday while officiating at a one-day workshop on Chinese students learning Kiswahili language at UDSM. Prof Xiozhen said the two courses are being implemented jointly by the UDSM and China University.
“The course will start once we get an approval of Tanzania Commission for Universities (TUC).
The professor said that the introduction of the course aims at preparing both Tanzanians and Chinese towards working and teaching in either of the countries basing on the long history of Tanzania-China friendship.
“The aim is to connect the people of Tanzania and China through acquiring jobs in Chinese and Tanzanian companies here and China,” she said, adding that to-date, a total of 600 Tanzanians have been taught Chinese language at CI.
“We already have a total of 5000 Chinese language graduates at CI employed in China companies here in Tanzania,” she noted. On the other hand, Prof Xiozhen said that the CI was in the process of introducing Chinese language in selected secondary schools in Tanzania.
In March, this year, taking into account the growing economic ties between China and Tanzania, it was clear that the demand for Tanzanians to learn Chinese language for the purpose of creating more opportunities has increased.