The one-year-old Confucius Institute (CI) at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has been approved as a Caribbean HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) testing centre for Chinese language.
Director General at the worldwide network of Confucius Institutes Xu Lin confirmed the approval during talks in Beijing with campus principal Professor Eudine Barriteau, who led a delegation to the second annual board meeting of the CI in the Chinese capital, a UWI release stated.
Approval means that the institute will be allowed to confer students with internationally recognized certification in Chinese.
According to the release, the academic programme will be bolstered by the provision of further professional teachers by China to the Barbados-based institute. Additionally, the Cave Hill campus and the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) have agreed to expand cooperation through the Confucius Institute.
During the March 17 to 21 visit, the board approved the CI’s work programme for 2016 and 2017, which will see the institute broadening its delivery of Chinese language and culture classes in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, as well as piloting a series of student, academic and other exchanges, it said.
One of the highlights will be the organization of a moot court competition between students of the faculties of law of the two universities to be held in Barbados.
In her meeting with Xu, Barriteau agreed to move forward this year with the establishment at the Cave Hill campus of a Caribbean-China legal research centre. The UWI principal also signed a memorandum of understanding with the China Law Society (CLS) for cooperation in legal research. The CLS brings together practitioners and academics in all areas of legal practice and research, the UWI release stated.
“Professor Barriteau said this was an important first step towards improving the understanding of the legal system in the Caribbean and China.
“The campus and the CLS, the largest legal association in China, also agreed to work together towards the organization of the first Caribbean-China Legal Forum,” according to the news release.
Meantime, the UWI Cave Hill campus and the CUPL have agreed to establish a joint research centre here next year to facilitate scholarly exchanges and participation in conferences in the Caribbean and China.
UWI said its aim was to enhance better understanding in the Caribbean of Chinese legal system as well as to develop an understanding of the Caribbean legal systems in China, adding that it would be the first of its kind in the Commonwealth Caribbean. (PR)