Fifty-Five Madagascan students successfully graduated from The Confucius Institute in Madagascar on Friday after amazingly completing their studies in Chinese language and culture.
Antananarivo University’s president, Professor Panja Ramanoelina congratulated the students on their success during the graduation ceremony, stating, “Today, you bring credit to Antananarivo University and tomorrow you will be its pride.”
Professor Ramanoelina expressed his gratitude and admiration towards the Confucius Institute for their efficiency in the promotion of education in Madagascar and thanked the Chinese investors for the support they provide in opening up job opportunities for the graduates from Antananarivo University.
The ceremony also saw a speech from the secretary general of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research Christian Ralijaona, “On behalf of the Malagasy government, I express our deep gratitude to the Chinese government and the Confucius Institute which gave opportunities for Malagasy youth to have a better future.”
The establishment opened up in Madagascar in 2008 and has focused on promoting the relationship between China and Madagascar through the Chinese language being studied by so many students said Ralijaon.
The Malagasy director of the Confucius Institute Zo Rasendra told Xinhua that some of the 55 graduates will continue their studies in China while some will work in companies as interpreters and tourist guides.
The director further explained that, another 54 students this year also received Chinese government scholarships to study in 11 universities in China for a period from 6 months to four years. The students will fly to China early in September.
The Chinese director of the Confucius Institute Chen Lijuan said the number of scholarships represented an increase this year from around 30 annually in the past years.
After 8 years of existence in Madagascar, the Confucius Institute works with more than 40 schools in the country to teach Chinese language for local students.