MMSU prexy bares plan to put up Confucius Institute
By Reynaldo Andres
CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE EYED. MMSU President Shirley C. Agrupis on Friday (Sept. 11, 2020), bared a plan to put up a Confucius Institute (CI) in the university. The institute aims to promote Chinese language and culture and support local Chinese teaching internationally through affiliated CIs. (File photo courtesy of Perry B. Dafun Jr., MMSU StratCom)
BATAC CITY (Philippines News Agency) – The Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) here and the Chinese Consulate of Laoag are planning to put up a Confucius Institute (CI) to make the Mandarin language readily available to all Ilocanos and make them more competent in finding jobs elsewhere in the world.
MMSU President Shirley C. Agrupis, in an interview on Friday, said the CI is one way to strengthen the partnership between MMSU and the various colleges and universities in China, and that this program is well-supported by Zhou Youbin, head of the Chinese consulate in the province.
“This program is to promote the Chinese language and culture in Ilocos Norte, as we plan to support and strengthen the teaching of Mandarin language, aside from facilitating cultural exchanges between the MMSU and some reputable Chinese universities,” Agrupis said, adding that MMSU has 150 Ilocano students enrolled in Mandarin class in its Languages and Literature Department of the College of Arts and Sciences.
She said aside from the establishment of the CI, the university is collaborating with China’s Shandong province, with the help of the provincial government of Ilocos Norte, to pursue a collaborative effort to strengthen agricultural research, especially in areas of smart agriculture, through student and faculty mobility.
Smart agriculture is one of the government’s efforts to modernize and strengthen the agriculture sector, which involves the promotion and adoption of advanced technology to increase farm productivity.
“In line with this, we are also eyeing to send faculty scholars (to) various partner-universities in China so that they will be educated and learn the modern technology that China is promoting,” Agrupis said.
On September 3, a Chinese corner was reopened at the MMSU main library in Batac City, aiming to bring China closer to MMSU. (PNA)