Confucius Institute to be opened in Senegal at Chiekh Anta Diop University in the capital Dakar

Thursday, October 01, 2009

From here in French.

A Confucius Institute will be set up shortly at the Chiekh Anta Diop University (UCAD) in Dakar. A framework agreement was signed to this effect on Wednesday between a high-level Chinese delegation and the management of UCAD. The rector of the university, Abdou Salam Sall, said to Xinhua News that the creation of this institute in the most modern part of UCAD is a realization of the wishes of the leaders of the Senegalese and Chinese governments when they met last February in Dakar.

According to the chief of the Chinese delegation, Li Shusen, what differs from other Confucius Institutes in this case already present in certain African countries is that here China will construct a 3-stage building at UCAD specifically for this institute, whereas Confucius Institutes in other countries usually borrow a part of the existing university when being set up.

According to the Embassy of China in Senegal, since the resumption of relations between China and Senegal in 2005, some 10,000 Senegalese have obtained a visa to go to China, to study, work, do business or travel.

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