Number of students learning Chinese in Réunion: at least 1300

Saturday, February 04, 2012

More numbers from an article here, this time in French and on the number of students learning Chinese in Réunion. No surprise that numbers are up compared to ten years ago:

For the 2011-2012 school year, nearly 1300 students have chosen Mandarin, compared to just 177 in the year 2000. To this figure, one must also add about 100 students at the University of Réunion, individual learners as well as preparatory classes.
A few paragraphs down we can see just how much support and aid is being given to students who elect to study Chinese:
From late March you can take your case to the Confucius Institute for a scholarship for linguistic study in China (from 4 weeks to 2 years), offered by the Chinese government. This course includes the cost to enter China, a monthly allocation of 1500 yuan ($240, 180€), as well as the cost of university tuition and housing. It is not mandatory to be a student of the institute when applying. For more information:

A deal like that to learn a language as useful as Chinese is not bad at all.

Edit: might also be helpful to show the location of Réunion for those who know little about it.

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