Journal : People's Daily (English) Date : Author : Li Jan Page No. : NA
URL : http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0214/c90000-9177888.html

OnFeb.13, abeginnerMandarinclasswasofficiallylaunchedbyNepal’sMinistryofEducation, inabidtostrengtheneducationexchangebetweenNepalandChina, accordingtoXinhua.

Over 20 Nepaleseeducationofficialshaveattendedtheclass. Eachofficialisentitledto 80 hoursofclasstime. Sofar, officialsintheForeignMinistry, departmentsofculture, tourismandcivilaviation, andtopmilitarypositionscanavailthemselvesoftheopportunitytolearnMandarin, accordingtoWangShengli, ChinesedeanoftheConfuciusInstituteatKathmanduUniversity.

TheNepaleseareincreasinglykeentolearnMandarinandstudyChineseculture, asthefriendshipbetweenthetwocountrieshasdeepened, accordingtoChineseambassadortoNepalYuHong.

“Nepal has a lot to learn from China in sectors including technology, education, culture, trade and tourism. Learning about these areas is possible only through [shared] language, so we feel it’s necessary to train our officials for the transfer of knowledge and technology,” stated the joint secretary of the Ministry of Education.

InNepal, theConfuciusInstituteatKathmanduUniversityhastrainedover 20,000 NepalesecitizenssinceitsestablishmentinJune 2007. ItisregardedasthebestbaseforthepromotionofChinesecultureandlanguageintheHimalayancountry.

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