BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday July 10, 2014, CMC – The University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, will on Friday hold a “turning-of-the-sod” ceremony for construction of a Confucius Institute.
Confucius Institutes are non-profit public teaching organisations aimed at promoting Chinese language and culture, and facilitating cultural exchanges.
According to the Barbados Government Information Service, the establishment of the institute, “follows a series of discussions, between China, Barbados and the UWI since 2009, and as recent as March 2014, when Minister of Education, Ronald Jones, met with representatives of China University of Political Science and Law, partners in the establishment of the institute here on the island”.
During those discussions Jones said, “We, in Barbados, try to pay a lot of attention to education, for it is one of the leading social indicators for the country”.
This year marks China’s 10th anniversary of establishing 400 Confucius Institutes worldwide.