The Confucius Institute for Chinese Medicine launched at the University of Western Cape will open a new window for South Africans to understand Chinese culture and build a new bridge for co-operation in the field of traditional medicine. The Consul General of China, Jin Ling, is quoted in a Cape Argus report as saying that the institute integrated traditional and modern Chinese medicine science with Chinese language teaching.
Ling said with the deepening of friendship between China and South Africa, “time has ripened for the establishment of the Confucius Institute for Chinese Medicine at the UWC, which is luckily located in our consular district”.
He said there was no doubt that the new Confucius Institute would play an important role in education and cultural exchanges between China and South Africa, especially in promotion of traditional Chinese medicine in South Africa.
Professor Pamela Dube, deputy vice-chancellor: student development and support at UWC, said it was an honour to have Chinese partners from Zhejiang Normal University, who with UWC in 2015 first proposed a cultural and intellectual engagement to both deepen their scholarly ties and collaboratively begin sharing expertise in Chinese medicine.
Dube said the endeavour sought to build on their strengths in research, learning and teaching Chinese culture, Chinese language teaching and complementary medicine, to benefit students and communities.Cape Argus report