The Chinese Students Association of the University of Ghana on Monday the 19th of October, 2015, launched their CHISAG week celebration with a program held at the auditorium of the Center of African Wetlands on the University of Ghana Main Campus.
The launch, the first of its kind by CHISAG in its almost six years as a student body on campus, was well attended by students and lecturers. Invited guests included the Dean of the School of Languages, Professor Nana Aba Amfo who chaired the event as well as the Acting Ghanaian Director of the Confucius Institute and Dean of Modern Languages, Dr. Josephine Dzahene-Quarshie. The Political Counselor of the Chinese Embassy, Mr Wang Sheng, the Director of the Confucius Institute, Dr Mei Meilian and the SRC President of the University of Ghana, Davis Ohene Fobi, also attended the event.
In her opening address, Professor Amfo congratulated the executives and members of CHISAG for being the most vibrant Language group on campus despite its relatively young existence as well as having the initiative to organize such a program to begin the week’s activities. She urged students to “make the best of the experience” of studying Chinese as the language is a “good asset in the 21st century”.
The Chinese Embassy’s Political Counselor re-echoed Professor Amfo’s sentiments when he named China as the second largest economy in the world a very important partner to Ghana and other African countries. He encouraged students to rise above differences in both countries’ cultures and help to strengthen the budding relationship between China and Ghana.
Dr Mei Meilian, the Director of the Confucius institute extolled some of the advantages of studying Chinese in the University of Ghana, saying students could benefit from scholarship and internship programs by the institute. She also expressed her joy that the CHISAG week was being organized in a year when Ghana and China are due to celebrate 55 years of bilateral relations between the two countries. She urged students to participate in the Institute’s activities and invited everyone to a quiz competition organized by the Confucius Institute as part of celebrations for the anniversary of the Ghana-China Bilateral Relations.
The program which was wonderfully MC’d by a student of the Chinese Department, Miss Dorcia Frempong, in both Chinese and English, also featured poetry recitals by the President of CHISAG, Mr Sylvester Demiyakor and other students as well as various other talks by lecturers, a preview of the week’s events by the CHISAG Patron, Mr Fan Peng and a cake-cutting and champagne-popping show to officially launch the week’s events.
In his address, the President of CHISAG, MrDemiyakor, expressed his vision of making CHISAG the best group on UG campus and the world while also thanking everyone for making the program a success.