BIMAP students to learn Chinese language
Select BIMAP students will now have the opportunity to study Mandarin through the Confucius Institute.
The Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity (BIMAP) has entered into a partnership with the Confucius Institute that will see some students take up classes in Mandarin (Chinese Language).
Speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two entities on Thursday evening, BIMAP Chairman Benson Straker said without the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) the initiative would not have been possible.
Straker said at the beginning of July, after requests from the students of the Bachelor of Business Administration programme, BIMAP approached the BIDC to initiate collaboration with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. This, he said, received a positive response from all those involved, including the Ministry.
“All BIMAP Bachelors level students are required to successfully complete a module in a foreign language and the students this year have expressed a desire to learn the Chinese language,” he explained.
Straker said the students and the business community have seen the need for Barbadians to acquire a working knowledge of the language “as trade with China increases and as we welcome more visitors from China to Barbados.”
He said from a business perspective it is recognised that many opportunities exist for persons from Barbados to expand their businesses into China.
The students' grasp of Mandarin, he noted, will create an advantage for graduates as they go into the world of work and interact with international peers.
The BIMAP official believes the partnership comes at a very important time as the Institute expands its offerings and establishes strategic partnerships with persons who can benefit from the quality of the “well rounded graduates we send into the workforce.”
He called on students to take full advantage of the knowledge which will come with the three-month programme.
Calling it a great partnership and one that shows the countries' aim at strengthening their bilateral relationship, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, David Bulbulia, said BIMAP's signing of the MOU with the Confucius Institute is a great move.
He acknowledged the choice made to learn Mandarin was not just to the benefit of the students but the institution and the country, and he applauded those other parties that have made it a reality.