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Confucius Hub LaunchFood for thought as Bangor Academy launches as a Confucius Hub.

An evening of cultural exchange took place at Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College to celebrate its official launch as a Confucius Hub. The local school, one of only 8 hubs in Northern Ireland, has already welcomed a teacher from China, Mr Man Lou, who has started teaching Mandarin to Bangor Academy Sixth Form students as part of the University of Ulster Confucius Institute's scheme to foster cultural and business links with China. 

Guests at the launch enjoyed a range of musical entertainment from Bangor Academy, Ballyholme Primary School and Bangor Central Primary school. Irish Dancers added sparkle and Bloomfield Road Primary school's Chinese dragon charmed everyone. Irish stew and Chinese curry added flavour to guests' discussions about the opportunities local schools and businesses can expect from this new scheme.

As a Confucius Hub, Bangor Academy will host language lessons and cultural awareness for its own pupils and for pupils from Ballyholme, Bangor Central and Bloomfield Road Primary Schools, for Sullivan Upper School in Holywood, for SERC and for local businesses. Funded by the Chinese government,  teachers from the Hubei Normal University will travel to Northern Ireland to share their expertise in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. 

Mr Homsom Shaw of the University of Ulster Confucius Institute explained the value of the Confucius Hub:

"Your foresight in this undertaking is truly remarkable because this will create invaluable opportunities for young people here to build up the necessary knowledge of and rewarding ties with China, one of the world's leading economic players whose trade and cultural links with Northern Ireland is growing year by year." He went on to explain that it was the Confucius institute's "vision  to provide the young people of this country with a competitive advantage in their future careers."

Jonathan Bell MLA, Junior Minister, OFMDFM, said:

"The Confucius Classrooms build upon the outstanding achievements of the Confucius Institute at the University of Ulster. I look forward to the educational and economic success between Northern Ireland and China which the Confucius Classrooms will make possible. 

Mr Billy Hyndman, Bangor Academy Principal, welcomed the opportunities the school's  selection affords:

"The establishment of the Confucius Hub in Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College provides a wonderful opportunity for pupils and businesses alike to learn about China and to realise how easy it is to develop links with this great country.’

 

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