After two years of operations at the University of the West Indies' Mona campus in St Andrew, the Confucius Institute was recently officially named an accredited centre for the administration of Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) examinations, the Chinese Language Proficiency Test. Therefore, persons in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean who are studying Chinese can now sit the exams.
In several countries, including China, HSK is administered to speakers of other languages, as well as native Chinese belonging to ethnic minorities whose first language may not be Mandarin (Chinese).
In its drive to spread the knowledge of the Chinese language and culture across Jamaica, the Confucius Institute offers courses in Chinese language, Chinese calligraphy and tai chi. The institution also hosts a Film of the Month, where the work of Chinese and foreign directors are examined, appreciated and discussed.
The institute also collaborates with institutions in China, offering student exchange and scholarships to Jamaican students who wish to pursue studies in China.