Mandarin to be taught at CMI
Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer
The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) has partnered with the Chinese to offer Mandarin as a core language subject at the CMI with an aim to adequately prepare the Jamaican workforce for an integrated market space with Chinese nationals when the logistics hub materialises.
Don Xiaojun, the Chinese ambassador to Jamaica, stated that the agreement was further evidence of the cordial relationship between the education sectors of the two countries.
"Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1972, especially in recent years, China and Jamaica have forged an all-round friendly partnership as evidenced by frequent exchanges of high-level visits, increasing bilateral trade and economic and technical cooperation, active cultural and sports exchanges and mutual support in international affairs," he said.
Minister of Transport, Works and Housing Dr Omar Davies also commented on the importance of such an agreement and the strengthening of bonds between Jamaica and China.
"This is very important, particularly in the maritime sector, given the importance of the role which the CMI is playing in terms of making Jamaica more ready to participate in the global economy and for that reason my ministry is pleased to be associated with this," Davies said.
As of September 2014, two new teachers will be employed at the CMI to commence the process.
This forms part of a wider agreement with CMI and the Chinese government to expand the institute's physical facilities, enhance its accommodation in order to attract regional and international students, maximise on the use of technology, and attract highly qualified technical and academic staff.