Offering two free programs each semester, the Mandarin Language Center, State University of Malang (UM) is holding another Mandarin and Chinese culture class this semester. The two programs have been running since 2011. This semester, the classes will run from January 27 until the even semester ends. While still having status as the UM academic community, both students, lecturers, and staff, all can join the class.
During the program, a total of 18 classes were opened, consisting of 6 Chinese culture classes and 12 Chinese language classes. In Chinese culture class, participants learn Chinese dance, Chinese culture course, Chinese classical music, Chinese knots, Chinese paper-cutting, and Chinese calligraphy. Whereas in the Mandarin class, there are 10 beginner classes and 2 advanced classes. Participants who take part in this program receive training or courses once a week. The class is directly guided by 7 native speakers, of which 6 are volunteer tutors and 1 person is brought directly from China.
The enthusiasm of the participants who took part in these two programs has increased by 50% from year to year. “The response for these two programs has been enormous. There were about 400 participants who registered, but when doing the confirmation stage, many participants failed so that only 320 registered participants could join the two programs, "said Lely Tri Wijayanti as staff of the UM International Relations (HI) office. Each participant who follows this program at the end of the semester will receive a training certificate. Some students or 20 selected participation are entitled to get partial scholarships to take winter camp to China.
Not without purpose, this program is held as an effort of personal development and professional development to prepare students to face the world of work. "We cannot deny the development of China and the role of China in terms of industry, politics and the products we use in our daily life. There are also many projects on relations between China and Indonesia, so we have to make accommodations in this development, "said Evi Eliyanah, Director of the HI UM Office. HI hopes that this program will continue to develop and the participants will increase every semester. Nurul