The Nnamdi Azikiwe University, in Awka, Anambra State, has as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19), suspended the Confucius Institute programme which teaches the Chinese language to a list of undergraduates in the institution.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Charles Esimone, made this disclosure at a press conference where the Institution unveiled its programme for the forthcoming 14th convocation ceremony of the institution.
Esimone said, “Yes, the Coronavirus affected some of our programmes, especially the Confucius Institute.
“Last December, most of our Chinese lecturers in that institute went on holiday, but when the disease broke early this year, we had to suspend the programme, stop them from coming back immediately.
”Due to the importance of the programme, the university is considering starting the programme online, to fill the void.”
Prof. Charles Esimone, who was filled with praises for the institution, claimed that the efforts of the university management to improve the standard of teaching in the Institute has made it possible for the University to witness a great leap. The institution now sits among the first 1,000 universities in the university world ranking, as against the 2,000th position previously listed in, some years back.
“In the academics we have done a lot. We have rejigged the appraisal process.
“We have looked at the quality of teaching, and as we speak we have introduced the clock-in clock-out system. We monitor lecturers and students in examination using CCTV to ensure the lecturers are doing their job, and to also stop students from cheating during examinations,” he added.