Confucius Institute to Resume Online Classes from May 23

The Confucius Institute at the University of Karachi. —Reuters

KARACHI: The Confucius Institute at the University of Karachi announced on Tuesday that it will resume online classes from May 23 (Monday).

“This is to inform you that teaching and cultural activities will resume at the Confucius Institute, University of Karachi from May 23,” a notification from the institute reads.

The notification says classes will be held “online with the same schedule.”

He advised students to follow their class group’s notification for more information.

The statement comes after it was reported that Chinese instructors teaching at the Confucius Institute at the University of Karachi have left for their country.

Last week, the institute’s director, Dr. Nasir Uddin, said teachers from various Confucius institutes across the country, not just the University of Karachi, had been recalled by China.

The director assured that the institute would not be closed, adding that Pakistani teachers were asked to help teach Mandarin.

Dr. Nasir said that the institute is planning to hold online courses and exams, adding that currently at least 500 students are studying at the institute.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Karachi was jointly established by the University of Karachi and Sichuan Normal University in China in 2013.

The institute is a non-profit educational institution that aims to teach Mandarin, deepen international understanding of Chinese language and culture, and promote people-to-people exchanges between China and Pakistan.

However, the institute recently made headlines after four people, including three Chinese teachers, were killed while four others were injured in a suicide bombing at its premises on April 26.

According to the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), the KU attack was a suicide attack carried out by a woman in a burqa.

The explosion occurred at 1:52 p.m. in front of the institute. The deceased Chinese nationals have been identified as Confucius Institute director Huang Guiping, Ding Mupeng, Chen Sai, and their Pakistani driver, Khalid.

An outlawed outfit had claimed responsibility for the attack. Security agencies have launched an operation to apprehend those involved in the blast, but so far no major success has been achieved.

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