On 8 October 2018, the Confucius Institute of Banja Luka was handed 2,000 titles, the donation of the Ministry of Education of the PR China and the Confucius Institute Headquarters in the city of Hanban.
The ceremony was organised on the premises of the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Banja Luka, where the Banja Luka branch is located
'The donation is directed towards further strengthening the existing cooperation between the two institutions, with the staff of the University having access to the latest publications from China’, said Prof. Goran Latinovic, PhD, Vice-Rector for Scientific Research and Development of the University of Banja Luka.
‘This is an opportunity for students to gain closer knowledge of the Chinese history, culture, and tradition through extended literature’, added Ms Ljiljana Stevic, MA, Director of the Confucius Institute of Banja Luka, pointing out that publications are mostly done two-ways, in both English and Chinese.
Ms Stevic also highlighted the fact that the Confucius Institute had become the designated centre for taking the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), the standardized test of the Chinese language for non-native speakers, adding that the donation contained, among other things, complete sets of preparatory material regarding the test, as well as a lot of other didactic and cultural contents.
The ceremony was also attended by Prof. Zdravko Zlokapa, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Political Science, Dr Dusko Trninic, assistant professor, Vice-Dean for Education of the Faculty of Political Science, and Ms Jing Tsai, MA, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute of Banja Luka.