New Confucius Institute Campus in Asmara

Confucius Institute Asmara
Foundation laying ceremony, presided by Eritrea’s Minister of Education, for the new Confucius Institute campus in Asmara.


Confucius Institute, School of Chinese Language and Culture in Eritrea, has launched the construction of a new building.

Speaking at the ground breaking event, Mr. Semere Russom, Minister of Education, noted the existing friendly relations between Eritrea and the People’s Republic of China and said that the construction of the new building attests to the close cooperation in the domain of education.

Confucius Institute, Asmara
Groundbreaking ceremony for the Confucius Institute, Asmara

Likewise, the PRC Ambassador to Eritrea, Mr. Yong Zigang, commended the Eritrean Government’s cooperation for the establishment of the Institute and added that the Institute is expected to make due contribution in education and culture.

Dr. Wang Xiaohua, Director of the Confucius Institute, said on her part that the building would be constructed at 2500 square meters involving an expenditure of 4 million dollars.

Mr. Yemane Gebremeskel, Minister of Information, Mr. Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Kahsai Gebrehiwet, Minister of Labor and Human Welfare as well as Prof. Tadesse Mehari, Executive Director of National Commission for Higher Education were present on the occasion.

28 thoughts on “New Confucius Institute Campus in Asmara

    1. China has a good intention not twisted impact in Africa.I think you have a tangible twisted idea .No domestic interference,they know ,what is the reason they are in the country and do their duty. Just my opinion .

  1. Wait, so the Confucius Institute simply teaches Chinese government propaganda? I don’t see the value that has for Eritrea. Apparently the school is also used in the same way USAID is used, by giving Chinese spies the perfect cover.

    Judging by our fearless info minister’s tweets, this seems to be a quid pro quo type of deal, where China helps develop other education sectors in exchange for building the Confucius Institute? If so, then I hope it gets closed as soon as we squeeze all the usefulness out of China.

    1. The article says Language and culture, it has nothing to do with propaganda. The major language of china Mandarin is spoken by more people (more than a Billion) in the world.So what is the downside of learning Chinese? It will be helpful for Eritrean translators,those who do bossiness with Chinese companies,those who are involved in tourism (in the near future so on so on.i personally will encourage my kids to learn the Chinese Language.Don’t be negative.

      1. “The article says Language and culture, it has nothing to do with propaganda.”

        How incredibly naive. Why do you think China is building these Confucius Institutes all over the world? They use it the same way America uses USAID. It gives them a foothold in countries of interest to spread their propaganda (“culture”) and allows them to send operatives to spy or steal intellectual property.

        In any event, so long as this arrangement is temporary, then there shouldn’t be an issue. But the more ground you give up to hegemonic powers like China, the more ground they’ll demand from you in the future.

        1. What are you scared of, sam? I honestly want to know. Can’t be communism, because not even China itself believes in it anymore. For me, as long as it’s a quid pro quo thing, I’m ok with it.

          1. Every African should be wary of China. These people number 1.3 billion. Their country is big, but not that big, and eventually the amount of money they spend on importing resources to feed and power their country will become prohibitive. Which means the Chinese will begin to expand (i.e. colonize) into other places. Where do you think they’re going to expand? AFRICA!

            They’ve already begun that process in countries like Zimbabwe, Angola, Nigeria, South Africa, and others. They’ve set up communities and have taken over industries throughout the continent. This is not altruism from China. They want our land and resources just as much as the Europeans, they’ve simply chosen a more gradual route to obtain it.

            Eritrea has done a good job of keeping Western neocolonialism out, but let’s hope they’re not blind to Chinese neocolonialism.

          2. I think you got the wrong end of the rope, Chinese are not short of land to live. The main driver of chinese invasion of Africa through much needed investment is to create a market and transfer some of the industries whoch require lower cost of labour, these two things are in abundance in Africa. Example is Ethiopia where the Chinese manufacturers are moving looking for cheap labour and resources such as leather and textile. They know that Africa will be the largest market the world has ever seen..two billion in 2050. The are preparing Africa and themselves to reap the benefits…neocolonisation has a different agenda whereas China’s envation has pure economic agenda, which i thing will beneft us Africans. No other capitalist for the last 150 years did What the Chinese are doing and this is not only African phenomena but also Erope (London is awashed with Chinese investment) Australia (buying land as well as big agro processing companies etc…while it helps to be vigilant i think in the long run we will benefit.

          3. Also, you say that communism shouldn’t be a concern because even China doesn’t believe in it anymore. That’s true, but the Eritrean government does. Just look at their economic policies. Marxism is still prominent in how they view production and wealth. That’s why our economy is stagnant and relies so heavily on diaspora remittance.

          4. Sam for your enlightenment i send you this.
            Confucius Quotes and Sayings

            1. “Ask yourself constantly, What is the right thing to do?”

            2. “Behave toward everyone as if receiving a great guest.”

            3. “The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.”

            4. “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.”

            5. “Silence is the true friend that never betrays.”

            6. Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

            7. The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

            8. “Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.”

            9. “Respect yourself and others will respect you.”

            10. “To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage.”

          5. Get real, dude. I know for sure the Eritrean gov. does not consider itself “communist” nor does it subscribes communist thoughts.

            That said, we know Eritrea subscribes to certain socialist ideas, like healthcare and education to be largely managed by state. Economics more than ideology is at play here. Prominent EU member states are doing this stuff already. Moreover, the US is moving towards this idea.

        2. I am agree with you. I am not a fan of it at all. It would have been better to teach Chinese language and culture within our own universities by hiring Chinese teachers. However, most countries have some form of foreign schools within their countries. For example; American International school in Egypt, American College in Cairo, and King Abdullah Academy in Virginia. Although, the schools mention in the example may not have sinner motivation. I definitely feel Chinese school is way for them to get a foot hold.

          1. Well, the Chinese might have their own motivations for opening the school. Nevertheless, we could turn it for our benefit, such us technical training and personal connections. China is going to be the biggest econimic power very soon. So, it’s to our advantage to learn the way of the Chinese. As long as the Chinese partnership is based on a win win situation, I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

        3. Steal intellectual property lol? Care to tell us what IP Eritrea has that China could be interested in? Or Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya etc. For the intellectual property you need a skilled workforce. You need serious research institutes and professors that are respected academics in their fields. Next time you go to Eritrea, take a visit to Mai-Nefhi, it’s only a short drive away from Asmara. You can go there and ask how many scientific articles they publish. Ask them if these articles are published in high ranking international papers or not. I can give you the names of a number of professors at the college of engineering & technology. Believe me, the Chinese don’t have the slightest interest in anything our scientific community is doing back in Eritrea.

      2. Unfortunately those 1.3billion people are concentrated in a tiny land where no one visits. So speaking mandarin is not as important as it seems on paper.

        1. China “a tiny land no one visits”?? You must be joking!
          —- 57 Millions of tourists visited China in 2015 — number 4 most visited country after France, US and Spain..
          — And China’s land area is 9.6 Million sq. Km. (US is 9.8, Brazil is 8.5 while India is 3.3).

  2. China to build language and culture centre in Eritrea

    The Chinese and Eritrean governments have celebrated the ground breaking for construction of a new School of Chinese Language and Culture in Eritrea.

    The centre run by the Confucius Institute will cost an estimated 4 million US dollars to complete, according to a statement by Eritrea’s ministry of information today.

    Eritrea’s Minister of Education Semere Russom said that the construction of the new building attests to close cooperation between China and Eritrea in the domain of education.

    Officials attending the event included Dr. Wang Xiaohua, Director of the Confucius Institute, China’s Ambassador to Eritrea Yong Zigang, Minister of Information Yemane Gebremeskel, Prof. Tadesse Mehari, Executive Director of National Commission for Higher Education, among others.

    Investments by China in media, radio and education have been increasing in East Africa in recent years.

    The country is also slated to build a military base in neighboring Djibouti and recently announced the opening of a Chinese-operated railway line between Djibouti and Ethiopia.

    1. With no investment taken place in the country this sort of news is a big deal in shaebia camp. You would rather advocate and urge this gov to open up the market, show real commitment and courage to ease the tsunami and of course have realistic view in the country shaky and ailing economy. Shame on you.

      1. Who said “No investment is taking place” you? No inveatment thats it?
        Ailing economy amd change of policy i agree but to just throw words that does not make sense..makes you lool silly.

        1. Well! Can you mention a single investment carried out in the country either by Eritrean or attract FDI? Don’t bring mining here because that will create another topic. How many small &
          medium businesses being asked to return their licence for no reason – in return monopolised everything anything in the country includes selling goods and services and forced business men and women either to leave or in person. And yet, citizens are still struggling to find a job, buying goods and all government own factories are stop functioning either due to their face value is zero at the moment or no row materials available in the country or gov unable to provide them.

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