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The UWI’s Confucius Institute Day presents China Kaleidoscope

For Release Upon Receipt - September 18, 2017

St. Augustine

The Confucius Institute at The University of the West Indies (UWI) presents its 4th annual Confucius Institute Day under the theme China Kaleidoscope. Chinese costumes, craft and culture will all be on display at the event which takes place on Friday September 29. 

The global institution of the Confucius Institute is commemorating its 13th anniversary this year, and the Confucius Institute Day is the celebration of this milestone. Locally, the celebrations will take the form of an all-day (10am to 3pm) series of events at The UWI St. Augustine, JFK Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Among the activities planned are:

Travel in China

Learn about famous sites and different provinces in China, while exploring the adventures undertaken by local Trinbagonians who visited China. Claim a prize in a treasure hunt. Test your knowledge on China at Trivia Corner and leave a message at the Great Wall replica!

Study in China

Interested in studying in China? Attend the Study in China lectures to learn about opportunities to visit China on short-term and long-term study through partial and full scholarships.

Experience Chinese Culture

Unleash your creative side in the Experience Chinese Culture mini expo! Participants will be exposed to Chinese culture through four main activities:  Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese arts and crafts, Tai Chi Fan and Chinese clothing. Walk away with your very own calligraphy piece, make friendship bracelets using Chinese knotting techniques,  create fantastic paper decorations using Chinese paper cutting techniques, mimic the fast yet elegant movements of Tai Chi Fan or strike a pose in traditional Chinese clothing at the instant photo-booth!

There will also be performances throughout the day, including a Mongolian dance by the Chinese Embassy and Tai Chi demonstrations. There will also be Chinese food on sale throughout the day.

For further information, please call Janine Lutchman at 662-2002 ext. 83213 or email


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)