Interview: New Department of Sinology at the University of Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve understanding

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Ljiljana Stevic gives a lecture to Chinese language lovers at the Confucius Institute at the University of Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina, July 2, 2022. The second Department of Sinology in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) at the University of Banja Luka, expected to open in early October, will create an excellent platform to strengthen understanding and relations between the two countries, said the head of the new department, Ljiljana Stevic. Photo: Xinhua

The second Department of Sinology in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) at the University of Banja Luka, which is scheduled to open in early October, will create an excellent platform to strengthen understanding and relations between the two countries, said the director of the new department, Ljiljana Stevic.

In a recent interview with Xinhua, Stevic, also a pioneer of Chinese studies in the Balkan country, spoke about the importance of learning Chinese as well as enhancing cultural and scientific exchanges between BiH and China.

“It will lead to future prosperous relations and better understanding, as well as the strengthening of international partnership,” Stevic said, adding that as China becomes more and more important in the international arena, knowledge of Chinese language and culture means more opportunities and is a real need for anyone who wants to keep up with the times.

The idea of ​​introducing Chinese studies at the University of Banja Luka emerged at the end of 2019 when rector Radoslav Gajanin paid a visit to Beijing, during which he and Chinese officials discussed the fruitful cooperation around the University Confucius Institute established in January 2018.

Stevic attributed the birth of the new Sinology Department to the help of the Chinese Embassy here as well as the Rector’s strong resolve amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recalling his experience learning Chinese, Stevic, who also heads the Confucius Institute, widely regarded as one of Europe’s most active institutes in promoting Chinese culture, said the new Department of Sinology at the Faculty of philology is another step and a natural extension of what she has been doing for many years.

After graduating in Chinese Language and Literature from the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade in Serbia in 1999, Stevic got a scholarship from the Chinese Ministry of Education and went to the University of Languages ​​and Beijing culture.

“I was so grateful to the Chinese government for this opportunity and hoped one day to do my best to pay it forward and allow other young people to study Chinese and see China,” he said. she said, expressing hope that both countries will benefit. of the growing number of Chinese learners.

Besides contemporary and classical Chinese language courses, the Sinology department also offers courses covering Chinese culture, philosophy, history, geography, diplomacy and economy, she said.

Given the growing demand for Chinese translators, experts and consultants in the public and private sectors, there is a promising prospect for graduates, she said, adding that the department plans to build closer relationships. with more universities and enterprises in China.

The first Department of Sinology in Bosnia and Herzegovina was started in 2011 by the University of East Sarajevo. On average, about 30 students complete their four-year studies each year.

Ljiljana Stevic gives a lecture to Chinese language lovers at the Confucius Institute at the University of Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina, July 2, 2022. The second Department of Sinology in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) at the University of Banja Luka, expected to open in early October, will create an excellent platform to strengthen understanding and relations between the two countries, said the head of the new department, Ljiljana Stevic.  Photo: Xinhua

Ljiljana Stevic gives a lecture to Chinese language lovers at the Confucius Institute at the University of Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina, July 2, 2022. The second Department of Sinology in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) at the University of Banja Luka, expected to open in early October, will create an excellent platform to strengthen understanding and relations between the two countries, said the head of the new department, Ljiljana Stevic. Photo: Xinhua

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