studying at the Chinese department of the University of Khartoum in Sudan
In 2008, he passed the necessary Chinese-language level tests and got a scholarship from the Chinese government to get his master’s degree in teaching Chinese as a second language at Northwest Normal University in Lanzhou, capital of Gansu province.
He stayed in China for four years, which he says made him more Chinese. He is wellversed in using such tools as the Baidu search engine and listening to music with Chinese apps like QQ music and Youku video. He is also good at WeChat, a Chinese instant communication networking app and shares regular updates over it.
After graduation, he returned to his alma mater in Sudan as a Chinese teacher.
Abdalla has been putting on open days at the department, at which students and faculty volunteers introduce China to the public, its history, literature and food.
“Each time, the event is packed with crowds, including some local government officials,” he adds.
Working with the cultural office of the Chinese embassy in Sudan and the Confucius Institute at the University of Khartoum, the college also runs the Chinese bridge card game contests and Chinese culture festivals.
Abdalla sees the language as a bridge to another culture. “In the past, we were limited to information in the Englishlanguage media. Now with the language we can get to know the country on our own,” he says. “I also want to start a column in the local newspaper to cover China, which now seldom makes headlines in local media.”
Abdalla applied this year for a chance to return to China to further his Chinese studies through a doctoral degree.
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Albadawe Abdalla says living in China for four years made him more Chinese.