“She was born in Brcko,a district in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but Jelena Vujicic has a Chinese name as well — Wu Yali.

She acquired the name when she started learning Chinese in 2012, following an agreement between the University of East Sarajevo (UES) and China’s Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) in the previous year to set up a Department of Sinology at UES, the first such department in a Bosnia and Herzegovina university.

One of the first postgraduate students from the department, Vujicic is now a teacher. In April 2017, she was appointed as a Chinese language teacher in her own department for her excellent performance.

Talking of the high unemployment rate in her own country, she said, ‘It’s very hard for young people to find a job here. I am glad that through Chinese language learning, I found a decent job.'” (Xinhuanet)