What is a Confucius Institute?

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The Confucius Institute is a not-for-profit organization which promotes Chinese Language and culture internationally through the support of localised Chinese teaching through affiliated Confucius Institutes. The Confucius Institutes Headquarters is in Beijing. Confucius Institutes are controlled, administered and financed by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban).   As of April 2009, there were 328 Confucius Institutes in 82 countries and regions.  The central Confucius Institute can be found here.

 
Confucius Institutes in the UK?
 
There are currently 10 affiliated Confucius Institutes. Details of the Institutes including direct links to their web pages are as follows:
 
School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Website
 
University of Manchester Website - works with the only primary Confucius Classroom, St Paul’s Primary School
 
Cardiff University Website
 
University of Central Lancashire Website
 
London School of Economics (LSE)  Website - Focusing on Business aspect of Chinese language and culture
 
University of Sheffield Website
 
Nottingham University Website - School of Contemporary Chinese Studies
 
University of Wales, Lampeter Website - Includes 1 Welsh Confucius Classroom
 
The Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh Website - 8 Scottish ‘Confucius Classrooms’ come under the Learning and Teaching Scotland
 
The Confucius Institute at the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust Website - Also includes 10 SSAT Confucius Classrooms located around the UK
 
The Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine in London South Bank University Website - Focusing on Traditional Chinese Medicine

 

MAP showing their locations is HERE

 
For more details about Confucius classrooms 
 
What do they do?
 
Whilst the general remit of all affiliated Confucius Institutes is to promote Chinese language and culture, different Institutes will have different activities. These can include the following:
·         Language Courses – ab initio to advanced
·         Professional development for teachers
·         Cultural presentations, workshops and demonstrations
·         Local conferences
·         Resources
·         Scholarships
·         Business Chinese links and language & cultural education (LSE)
·         Supporting schools in England which had already started to teach Chinese and about China across their curriculum and also to encourage others to consider introducing it (SSAT)
·         Linking with local schools and colleges providing language and cultural sessions/enrichment
·         HSK/YCT testing
 
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