Confucius Institute is a joint non-profit educational agency between China and countries worldwide. Itis dedicated to meet the increasing demand for people around the world in Chinese language study.It is also aiming to advance the educational and cultural exchanges between China and othercountries, strengthening China’s friendship with other countries and promoting the development ofdiverse cultures in the world.
RUC’s Overseas Confucius Institutes
|Continent||Name of Confucius Institute||Country||Overseas Partner|
|UCD Confucius Institute in Ireland||Ireland||University College Dublin|
|Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki||Finland||University of Helsinki|
|Copenhagen Business Confucius Institute||Denmark||Copenhagen Business school|
|Confucius Institute at the University of Leipzig||Germany||University of Leipzig|
|Confucius Institute in Bologna||Italy||University of Bologna|
|Confucius Institute in Geneva||Switzerland||University of Geneva|
|Confucius Institute at Columbia University||U.S.A.||Columbia University|
|Confucius Institute at the University of Chicago||U.S.A.||University of Chicago|
|University of Massachusetts Confucius Institute at Boston||U.S.A.||University of Massachusetts|
|Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan||U.S.A.||University of Michigan|
|Confucius Institute at the University of Costa Rica||Costa Rica||University of Costa Rica|
|Africa||Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe||Zimbabwe||University of Zimbabwe|
|Asia||Confucius Institute at Tel Aviv University||Israel||Tel Aviv University|
Confucius Institute at the University of Costa Rica
On August7, 2009, the inauguration ceremony took place under the presence of Professor Ji Baocheng, President of Renmin University of China, the partner university, and Dr. Yamileth González, Rector of UCR.
In this context, the University of Costa Ricastarted the Confucius Institute on its campus, the first and only one in the country and Central America, for the purpose of promoting the teaching of Chinese language, disseminating knowledge about Chinese society and culture, as well as the exchange and cooperation in academic and cultural fields between universities in China and the University of Costa Rica.
CI-UCR is committed inorganizing and sponsoring different activities related to Chinese culture, increasing the knowledge about China and the implementation of Chinese language courses.
Since Chinese courses started in March 2010, the number of students enrolled has increased considerably, beginning with 73 to 192 students in August 2012.
At the same time, CI-UCR has implemented a great variety of courses and cultural activities that have positively reached the academic community as well as the national community.
This rich cultural agenda includes relevant aspects of Chinese culture such as Calligraphy and Tai Chi, art exhibitions, cine-forums, panel discussions, and lectures.
For the first semester of 2012, more than 15 cultural activities have been organized with more than 1000 people participating.
With the support of Hanban, Renmin University of China and the University of Costa Rica, CI-UCR, has become a leading center in teaching Chinese language and promoting Chinese culture in Costa Rica.
Director: Lai Sai Acón Chan
Chinese Director: Zhang Qingxu
Address: San José, Costa Rica
Email: Instituto.firstname.lastname@example.org // email@example.com
Confucius Institute at the Columbia University
Director: Liu Lening
Chinese Director: Wang Runze
Address：510 Kent Hall Columbia University 2950 Broadway New York, NY 10027
Confucius Institute at Tel-Aviv University
Besides, the Institute initiates Israeli elementary, middle and high schools’ pupils into Chinese language and culture by means of lessons and hobby groups, providing schools with professional teachers and necessary teaching materials.
CITAU also cooperates with the School of Education at Tel-Aviv University in the program of Chinese Teaching Certificate.
The Head of the Confucius Institute at Tel-Aviv University is Professor Meir Shahar. The members of the Institute’s administration are the founding director of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies Professor Raanan Rein and the Rector of Tel-Aviv University Professor Aron Shai.
Director: Mr. Ori Sela
Chinese Director: Ms. Li Zhenshi
Address: Confucius Institute Gilman Building, Room No. 461 Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv 69978 Israel
Address: Confucius Institute, Daniel Abraham Center for International Studies, Rosenberg Building Tel Aviv University, 69978, Israel
Fax: 00972-3-6405950/ 00972-3-6406712
Confucius Institute at the University of Chicago (CIUC)
Director: Yang Dali
Tel: (773) 834-6406
Chinese Director: Liu Wenxiu
Tel: (773) 834-6406
Chinese Associate Director: Jiang Qiong
Tel: (773) 834-6405
Address: Confucius Institute at the University of Chicago, 5835 South Kimbark
Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637
Fax: (773) 702-0430
Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki
Strongly supported both by Hanban and Renmin University of China, our CI has greatly endeavored to carry out the major tasks of promoting the Chinese language and culture in the past five years .
Director: Anja Lahtinen
Tel: 358-9-191 22864
Coordinator: Mariliina Räsänen
Chinese Director: Xiao Yuanwu
Address: Unioninkatu 33 , Uinversity of Helsinki, 00014
Mailing Address: Confucius Institute Box 42 00014 University of Helsinki Finland Visiting Address: Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor
Confucius-Institute at the University of Leipzig
- The first CI in the eastern part of Germany, catering three federal states.
- Promotion of teaching the Chinese language and culture in middle and high schools.
- Guidelines and standards for all aspects of our work; Strong and active partnership with local cultural and educational institutions.
- Outstanding intercultural character of our team, almost all of our Chinese staff understand German and all of our German staff understand Chinese.
German Director: Prof. Dr. Philip Clart
Chinese Director: Prof. Lai Zhijin
Executive Director: Thomas Roetting
Address: Otto-Schill-Str.1, 04109 Leipzig
Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe
CIUZhas sent59 undergraduate students to Renmin University of China to attend the International Summer School, together with students from all over the world.
CIUZ also coordinates culture activities and programs with the embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Zimbabwe. The other important role CIUZplays is to provide information and consultative services concerning China’s education and culture to students wish to study in China and to members of the public are willing to engage China.
Vision of the Confucius institute
To be considered by our stakeholders and members of public as the center of Chinese language and culture teaching, research, intellectual liaison and exchange that fosters Sino-Zimbabwe collaboration and provision of professional language services.
To promote and enhance the understanding of the Chinese language and culture among Chinese learners in Zimbabwe as well as friendship and exchange between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Zimbabwe, and to promote Chinese language and culture instruction and research at tertiary, secondary and primary school level.
Director: Pedzisai Mashiri
Chinese Director: Lin Yuan
Address: University of Zimbabwe, BOX MP 167, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe
Phone: 263-4-303211 (during working hours)
263-4-303216 (only after hours)
Fax: 263-4-308941 (during working hours)
Copenhagen Business Confucius Institute in Denmark
Director: Boyer Thøgersen（曹伯义）
Chinese Director: Li Xiaoguang
Address: Copenhagen Business Confucius Institute
Porcelænshaven 24, 4th Floor, DK – 2000 Frederiksberg Denmark
Tel: +45 3815 2690 / 3815 3442
Confucius Institute at the University of Geneva
Director: Basile Zimmermann
Chinese Director: Zhao Xiurong
Address: 266, Route de Lausanne, 1292 Pregny-Chambésy, Switzerland
Postoffice: c/o University of Geneva, 5, rue de Candolle, 1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland
The Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna
The Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna was established following the agreement signed between Hanban and the University of Bologna on July 2008. It was formally launched on March 2nd 2009. The Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna was established by the University of Bologna, which is a comprehensive university runs by State with a history of 900 years and Renmin University of China, which is a key University in China, established in 1937.
Director: Marina Timoteo
Chinese Director: Xu Yumin
Address: Via Zamboni，25 40126 Bologna Italy
Tel: 0039 338 2988772 / 0039 366 1959696
Fax: 0039 051 2098540
The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan
Director：Joseph Lam (林萃青)
Chinese Director：Chen Hao
Address: 715 North University, Suite 201, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, 48104-1600.
The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland
Since the establishment of the UCD Confucius Institute, it has been offering innovative and flexible modules and courses in Chinese language, culture, business etc. to not only students at UCD, but also the wider community including local secondary schools, companies and the general public in Ireland. Up till now, over 5,000 people have registered and learnt various modules and courses offered by the Institute over the past six years. The Institute has been awarded three times the accolade of Confucius Institute of the Year worldwide.
The UCD Confucius Institute has been nationally and internationally recognised as having made a significant contribution to the development of strong cultural and economic links between China and Ireland. Its main activities include:
- Promoting an awareness of Chinese language and culture in Ireland;
- Acting as a focal point to support China-related activities in Dublin and beyond;
- Offering innovative and flexible Chinese language courses for all;
- Providing tailored training programmes for Irish companies and organisations;
- Developing and promoting teaching and research in Chinese Studies;
- Offering professional service to both public and private sectors to deepen economic relationships between Ireland and China;
- Establishing a resource center for local professionals teaching Chinese as a second language;
- Hosting a HSK (Chinese Language Proficiency Examination) Centre for testing and preparation
Director: Wang Liming
Chinese Director: Cai Yongqiang
Address: UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 716 3000
Fax: +353 1 716 3030
Confucius Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston
The University of Massachusetts is the only Confucius Institute in the local place, and one of the only six Confucius Institute in the U.S. Madam Xu Lin, Director-General of Hanban and Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, came to Boston for the inauguration of the institute in 2006. Currently, more than 280 Chinese students have been issued international visas study on the Boston campus.
Chengyun Liu, PhD, is a visiting scholar from Renmin University of China (RUC), one of the most prestigious universities in China with a distinct focus on humanities and social sciences. He serves as the Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute.
Baifeng Sun brings a wealth of teaching experience to her role as associate director of the prestigious University of Massachusetts Confucius Institute.
The University of Massachusetts Confucius Institute draws from many resources on and off campus in order to bring Chinese language and culture to students, faculty and members of the community.
A sample of current courses related to China
•“Emerging Economies of Asia” with Arjun Jayadev, assistant professor of economics
•“Introduction to Chinese Music” with Panos Liaropoulos, a lecturer in performing arts
•“Ancient Chinese Civilization: Origins and Development” and “China’s Revolutionary Transformation” with visiting lecturer Shelley Drake Hawks
•“Green Energy Initiatives,” a regular Asian Studies course with Jennifer Clifford, a lecturer in economics
Director: Kathleen Teehan
Chinese Director: Liu Chengyun
Associate Director: Sun Baifeng
Address: University of Massachusetts Confucius Institute, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125-3393