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The Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute

We facilitate the study and understanding of Chinese language and culture.

Chinese New Year Red Lanterns (Wikimedia Commons)

The Confucius Institute is a partnership between Newcastle University, Xiamen University and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban).

The Newcastle Confucius Institute has two primary aims: the study of Chinese language from primary school through to university level and the promotion and understanding of Chinese culture and contemporary China. In particular,  the Institute will develop as a focus for educational and cultural exchanges with China within the North East of England, providing opportunities and resources for creative and academic exchanges through its educational programs and funding schemes.

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The Institute’s agreement was formally signed by Professor Chris Brink, Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University, and Dr Ma Jianfei, Deputy Director of Hanban, at a ceremony in Beijing in February 2012.

The Institute was launched on 18 May 2013.