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Our Partners

Learn more about our partners and the UK Network of Confucius Institutes.

Xiamen University

Xiamen University was founded in 1921 by Tan Kah Kee. Tan Kah Kee was a well-known patriotic overseas Chinese leader. It was the first university in China founded by an overseas Chinese.

The establishment of the Confucius Institute has been very important to our broader partnership with Xiamen. We work together on a range of research and teaching.

Xiamen is one of China's most active Confucius Institute partners. There are a total of 15 worldwide including nine in Europe.

Xiamen University

The Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban)

The Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), established in 1987, is a public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education.

It is committed to:

  • providing Chinese language and cultural teaching resources and services worldwide
  • meeting the demands of foreign Chinese learners
  • contributing to the development of multiculturalism

It has set up more than 360 Confucius Institutes throughout the world.

UK network

We are one of a number of Confucius Institutes in the UK. The Confucius Institute Network UK (CINUK) was set up in 2006 as a forum for the Institutes to:

  • exchange ideas and experiences
  • discuss matters of common concern
  • collaborate in joint projects

While each Institute develops its own programme, all work to a high-quality standard. Students benefit from extensive resources and the teaching skills of the visiting staff.