About Confucius Institute

Since its inception in 2004 the Confucius Institute has expanded to become a global network of Institutes.

The Confucius Institute at Ulster University was officially launched on the 13th April 2012 by the Chinese State Councillor Madame Liu Yandong and continues to grow and develop important cultural, academic and business relationships between China and Northern Ireland.

Through our network of Confucius Classrooms, children in Northern Ireland have been afforded an opportunity to learn what is being described as one of the key languages of the future and by far the most predominant language in the world today.


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Launch of Confucius Institute

In July 2011, Ulster University was chosen to host a Confucius Institute for Northern Ireland. The then Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard Barnett, visited China where the agreement was signed with Hanban, the Office of Chinese Language Council International in Beijing.

Our Chinese Partner Hubei Normal University

Throughout China there are approximately 200 universities that are specialised in training teachers. These institutions are referred to as 'normal' universities or teachers' universities. In the vast majority of these normal universities bachelors degrees are offered, whilst around 10% also offer masters degrees.