Ulster University Confucius Institute

About Confucius Institute

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

The purpose of this network is to encourage the learning of the Chinese language and an appreciation of the culture; to facilitate cultural, educational and commercial exchanges; and to strengthen links between countries.

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.

"Confucius Institutes not only promote the teaching of Chinese language and culture, but facilitate the training of language teachers, cultural and academic exchanges and research into China's education system, economy, the arts and society."

- Professor Richard Barnett, April 2012