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November 2016

Ten year anniversary of Confucius Institute

(11 November 2016)

Key national and international figures from the Chinese community joined us earlier this week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute.

The celebratory event was hosted by Professor Keith Brown, Vice-President and Dean and Chair of the Confucius Institute Board, and included speeches from Professor Zhou Zuoyu, Vice President of Beijing Normal University and Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, who shared her vision of collaboration with China.

Professor Rana Mitter was joined by the University’s Professor of Public History and filmmaker, Michael Wood, to host an open discussion on China’s representation in the media where Michael spoke about his recent BBC series, The Story of China. The programme received an overwhelmingly positive response from the public in both Britain and in China, setting out to counterbalance some mainstream western narratives of the nation by showing its real heroes – the people.

The Institute promotes a contemporary China to the people of the North West, encourages learning, teaching and testing, and maintains and improves education exchange and engagement with China itself. It has become a centre of excellence in Chinese language teaching thanks to joint efforts of Beijing Normal University and Hanban, the headquarters of the Confucius Institute which seconds teaching staff and provides invaluable resources.

  • You can watch an interview of Karen Wang, Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute, and Tabea Heckrodt, Events and Marketing Officer, talking about the event on YouTube.