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October 2016

Official opening of the Confucius Institute

(5 October 2016)

On Wednesday 21 September 2016, the Confucius Institute celebrated the move to its newly refurbished four-storey listed building by cutting the ribbon and welcoming guests into 180 Waterloo Place. 

The building was officially opened by Dr Ma Jianfei, Deputy Director of Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters), Consul Wang Ying from the Education Section of the Chinese Consulate General in Manchester, and Professor Keith Brown, University Vice-President, and Chair of the Confucius Institute Board. 

The new location offers ample office space for its staff and unique learning spaces for its students. The Institute will be able to conduct online HSK (Chinese proficiency) tests in a designated testing room as well as one-to-one tutorial rooms and hi-spec training rooms. There is also a peaceful Chinese garden where staff and students can take some time out and relax.  

The Institute is also delighted to announce that it has been awarded the status of a ‘Model Confucius Institute’ by Hanban, one of only four within the UK. The special plaque was unveiled as part of the opening ceremony and there will be an official award ceremony in China in December. 

You can explore China at the Confucius Institute during its Free Taster Week from 3 - 7 October 2016.