What is Confucius Institute?
As China's economy and exchanges with the world have seen rapid growth, there has also been a sharp increase in the world's demand for Chinese learning. Benefiting from the UK, France, Germany and Spain's experience in promoting their national languages, China began its own exploration through establishing non-profit public institutions which aim to promote Chinese language and culture in foreign countries in 2004: these were given the name the Confucius Institute.
By the end of 2016, there are 507 Confucius Institutes and 1073 Confucius Classrooms in 140 countries. Among them there are 35 in Africa. For the last 10 years, Confucius institutes have become a platform for cultural exchanges between China and the world as well as a bridge reinforcing friendship and cooperation between China and the rest of the world and are much welcomed across the globe.
What will the Confucius institute do?
1. To teach Chinese language of any levels to university students, government official, tourist employees, children of overseas Chinese, businessmen, school children, anybody.
2. To train local Chinese teachers
3. To provide resources for teaching Chinese language
4. To organize HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi Chinese Grade Test) and authenticate the local Chinese teachers
5. To offer Information about education, culture and tourism of China
6. To launch activities related to Chinese language and culture:
- Cultural lectures related to China
- Chinese festival celebrations
- Performance show
7. To provide scholarships
- China Government Scholarship
China Government Scholarship is provided to the top students of the Confucius Institute. They can go to China to study any subjects for their degrees.
- Confucius Institute Scholarship
Confucius Institute Scholarship is provided to outstanding students of Confucius Institutes (Classrooms), winners of the “Chinese Bridge”, overseas local Chinese language teachers, outstanding graduates of Chinese language, and outstanding performers on the HSK, or those who intend to become Chinese teachers. The scholarship winner may choose to study majors including Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History and Chinese Philosophy for one academic year.
Applicants who achieve a score of at least 180 on the HSK (level 3) and at least 60 on the HSKK (primary level), or complete their study at a Confucius Institute for over 120 hours , one academic year term can be granted. The time of entrance is autumn.
Applicants who achieve a score of at least 120 on the HSK (level 2) and at least 40 on the HSKK (elementary level), or complete their study at a Confucius Institute for over 60 hours, one semester term is granted. The time of entrance either spring or autumn.
8. To organise summer (winter) camp to China
The camp is meant for registered Confucius institute students aged 15-30, who have studied Chinese for no less than three months or 40 hours. The camp is made up of 15-20 campers. It lasts for 2 or 3 weeks. The campers will visit 1 or 2 cities and take part in language training and cultural tours. Except for the international transport expenses, all the other expenses are covered by the headquarters and Dalian University.
9. To organise delegation of educators to visit China
The chancellors and headmasters of universities, primary and middle schools, as well as education officials, especially individuals responsible for schools intending to teach Chinese, can be invited to visit China to gain knowledge about its language, culture, educational and social conditions. The delegation will be made up of no more than 10 members. They will visit 1 or 2 cities within 2 weeks; they will engage in informal discussions with Chinese educators and take part in cultural investigations. Except for the international transport expenses, all the other expenses are covered by the headquarters of Confucius institutes and Dalian University.
10. Chinese Bridge
Initiating from 2002, it is a Chinese language competition held once a year by the headquarters of Confucius Institute. The competition includes the competence of Chinese, the knowledge about the conditions of China and the Chinese cultural skills. The competition is designed for different levels, for international college students, for international middle school students, for overseas students in China, for students of business Chinese. The preliminary game is held in the local country and the semi-final and the final are held in China. Winners will be rewarded with the scholarship to study in China, and the opportunity to take part in some cultural activities during the stay in China.
How is our Confucius Institute constituted?
It’s constituted of 3 Chinese lecturers from Dalian University of China and 2 administrators from the University of Seychelles. The teachers from China are responsible for the language teaching, and the teachers from the UniSey are for the management.
What kind of courses do we offer?
Various classes are designed for different learners. 60 hours within 3 months are taught as a session. New courses begin in February or March and September or October all year round.