Confucius Institute update April 2014

Chinese New Year 2014 – The Year of the Horse

This year is the Chinese year of the Horse, and the Confucius Institute celebrated Chinese New Year with a number of events in Cardiff.

Cardiff Confucius Institute in partnership with the Welsh Government jointly hosted a new year’s eve reception on 30 January at the Senedd in Cardiff which was attended by the First Minister the Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM and Mr Cong Peiwu, Minister from the Chinese Embassy in London.  Guests came from across Wales and represented academia, business and cultural organisations with an interest in China, and the Chinese community in Wales.   Entertainment included a traditional Chinese Dragon dance, Chinese music performed by Chinese students studying at Cardiff University and a demonstration of Mandarin and a traditional Chinese Fan Dance performed by the pupils of Millbrook Primary School in Newport.  Both the First Minister and Minister Cong congratulated the school children performance and Minister Cong added that he was very impressed with their Mandarin skills.

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The Confucius Institute celebrated Chinese New Year in the local community with family events at the Red Dragon Centre on Saturday 1 February, at the Cardiff Story Museum on Sunday 2 February and at Cardiff Central Library on Saturday 8 February.  Children made traditional Chinese decorations including lanterns and paper-cuts, coloured Chinese masks and dressed up in traditional Chinese clothes, and there was a Chinese calligraphy demonstration.  The atmosphere was lively as children and families found out about Chinese New Year and enjoyed the activities.

Staff Update

In February, we were sad to say goodbye to Prof ZHU Xueyi, who has been our Chinese Academic Director for two years, but pleased that she has not gone too far, and wish her well as she takes up her new post at Southampton Confucius Institute.  In March, we were delighted to welcome our new Chinese Academic Director, Prof LI Dan.  Prof Li has previously spent time in Wales as a visiting scholar at Aberystwyth and comes to us from the School of Public Affairs Xiamen University.  We are very pleased that our 6 new Chinese tutors have recently arrived from China and are settling into their schools around the country and to teaching at the University.

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Confucius Institute Round Table

In February, Executive Director Prof Anthony Beresford and General Manager Victoria Grant attended the annual Confucius Institute Roundtable Meeting at the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in London.  Cardiff Confucius Institute was invited to give a presentation and Prof Beresford impressed representatives of Confucius Institutes across the UK with the range of our work.  Discussion ranged from teaching Chinese and Chinese exams, promotion of Chinese culture and supported study opportunities in China.  The debate was lively and productive, and the delegates agreed that future meetings would benefit from being longer so as to be more productive.

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International Forum on Low-Carbon Eco-Cities

Cardiff Confucius Institute, in partnership with Cardiff University School of Geography and Planning, held an International Forum on Low-Carbon Eco-Cities on 20-21 March.  Experts in research and implementation in this field from across the UK, Europe and China gathered to discuss developments and the application of low-carbon technology in city planning, an area of critical interest to countries all over the world.  We were particularly pleased to welcome Prof WANG Shaosen from Xiamen university, who gave a fascinating presentation on marrying the ancient and modern in developing low carbon living.  The presentations and debates well attended by colleagues and post-graduates from the University and with the unanimously positive feedback, the Confucius Institute is considering the possibility of supporting this area on an on-going basis.

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COMING UP

Study in China

Applications are now open for the Study China scheme which provides funded opportunities for full time students at UK universities to spend a month in China over the summer holidays.  All levels of ability are catered for, including complete beginners.  Please see the Study China website for details.  It is anticipated that places will be filled by early May so you are encouraged to submit your applications as soon as possible and certainly by the end of the Easter holidays.  Cardiff Confucius Institute is happy to assist you in making your application and provide pre-departure and language briefing.

Study Chinese with us over the summer

This summer we are again offering 3 week intensive Chinese courses running on three nights a week. Details are available form www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/summerlanguages 

Cardiff Confucius Institute now has a Facebook page – keep in touch!

A third CPD webinar: A dose of lunch time learning

Cardiff University’s Professional Development Team hosted a one hour Medical Risk: Lifestyles webinar on Friday 28th March, exploring the links between various lifestyle choices and health. Dr Niven-Jenkins led a discussion on today’s ‘hot’ topics of obesity, diet, activity levels, alcohol consumption and smoking, assessing their impact on medical risk.  The webinar was attended by medical underwriters and insurers and was delivered as part of an ongoing suite of Assessing and Managing Medical Risk programmes.

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The webinar was a great success attracting top insurance companies from across the United Kingdom and Ireland. The new corporate booking option was well-received with several organisations choosing to screen the event to groups of colleagues, creating a shared learning environment.  There was a high level of participation from all attendees, with submission of some discussion-generating questions such as ‘have the introduction of e-cigarettes helped to combat the bad effects of smoking?’

Delegates from Legal and General commented: ‘Legal & General Bristol loved it!’; ‘The webinar provided appropriate and useful information that will assist in risk assessment.’

Business Development Manager, Clare Sinclair, said: “Cardiff University has a track record in delivering award winning and innovative professional development.  Offering the suite of Medical Risk Webinars is a natural progression for us.  The webinar enables the delivery of a concise learning experience and gives maximum impact while causing minimal disturbance to the working day.”

To keep up-to-date with future webinars and events follow us on Twitter, @CardiffUniCPD, or visit our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/train

The Ideas of War, 1914 by Professor Sir Hew Strachan

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This lecture will address how World War I became driven by ideologies very quickly after its outbreak despite the commonalities of culture and even religion in Europe before it.

Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning is pleased to welcome Professor Sir Hew Strachan (All Souls College, University of Oxford) to deliver this lecture which is part of an exciting series from the Exploring the Past FREE Lecture series offered in collaboration with the Historical Association.

Professor Sir Hew Strachan is Chichele professor of the history of war at Oxford University, director of its Changing Character of War programme, and author of The Politics of the British Army.

Advance booking for the Public Lecture is not essential and last minute attendees are most welcome. However if you definitely intend to come to one or more of the lectures, it would be most useful if you could register via our “Book now” facility or by clicking the link below:

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To find out more about part time courses visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or call 029 2087 0000

To find out more about Pathways to undergraduate degrees visit

Learn more about our other Exploring the Past talks here:

New Hanban tutors arrive in Cardiff University

Cardiff Confucius Institute was delighted to welcome four new Chinese tutors from Hanban on 25 February 2014. The four new tutors will be based in three of Cardiff Confucius Institutes Confucius Classrooms –  St Cenydd Comprehensive in Caerphilly, Cathays High School and Lansdowne Road Primary School in Cardiff.

The tutors will be hosted by Cardiff Confucius Institute for two years and in that time will deliver Mandarin and Chinese culture classes throughout schools in Wales, as well as working within the Lifelong Learning Centre at Cardiff University to provide Language tuition to adult learners and undergraduates.

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The four new tutors are (left to right) Yuchuan Liu, Weili Wang, Jing Liu and Qi Ying

7th Wales China Schools Forum at Christ College, Brecon

On 10 February 2014 Cardiff and Lampeter Confucius Institutes hosted the Wales China Schools forum at Christ College in Brecon. The Forum was preceded by a training day for all Chinese speaking tutors and classroom assistants from Hanban, the British Council and local tutors.

27 Chinese tutors took part in the training which was provided by Eluned Davies-Scott from Cathays High School in Cardiff, and Lucy Huws from Ysgol Penglais in Aberystwyth, both of which are Confucius Classrooms.

Fanzhi Yang, one of the tutors from Cardiff Confucius Institute said, ‘We really value being able to come together as a group and share our experiences. Eluned and Lucy are very experienced and are full of good ideas which help us to plan practical lessons for pupils.’

Lucy and Eluned focussed on classroom management techniques, creating effective lessons, meeting ESTYN criteria and methods for teaching Mandarin across the curriculum.

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[Lucy Huws delivers a session about teaching Mandarin across the curriculum]

The Wales China Schools forum was pleased to be able to welcome Macmillan China, a well established educational publishing group who now provide training for teachers of Mandarin, and have delivered workshops in collaboration with Confucius Institutes in Manchester, Warwick and Leeds.  At our forum, Dede Wilson, the trainer delivered three sessions which covered speaking and listening activities, teaching methodologies and ideas for engaging Chinese learners in the classroom

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[The Wales China Schools Forum 10 February 2014]

2014 is the perfect year to reflect on Cardiff’s proud sporting history – New Course

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Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning is launching a new course this spring.  Coinciding with Cardiff being named as European Capital of Sport, Cardiff’s Sporting History will be delivered by leading sports historian Dr Andrew Hignell. The author of over two dozen sporting books and currently the 1st XI scorer and archivist for Glamorgan CCC, Dr Hignell will bring to the class his passion for Welsh sporting legends while providing a passionate introduction to Cardiff’s rich and proud sporting heritage.

One of the sessions will be held at the CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket at the SWALEC Stadium, but this course does not just concentrate on cricket.  A variety of sports, teams and Welsh sporting legends will be discussed, as well as tracing the evolution of rugby and football, plus the creation of the Cardiff Arms Park and its modern metamorphosis into the Millennium Stadium and a barometer of national pride.

“With Cardiff being the 2014 European Capital of Sport, this year is a highly appropriate time to look back on the achievements of the men and women who have played such an important role in the sporting history of our great city, “ said Dr. Hignell. “ Without the efforts of so many people, plus the support of businesses and landowners alike, the sporting landscape of Cardiff would be very different.”

The 10 week course will begin on Thursday 1st May from 7.00pm to 9.00pm at Centre for Lifelong Learning, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff.

Cardiff Confucius Institute celebrates the Launch of Aberconwy Confucius Classroom

Friday 24 January 2014 saw the official opening by Head Teacher, David Wylde, of the Confucius classroom at Ysgol Aberconwy.

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The Confucius Classroom launch celebration was attended by Cllr Sam Cotton, Mayor of Conwy and MP Guto Bebb, with representatives from the Welsh Government, the British Council and Cardiff Confucius Institute also in attendance.

The launch included musical performances, dance and a poetry reading from pupils at Aberconwy High School.  Following a Chinese lunch, guests were given a tour of the brightly coloured dedicated Confucius Classroom and were able to interact with pupils who were attending one of the many Mandarin lunchtime clubs.

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Mrs Ann Bradshaw, Deputy Head with responsibility for the Confucius Classroom said,

‘Today’s launch reflects the hard work of our teachers and tutors at Ysgol Aberconwy and we are delighted to have been awarded Confucius Classroom status. We have already seen the benefit of delivering Chinese activities within our school and other local schools and we look forward to being able to develop these activities further.’

A New Year, New Choices, new Pathways, a new you!

It’s 2014 and New Year resolutions are in full swing. Will 2014 be the year you choose to enhance your employability? Take a new Pathway? Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning is busy planning part-time courses to help maximise your potential for 2014 and broaden your horizons.

Choices is Cardiff University’s programme of part-time courses for the general public, offering a variety of subjects so your study can reflect who you are. Whether you want to explore the past, learn a new language, or expand your love of arts and creative writing, we have the perfect course for you to achieve your ambitions. Courses are open to all adults and you don’t need qualifications, so don’t worry if it’s been a while since you studied.

Interested in developing your education even further? The Centre for Lifelong Learning’s Pathways for Progression enables adult learners to access undergraduate degrees at Cardiff University. These are specifically designed for people with all sorts of backgrounds and help students to realise their ambition of studying for a degree in their chosen fields. Cardiff University welcomes applications from students with life experience and who may have been away from formal education for several years.

Here are some comments from our students:

“The Computer Forensics course has allowed me to consider career opportunities that I would not have normally considered. The courses provide the opportunity to explore subjects in a friendly and interactive environment, and offer a great chance to meet people with similar interest.” – Stephen, Computer Forensics Investigation and Response, Computer Studies student

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“My knowledge of my chosen subject has increased a huge amount. I’ve met inspiring lecturers and interesting new people. I’ve found confidence in my learning abilities and I’m proud of the work I’ve put in. I knew I had it in me, and I’m delighted that thanks to these courses I’ve been able to prove it!” Alex- Exploring the Past Pathway student

So spend a little time this January on you this New Year and plan the new you!  For more information visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or call 029 2087 0000 and request a copy of the CHOICES prospectus.

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Music in the community award 2014

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Congratulations to one of last year’s winners Cyril Jones who is pictured here celebrating his success with Dr Nick Jones at our Award Ceremony in March.

Nominations are invited for the Leonard and Marian Jones Music in the Community Award. This award is given to an individual or individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the links between any aspect of music and the community, in and around the South Wales region.

The prize carries an award value of £250. Please send in your nominations to Dr Nick Jones – jonesn3@cardiff.ac.uk. The nomination must be made by an individual or an individual representing a group. Please include the name and contact details of the nominee and state, in no more than 500 words, the reasons why you have nominated this person. This supporting statement must clearly outline the ways in which the nominee has made an outstanding contribution to the links between music and the community, particularly with regard to the impact that the nominee and their project has made on the community, and the long-term sustainability of the project.

The winner(s) will be announced in February 2014 and the award will be presented at the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning’s annual Awards Ceremony in March 2014.

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