Learn Mandarin!

Cardiff Confucius institute is pleased to be able to offer:

  • Afterschool and lunchtime Mandarin Clubs
  • China weeks –  to celebrate Chinese Language and Culture
  • China Days – a day of cultural activities and Mandarin language taster sessions
  • Welsh Baccalaureate weeks
  • Regular in-curriculum Mandarin sessions

Our experienced Chinese Language Tutors provide lively and engaging Mandarin language and cultural activities throughout Primary and Secondary schools in Wales at competitive rates.

The Essential Marketing Toolkit

This suite of bite-size workshops has been designed specifically for our Summer Series. It consists of six two-hour sessions, each inter-connected but also designed to stand alone.

All of the workshops will provide an interactive environment in which to learn practical tools that can be easily applied back in the workplace.

These workshops are ideal bite-size learning for those already involved in marketing or those seeking a taster of the marketing world.

Why not take advantage of our special promotional offer of a 10% discount when booking two or more workshops. *


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A Warm Welsh Welcome to Professor Li Dan

Li DanCardiff University Confucius Institute is pleased to welcome Professor Li Dan, from the International Politics Department at Xiamen University. Li Dan joins the existing team at the Confucius Institute as the Academic director.

Since its launch in 2008, Cardiff Confucius Institute has delivered a wide range of Chinese language and teaching programmes to adult learners through the choices programme at Cardiff University and has also delivered a wide variety of cultural activities for adults and school pupils.

Professor Li commented “I am honoured and very excited about coming to Cardiff to lead the Confucius Institute to provide courses in Chinese language and culture to members of the community, public and private sector organisations and university staff and students. The Confucius Institute acts as a focus for those involved in China-related research and teaching and in the past few years, our CI has achieved great progress in promoting Chinese language and culture. As well as this existing work, I look forward to focusing on academic exchange programmes, the international conference grant, PhD in China Fellowship, Joint PhD Fellowship, and the visiting scholar in China Programme.”

Cardiff Confucius Institute will offer new Chinese summer courses in June and July this year through the LEARN summer programme. Autumn part-time courses for adults will be advertised from July. For more information visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/confucius-institute

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.



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.


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.


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.



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.


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


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:


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

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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.


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.


[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


[The Wales China Schools Forum 10 February 2014]

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

CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket - cropped

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.