1. General information
The Confucius Institute at Cardiff University was set up by Xiamen University in association with Cardiff University, with the support from the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban). The agreement between Hanban and Cardiff University was signed on 2 April 2007, and in April 2012 this agreement was extended for a further 5 years.
The Institute was officially launched on 4 February 2008 by the Secretary of State for Wales, the Rt Hon Paul Murphy MP. The Confucius Suite (three classrooms) was inaugurated on 15 July 2008 by President Zhu Chongshi of Xiamen University.
The Chinese Director Dr Xueyi Zhu is seconded by Xiamen University. Dr Zhu arrived in Cardiff in Spring 2012 as the Institute’s academic director. She is supported by a group of Chinese language tutor, some of who are also seconded by Xiamen University.
2. Organization and management structure
The Confucius Institute at Cardiff University has a Board of Advisors, composed of members of both parties. Members of the British party include Prof. Hywel Thomas, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Cardiff University. School. Members of the Chinese party include Prof. Wu Daguang, Vice President of Xiamen University; Mr. Mao Tongwen, Director of International Office of Xiamen University, and Dr Zhu Xueyi, Academic Director of the Cardiff Confucius Institute.
3. Teaching and other activities
Based at Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning, the Confucius Institute offers a wide range of language courses and programmes for adult learners. These include: Chinese Language Level I – IV, Business Chinese, Survey of Chinese Culture, and Essential Chinese as a Free Standing Module for undergraduates of Cardiff University. In order to meet the needs of local business people and professionals, the Confucius Institute also runs short courses and training sessions.
For primary and secondary school pupils in Wales, the Institute runs free taster sessions of Chinese language and culture, and assists in organizing after-school clubs, Chinese language programmes in curriculum, WJEC QCF Qualifications and YCT Chinese Language proficiency testing as well as Welsh Baccalaureate programmes in secondary schools and China week programmes in primary schools. Its’ Wales China Schools’ initiative – developed in partnership with Lampeter Confucius Institute and in collaboration with the Welsh Government, the British Council Wales, and CILT Cymru – develops Chinese language teaching programmes for schools across Wales.
The Institute has also undertaken to organize culture activities, including running Saturday Schools focusing on different aspects of Chinese culture, giving talks to local organizations and organizing culture events.
4. Development objectives and plans
The Cardiff Confucius Institute aims to become an outstanding promoter and provider of Chinese language and culture in Wales.
To accomplish this mission, the Institute will make efforts to:
- provide high-quality teaching programmes at different levels
- be a resource for Chinese language and culture
- build strong relationships with key organizations at provincial /municipal levels and local community
- develop the expertise of the staff of the Confucius Institute
- manage the institute effectively.