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15 years of Cardiff Confucius Institute

11 August 2023

5 CCI tutors hands held raise to the audience
From left to right: Xueting Lei, Shiyi Deng, Modi Zhu, Mengjiao Yang and Ling He performing the dance Serenade of Peaceful Joy

On the 5 July Cardiff Confucius Institute celebrated 15 years of a fruitful partnership with Xiamen University, Welsh Government, Welsh primary and secondary schools, and local partners. A short video celebrating 15 years premiered on that evening can be seen here.

The highlight of the evening was a film competition organised for school children across Wales who were asked to create a short video for a visiting Chinese exchange student to introduce them to Wales.

Two students comparing Chinese and Welsh Culture
Winners of the Years 10-13 category for Wales Schools Film Competition Lily Jones (left) and Mira Urbat (right)

Teachers and pupils from Welsh partner schools, representatives from the Centre for Language Education and Cooperation in London, Confucius Institutes from England, as well as colleagues past and present, enjoyed the artistic performances given by the talented tutors of the Cardiff Confucius Institute.

Three tutors performing on the Pipa
From left to right: We Fei Liu, Modi Zhu and Jing Liu playing the Pipa

Professor Rudolf Allemann, Pro Vice Chancellor International and Student Recruitment and Head of the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering at Cardiff University, and Chair of Cardiff Confucius Institute’s Board said: “This long-standing partnership with Xiamen University has grown into an important platform serving both universities and both cities and promoting people-to-people exchanges between China and the UK.”

Dr Catherine Chabert, Reader at the School of Modern Languages, and Executive Director of Cardiff Confucius Institute, said: “It is pleasing to see that across our three areas of priority, teaching in Welsh schools, working with Cardiff University students, and delivering community-based cultural activities, we have now almost returned to pre-pandemic levels. Looking forward, for 2023-24, two school trips are planned to Xiamen, and we are preparing the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the twinning between Cardiff and Xiamen cities.”

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