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Office for Chinese Language Overseas Popularization




The major responsibilities of the Office for International Chinese Learning include promotion of Chinese language learning overseas and provision of services for the Confucius Institutes. Dedicated to coordinating the entire university’s Chinese language educational resources, the Office places a premium on teaching Chinese language and culture to domestic and international Chinese learners and supplying training to students and scholars who determine to devote themselves to teaching Chinese language. The Office is also responsible for the Confucius Institute related affairs of BNU.

The Confucius Institute, not a university in the usual sense, is an education and cultural exchange institute to promote Chinese language and culture; it also serves as a non-profit public service institute. The most important task of the Confucius Institute is to supply Chinese language learners from all over the world with standardized, authoritative and modern Chinese language learning materials. Confucius, a great figure in traditional Chinese culture, is a symbol of the renaissance of traditional Chinese culture and is thus chosen as a brand for Chinese education. In order to promote Chinese language and culture, the Chinese government in 1987 established Hanban(Confucius Institute Headquarters) to administer the Confucius Institutes. Inheriting the ideas that “harmony is valuable” and “striving for harmony but not sameness,” the Confucius Institute boosts exchange and integration of Chinese culture with world cultures and aims to establish a harmonious world with lasting peace and common prosperity.

Currently BNU has established Confucius Institutes at five universities in four countries: the Confucius Institute at the University of Oklahoma (OUCI) and the Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University in the United States; the Confucius Institute at the University of Manchester, UK; the Confucius Institute in Quebec, Canada; and the Confucius Institute for Innovation and Learning at Aalborg University, Denmark.





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