Welcome to the Confucius Institute
The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury is part of the global CI network jointly established by Hanban (Beijing), the University of Canterbury (Christchurch) and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan).
It was officially launched by the Chinese Vice-Premier, Li Keqiang, on 1 November 2009, the second Confucius Institute to be established in New Zealand and the first in the South Island. As Vice-Premier Li Keqiang noted, it is another achievement in the cultural and educational exchange between China and New Zealand.
Confucius Institute Day
The first Confucius Institute came into being in 2004.Today there are 440 Confucius Institutes all over the world. The 27th September 2014 will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute global network.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury is hosting a series celebration in the South Island of New Zealand.
2016 Chinese Cultural Immersion Camp
NZ high school students will have the opportunity to travel to China in March 2016. Students are expected to cover the cost of their airfare, insurance and application fee but all expenses in China will be covered by Hanban.
Burwood School chinese dance
Professor Manying Ip from Auckland University will give a talk on on 'The Chinese in Bicultural New Zealand'. The lecture will be held on 11.00am Thursday 27 July in Room LAW411 (Law Building at the University of Canterbury Ilam campus). All are welcome.
Chinese Language Courses
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced classes will commence in the week of Monday 24 July 2017 for term three of next year. These classes are a fun and relaxed way to improve your fluency in Chinese.
Please note: registrations for Chinese Beginners 1 have now closed.
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2018 Mandrin Language Assistant Programme
Applications are now open for the 2018 Mandarin Language Assistant Programme. If your school wishes to have an MLA in 2018, please fill out the application form.
2018 Principals' Delegation to China
Applications are now open for the 2018 Principals' Delegation to China. Please refer to the documents below:
2017 Chinese Calligraphy Competion
The 2017 Chinese Calligraphy competition is now open and submissions are being accepted. For more information, see the documents below:
Chinese Culture on the Road
The Confucius Institute is offering a new programme. CIUC can provide Chinese Cultural Activities at schools for students to have first-hand experience of calligraphy, Chinese painting, dumpling making and martial arts. More information (PDF, 254KB)
Chinese Calligraphy Classes Held on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Calligraphy courses are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 - 2pm. New students may begin at any time.This course is free, but advance registration is required.
HSK, YCT and BCT are Chinese language proficiency tests which provide evidence of a speaker's knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. For more information including the dates of upcoming exams, open the information sheet below.
Confucius Institute Scholarships
Confucius Institute Scholarships are provided by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (also known as Hanban) to sponsor international students, scholars and Chinese language teachers to study Chinese language and culture in Chinese universities. These scholarships generally cover fees, textbooks and accomodation, as well as a living allowance. Read more.
The Chinese Tea House is open for 2017
The Chinese Tea House is a space where everyone is welcome to come and practise their Chinese language skills with a native speaker and experience a little of Chinese culture. It is held on Tuesdays and Thursday from 12.00 noon - 1.00 pm in room 401 of the Logie Building at the University of Canterbury.
A New Edition of Rewi Alley's Biography is Launched (2 August 2017)
On 2nd of August, the Rewi Alley Biography book launch was held at Christchurch City Council.
CIUC Welcomes New MLAs (17 - 21 July 2017)
Ten new Mandarin Language Assistants arrived from China, and took part in a one-week long orientation.
CIUC Takes Part in the Kidsfest Lantern Parade (6 July 2017)
CIUC sold lanterns to festival participants, which they used in the Lantern Parade from Cathedral Square to the Margaret Mahy Playground.
CIUC Takes Part in the Queenstown Winter Festival Carnival (25 June 2017)
CIUC staff travelled to Queenstown to take part in the 2017 Queenstown Winter Festival, where they promoted Chinese culture.
CIUC Holds a Farewell Dinner for Departing MLAs and a Teacher (23 June 2017)
CIUC staff travelled to Dunedin to attend a farewell dinner for the MLAs and teacher returning to China in July.