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Race Relations Day in Timaru

Dumplings25 March 2017

CIUC staff participated in the Race Relations Day celebration in Timaru, serving dumplings to around 300 people.

CIUC participated in the 2017 Marlborough Multicultural Festival

boy blowing ink on paper plate4 March 2017

CIUC staff travelled to Marlborough to participate in Blenheim's multicultural festival, organising a booth and giving performances.

CIUC participated in the 2017 Lantern Festival in Christchurch

Kezhong Sun performing martial arts19 February 2017

CIUC provided cultural activities such as calligrahy and Chinese knot making that people could try at the 2017 Christchurch Lantern Festival held in Hagley Park..

CIUC Co-organised Oamaru's Celebration of the Lantern Festival

Chinese lion10 February 2017

CIUC participated in the 2017 Oamaru Lantern Festival, providing martial arts instruction and lantern making.

 

New MLAs arrive and attend orientation

Mandarin Language Assistants at a restaurant22 - 27 January 2017

CIUC's new batch of Mandarin Language Assistants have arrived and attended orientation in Christchurch before travelling to the places that they will be teaching.

NZCTA and CIUC jointly hold a workshop

Man talking at workshop25 January 2017

NZCTA held its annual meeting to support people in Christchurch who are interested in trade with China.

Former CIUC Chinese Director Prof Hong Hu receives a civic award

Professor Hong Hu smiling25 November 2016

Prof Hong Hu returned from China to be presented with a civic award from the Christchurch City Council.

 

CIUC held the 2016 Canterbury Chinese Prizegiving

Girl from Merrin school performing a Chinese dance in traditional costume17 November 2016

CIUC held the 2016 Chinese prizegiving for the Canterbury region at St Margaret's College.The ceremony was well attended with over 200 students receiving prizes.

CIUC held a workshop for MLAs in Dunedin

Madlen Kunath7 - 8 October 2016

MLAs from around the South Island travelled to Dunedin to attend a workshop on teaching in New Zealand. Various specialists in language teaching helped them to improve their skills.

Local Libraries in Christchurch Hold Chinese Blossom Painting Activity

Baby trying out blossom painting26 - 27 September 2016

On 26th and 27th September, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury together with Shirley Library and Upper Reccarton Library held a Chinese blossom painting activity.

CIUC opened a Confucius Classroom at South Otago High School

Bryan Cadogan giving a speech19 September 2016

The new Confucius Classroom is the first in its region. It was opened by the mayor of the Clutha District Bryan Cadogan and Consul-General JIN Zhijian.

CIUC celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival

Sam Brosnahan at the festival celebration15 September 2016

A large group of students joined CIUC to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival.

2016 Chinese Immersion Day held in Christchurch

Dancing girls11 September 2016

The NZ Chinese Language Teachers Association and CIUC jointly hosted the 2016 Chinese Immersion Day held at Avonhead School.

CIUC Martial Arts Instructor Kezhong Sun teaches workshops in Dunedin

Kezhong demonstrating Tai Chi8 - 10 August

Kezhong Sun travelled to Dunedin to teach Tai Chi at the Tahuna cluster of schools in Dunedin. The students very much appreciated his instruction.

New MLAs attend orientation in Christchurch

Peng Rui giving a demonstration class13 July 2016

Eight new Mandarin Language Assistants arrived in Christchurch on 13 July 2016 for their orientation. A further three MLAs joined them the next week. The MLAs have dispersed to different parts of the South Island.

CIUC joins the Kidsfest parade

HUANG Xin wearing traditional Chinese clothes9 July 2016

CIUC sold lanterns and dressed in traditional Chinese clothes to take part in the More FM Lantern Parade.

CIUC participates in Queenstown's Winter Festival

Man at Winter Festival3 July 2016

On 3 July, staff from CIUC travelled to Queenstown to participate in the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival.

Eight MLAs are farewelled

Deputy Consul-General LI Xin26 June 2016

On 25th June, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) held a farewell reception for the eight MLAs leaving in July to recognise their hard work in New Zealand schools.

Professor Hong Hu's Farewell

Professor Hong Hu3 May 2016

CIUC held a farewell party for Professor Hong Hu on 3 May. We were very sad to see her leave Christchurch and return to China after all her hard work in New Zealand.

A New Zealand South Island Principals' Delegation has visited China

A principal in Tian Men Square15 April 2016

The NZ South Island Principals’ Delegation to China has completed its eleven days’ tour and returned to New Zealand on 15 April.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury held the New Zealand South Island Finals of the Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Comptition

Girl doing callligraphy2 April 2016

Competitors from around the South Island travelled to Christchurch to participate in the finals of the Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition.

New Confucius Classroom at St Kevin's College in Oamaru

Mayor Gary Kircher22 March 2016

On 22 March, CIUC participated in the opening ceremony for a new Confucius Classroom in St Kevin's College, Oamaru.

 

2016 Lantern Festival

Poto Williams in the CIUC booth28 February 2016

After a one-year gap, the Lantern Festival returned to Christchurch, with CIUC hosting a range of cultural activities in a dedicated booth.

CI FOCUS Lecture

Professor Xiang29 November 2015

Sponsored by CIUC, Prof Zhang Xianglong (Peking University) was invited to deliver the keynote lecture “A Philosophical Explanation of the Confucian Position in Inter-Cultural Dialogue: Finding Ultimate Truth in Non-Universalism”.

MLAs farewelled

WEN Jing28 November 2015

CIUC has farewelled fourteen MLAs who are returning to China. They have lived and taught in New Zealand from February 2015.

CIUC opens three new Confucius Classrooms

Chinese Dragon dancing17 November 2015

CIUC held a Chinese prizegiving in Otago for the first time, during which the plaques were unveiled for three new Confucius Classrooms.

CIUC holds the 2015 Chinese Prizegiving in Christchurch

Girls dancing12 November 2015

CIUC held the 2015 Chinese Prizegiving in Christchurch to celebrate the achievements of Chinese learners in the upper South Island.

Nelson celebrated its first Chinese Language Week

Yu Meng performing Tai Chi12 September 2015

The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) was invited to participate in Nelson’s China Week Community Day, which was the closing event for the week.

New Zealand Chinese Language Week in Canterbury

MP Poto Williams6 September 2015

On 6 September, a Chinese Immersion Day, as part of the New Zealand Chinese Language Week was held at Avonhead School, Christchurch.

University of Canterbury student Bradley Meredith participates in the International Finals of the Fourteenth “Chinese Bridge” Chinese speech competition: World Champion

Bradley Meredith4 August 2015

Bradley Meredith, an Engineering student, won the international finals of the Chinese Bridge Chinese Speech Competition.

Chinese Cultural Exhibition Receives a Warm Welcome in Blenheim, New Zealand

Mandarin Language Assistant in traditional Chinese dress26 July 2015

On 26 July, a number of staff from the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury visited Blenheim. They were invited to attend the annual Multicultural Festival in Blenheim, which was a great opportunity to display Chinese culture in the Marlborough region.

Chinese Culture Holiday Fun in Nelson

MLA runs Nelson holiday programme16 July 2015

Confucius Institute Mandarin Language Assistants helped out at the NZCFS Nelson Branch Holiday Programme for children.

CIUC Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary

Dr Rod Carr giving a speech 26 May 2015

On the evening of 26 May, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury CIUC celebrated the Fifth Anniversary of its establishment.

CIUC hosts the national finals of the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition


The national secondary winner 16 May 2015


The national finals of the Eigth Chinese Bridge Chinese Speech Competition for Secondary School students took place at the University of Canterbury on 16 May and was hosted by CIUC. The top twenty-nine competitors from the regional competitions in the North and South Islands participated.

CIUC has hosted the NZ South Island "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition 2015

Bridge Competition Winner9 May 2015

On 9 May 2015, CIUC held the 8th South Island High School Students’ “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition and the 14th University Students’ “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition at the University of Otago in Dunedin

Consul General JIN Zhijian was Invited to Deliver a Speech
at the University of Canterbury

JIN Zhijian delivering a speech29 April 2015

On 29 April 2015, at the invitation of the Christchurch Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) and the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC), the Hon JIN Zhijian, the Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Christchurch, delivered a speech called ‘Great Opportunities Facing Sino-NZ Relations.’

Students from the South Island Participate in a Cultural Immersion Camp in China

Students taking a class14 April 2015

In April, 56 students and eight teachers visited China for the 2015 Cultural Immersion Summer Camp in China.

The CIUC Principals’ Delegation to China has Returned to New Zealand

Mayoral Delegation to China with NZ principals and students and staff of HUST28 March 2015

The Principals’ delegation consisted of principals and deputy principals from thirteen primary and secondary schools from all around the South Island, and were representative of New Zealand’s educational system

Chinese Cultural Exhibition Receives a Warm Welcome in Blenheim, New Zealand

Girls at Marlborough Girls' High School6 March 2015

On March 6, a number of staff from the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury visited Blenheim.

Chinese Consul General Welcomed New MLAs to CIUC

Westburn Principal welcomes new MLAs28 February 2015

Chinese Consul General Mr JIN Zhijian welcomed the new MLAs at CIUC on 28 February. Mr JIN presented the orientation certificates to the MLAs and delivered a warm welcoming speech.

The Fifth CIUC Resource Centre is officially opened at Tai Poutini Polytechnic

Greymouth Mayor Tony Kokshoorn25 February 2015

On 25 February 2015, the University of Canterbury Confucius Institute Resource Centre (CRC) was officially opened at the Greymouth campus of the Tai Poutini Polytechnic.

Deputy Consul-General LI Xin celebrated the Chinese New Year with CIUC Staff

Spring Festival in New Zealand18 February 2015

On the 18th of February, Chinese Lunar New Year’s Eve, Deputy Consul-General of the People's Republic of China in Christchurch LI Xin visited the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury and sent greetings to all CIUC staff and their family members for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year.

CIUC held the 2014 Chinese Prizegiving for the South Island

Elizabeth Wilson of Columba College 21 November 2014

On November 21st, the 2014 Annual Chinese Prizegiving of South Island New Zealand was held at University of Canterbury.

Visions of Peace: The Long Journey of Friendship between China and New Zealand

Dr Richard Bullen speaks at the launch20 November 2014

The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury Formally Launched the Book Visions of Peace and Accompanying Exhibition.

Chinese Vice Minister of Education HAO Ping Visited CIUC

Vice Minister of Education HAO Ping19 November 2014

On November 19, the Chinese Vice Minister of Education and accompanying delegation visited the University of Canterbury, and also paid a visit to CIUC, donating books and scholarships.

Chinese Consul General Hon JIN Zhijian visited CIUC

Consul General JIN Zhijian with CIUC Director Adam Lam10 November 2014

The new Chinese Consul General to Christchurch the Hon JIN Zhijian visited CIUC to see the institute for himself and to encourage the staff in their work.

CIUC Participated in the 2014 South Canterbury International Festival

Children at the South Canterbury International Festival2 November 2014

CIUC organised a Chinese Exhibition Room at the South Canterbury International Festival held at Aoraki Polytechnic, Timaru.

The Fifth CIUC Teachers Workshop for 2014 was Successfully Held

Christine Ward giving a seminar1 October 2014

CIUC has held the fifth teacher's workshop for 2014 at the University of Canterbury for Mandarin Language teachers from around the South Island. The guest speaker was Christine Ward, who specialises in 'brainfriendly' teaching methods.

The 1st Chinese Culture Immersion Camp in Christchurch NZ
was well received

Chinese camp student17 August 2014

On Sunday 17 August, the Confucius Institute at University of Canterbury (CIUC) together with the New Zealand Chinese Language Association Canterbury and Rewi Alley Chinese School held the first Chinese Culture Immersion Camp in Christchurch.

The CIUC Principals' Delegation to China and the Cultural Camp for studeKevin Grounds with students in Chinants return to New Zealand

1 May 2014

Nine school principals and 48 students return to New Zealand after spending time in China. They found the time in China rewarding and exhilirating.

CIUC has held the preliminary rounds of the Chinese Bridge Speech Competition

Veatrix Vidallon with her certificate3 March 2014

On Saturday 29 March, the annual Chinese Bridge Speech Competition South Island Regional Finals were held at Columba College’s Confucius Classroom in Dunedin.

CIUC took part in this year’s Lantern Festival

A girl enjoys the lantern festival face painting22 February 2014

The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) was an important contributor to 2014's lantern festival, held at Hagley Park in Christchurch, NZ.

The 2013 Chinese Prizegiving Has Been Held by CIUC

Madam Chu awards a prize26 November 2013

CIUC has held a prizegiving to celebrate the acheivements of Chinese learners in the South Island.

 

CIUC Hosts the 8th Chinese Film Festival in New Zealand

The 8th Chinese Film Festival10 November 2013

CIUC together with the Chinese Consulate-General in Christchurch co-organised the 8th Chinese Film Festival.

 

CIUC Officially Opens a Resource Centre at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

The NMIT CIUC Resource Centre is opened7 November 2013

CIUC Officially Opens a Resource Centre at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, the opening was presided at by the Chief Executive of NMIT Tony Gary. He said that the establishment of CRC will be recorded as an important part of the institute’s history.

CIUC Organised the Chinese Culture Exhibition at the 4th South Canterbury International Festival

Ali Plunket in Chinese costume3 November 2013

On 3 November 2013, the 4th South Canterbury International Festival was held at Aoraki Polytechnic, Timaru. This year had the highest number of countries represented at the festival including China. The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury, due to its excellent display last year.

CIUC Resource Centre at SIT Formally Opened

Riki Cherrington9 October 2013

On 9 October 2013, the University of Canterbury Confucius Institute Resource Centre (CIUC Resource Centre at SIT) was officially opened at the Southern Institute of Technology

Professor Ouyang, Vice-President of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Gives a Lecture at the University of Canterbury

Professor Ouyang Kang gives a lecture7 October 2013

Professor Ouyang Kang gave a Confucius Institute Forum of Cultural Understanding Series Lecture (CI FOCUS) on "Chinese Values and Its World Meaning"

CIUC has held a Series of Events to Celebrate Moon Festival

Girl playing Chinese instrument20 - 23 September 2013

This year CIUC has a held a series of events to celebrate Mid-Autumn festival with the aim of enriching New Zealanders understanding of Chinese culture,  alongside its important task of  developing the teaching and learning of Chinese in the South Island

CIUC Holds the Third Teachers' Workshop for 2013

Teachers' Workshop 14 September 2013

On the 14 of September, CIUC together with International Languages Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP) organized the 2013 third term Chinese teachers’ workshop.

A New Zealand Contestant has Won Second Prize in the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Language Proficiency Competition

Cheng Yun and Kana DeguchiJuly 2013

Kana Deguchi, a Chinese language student from the University of Canterbury, has given an outstanding performance in the world final of the twelfth “Chinese Bridge” competition held in Beijing, China.

CIUC's Xingyuan Chu is Given 'Outstanding Performance Award for 2012'

Xingyuan CHU (Nancy)4 July 2013

Xingyuan (Nancy) Chu of the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury has been given the top award for MLAs in Oceania.

CIUC hosts a Chinese Language Teachers' Workshop for Term 2 of 2013

Teacher lecturing8 June 2013

CIUC hosted the second workshop this year for Chinese language teachers in the South Island at the University of Canterbury.

Peter Chin Gives a Guest Lecture on the Importance of Sister Cities in China to New Zealand

Peter Chin24 May 2013

On May 24, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) hosted a CI Forum for Cultural Understanding Series (CI FOCUS) lecture. The guest speaker was Peter Chin, former mayor of Dunedin City and his topic was “The Importance of Sister Cities in China to New Zealand”.

CIUC Hosts an Exhibition of Traditional Chinese Painting

NZCFS Exhibition24 May 2013.

The New Zealand China Friendship Society held their national conference at the University of Canterbury. At the same time, CIUC hosted an exhibition of traditional Chinese painting.

CIUC Launches Three New Confucius Classrooms

Student with Dancer 10 May 2013.

CIUC celebrated the establishment of three new Confucius Classrooms at Christchurch Schools at a gala event held at the theatre at Middleton Grange School. The gala included a performance by the Wulin Hanyun Performance troupe that was truly spectacular.

St Thomas students go to China for a Cultural Exchange Camp

St Thomas Boys in China On 20 April, 19 students and five adults from St Thomas of Canterbury College left New Zealand for China.

The aim of the trip was to give the boys real experiences of China. The boys visited Xi'an, Wuhan and Beijing.

A Delegation of School Principals from the South Island of New Zealand Visit China

Principals standing on the Great WallThe first NZ South Island Principals’ Delegation to China has completed its ten day tour and returned to New Zealand on 15 April. The principals appreciated the opportunity to understand China and its people better and have made contacts that will benefit them in the long term.

CIUC hosts the Chinese Bridge Competition

The competitors at the Chinese Bridge Competition(6 April 2013) On Saturday morning 6 April 2013, the 12th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students and the 6th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students was held at the University of Canterbury

The Hon. Judith Collins opens the Discovery Programme

A delegation to China from NZ (23 March 2013) The Discovery Programme of the NZ China Friendship Society aims to improve the present day relationship between the peoples of China and New Zealand by exploring the history of exchanges between the two countries.

CIUC Lights Up Canterbury's Lantern Festival Again

Dragon dance (2 - 3 March 2013)

CIUC's exhibit at the Lantern Festival attracts a lot of interest.

CIUC participates in Canterbury's Festival of Flowers

Burwood girls doing a Chinese dance (16 February 2013) The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury's display was well received at the Festival of Flowers in Canterbury.

The Third NZ Chinese Calligraphy Competition 2012

Thank you for the many entries. The results are available below.

Calligraphy Booklet (PDF, 6.51MB)

Orientation Week for New CIUC Volunteer Teachers

The new volunteer teachers The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) and the Consulate General of the PRC in Christchurch jointly provided a week long orientation for newly arrived Chinese teachers and Mandarin Language Assistants (MLA) from China on 22 – 26 January 2013.

CIUC Students Meet Dr Liu Yandong

Dr Liu Yandong
On 9 December 2012, a State Councillor of P R China, Her Excellency Dr Liu Yandong, paid an official visit to New Zealand. A group of 11 students who learned Chinese in the past year at Lincoln High School, Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti and the University of Canterbury were invited by Hanban, the Headquarters of the Confucius Institutes, to meet her Excellency at Auckland University.

 

Calligraphy Prizegiving at CPIT

Madam Tan presents an award to a student On the evening of 3 December 2012, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC), the New Zealand China Friendship Society (NZCFS) Christchurch Branch and the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) jointly held a prizegiving ceremony at the CPIT.

CI at the South Canterbury Cultural Festival

People in various traditional clothing On the 28th of October 2012, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury participated in Timaru's South Canterbury International Festival.

Mr Zhang Defang demonstrated calligraphy at the CIUC
Mr Zhang Defang


On the second of October 2012, Mr Zhang Defang, at the invitation of the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC), gave an outstanding demonstration of traditional Chinese calligraphy to staff and students of CIUC, as well as to members of the general public who have an interest in calligraphy.

CI and the New Zealand China Friendship Society co-hosted a combined celebration of Chinese National Day and the Moon Festival

Madam Tan delivering a speechOn 30 September 2012, the Confucius Institute of the University of Canterbury (CIUC) and the New Zealand China Friendship Society (NZCFS) co-hosted an event to celebrate Chinese National Day and the Moon Festival at the North and South Restaurant, Addington, Christchurch.

Seminar on Confucian Analects held at CIUC

Dr Li Licheng of Beijing Language and Culture University and Dr Song Zhifang of the University of Canterbury gave a seminar on the Analects at CIUC.

A New Confucius Classroom opens at Lincoln High School

Photo of Amy Adams and Madame Tan opening the classroom

Chinese Consul-General to Christchurch Madame Tan and the Hon. Amy Adams opened a new Confucius Classroom at Lincoln High School. This is the second Confucius Classroom in the South Island.

A Series of Chinese Teachers Workshops have been held at CIUC

Teachers listening to Dr Wang YuDr Wang Yu, National Chinese Language Advisor for New Zealand, taught a workshop on the topic "Intercultural Communicative Language Teaching."

Visit by Shaanxi Provincial Delegation to the Confucius Institute

Shaanxi DelegationA delegation headed by His Excellency Mr Zhao Leji, Chairman of the Standing Committee of Shaanxi Provincial People's Congress, visited the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury on 6 August 2012.

Six Local Schools Received Book Donations from the Confucius Institute Headquarters (3 July 2012)

CI director with Linwood College PrincipalOn 3 July 2012, Confucius Institute Director Dr Adam Lam gave six local schools more than 3000 teaching resources on behalf of the Confucius Institute Headquarters.

Opening of the first Confucius Classroom in the South Island of New Zealand (2 July 2012)

Confucius Classroom at Columba College On 29 June 2012, the first Confucius Classroom established by CIUC in the South Island of New Zealand was officially opened at Columba College in Dunedin.

Successful Joint Conference of Asia-Oceania Confucius Institutes held in Bangkok (29 June 2012)

Small photo of conference participants CI DirectorsDr Adam Lam and Prof Hong Hu recently attended the 2012 Joint Conference of Asia-Oceania Confucius Institutes which was organized by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and held at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok from 24 -26 June 2012. Read more

Four NZ Winners Will Compete at the "Chinese Bridge"International Final in China (28 May, 2012)Bridge Competiong

The New Zealand national final “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Speech Competition was successfully held at the University of Canterbury on Saturday May 26, 2012.
The top four students will represent New Zealand to compete with other contestants from all over the world in July 2012. Read more

South Island “Chinese Bridge” Preliminary Competition Successfully Held (7 May 2012)

The Confucius Institute at University of Canterbury (CIUC) hosted the annual Chinese Bridge Competition for students from the South Island of New Zealand on Saturday May 5, 2012.  Read More

CIUC Resource Centre Opens at CPIT (15 March, 2012)

CPIT R C OpeningMore than 50 representatives from all circles of life in Christchurch including Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker and Chinese Consul-General Tan Xiutian attended the opening ceremony. Read More

"Knowledge of Chinese" A seminar series for Chinese teachers (28 March 2012)

To provide a better understanding of the language spoken by one fifth of the world population, the series was suitable for a wide audience including current Chinese language teachers, people who wish to become Chinese language teachers and advanced students. Read Seminar Report

Successful Debut of CIUC at 2012 Nelson Multicultural Festival (14 March 2012)

Nelson 2012/5 The annual Nelson Multicultural Festival with the theme of Race Unity Day was held in Victoria Park on 11 March 2012. The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) had been invited to this special event by the organizers the previous year when CIUC organized a Chinese Culture Day at the local high school.

CIUC 2012 Spring Festival Gala in New Zealand (3 - 12 Feb 2012)

At the beginning of the dragon’s year, the students performance troupe from Huazhong University of Science and Techology (HUST) presented a series of southern-China-styled performances to the public in Christchurch, NZ. Read more

Chinese Theme Market Day at Riccarton House, Christchurch (18 October 2011)

The Confucius Institute was a highlight at the Chinese Theme Market Day at Riccarton House last Sunday, 16 October, 2011.The Chinese calligraphy demonstrations were a major attraction for local residents who were excited at receiving their Chinese names which were carefully chosen according to the pronunciation or meaning of their English names.  Read more

The Second Chinese Character Calligraphy Competition (October 2011)

On October 14, 2011, an Award Ceremony for the Second Chinese Character Calligraphy Competition was held by the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) in CIUC’s Seminar Room. The competition was divided into categories: hard-pen calligraphy and brush-pen calligraphy. Read more

The Second Christchurch Chinese Teachers meeting Successfully Held at CIUC

(31 August 2011)
The seminar was co-hosted by CIUC and NZALT Christchurch branch participated by 14 local Chinese teachers. Discussions include: Chinese culture immersion for NZ students, Chinese teachers training and benchmarking research of the HSK and NCEA. Read more

Chinese Culture Day in Nelson (6 July 2011)

On On July 6, 2011, a Chinese Culture Day along side with a Chinese Book Corner Opening was celebrated at Nayland College in Nelson, New Zealand. Present at the function were Mr Wang Shenggang, Education Counsellor from the Chinese Embassy, Mr Li Yucai, Education Counsellor from the Chinese Counsel General in Christchurch.

Taichi Class will continue on campus of University of Canterbury till the end of 2011

The Tai chi class is still taking place at 4—4:30pm outside of Music Building every week day with the supervision of the CI staff and the involvement of more UC staff and students.

2011 Chinese Language Proficiency Test (HSK)

Enrolment is now open for the Chinese Language Proficiency Tests, which take place on Sunday 23rd October 2011 at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT).

“Chinese Bridge” 2011 Preliminary Competition held in New Zealand

Dozens of students from all over New Zealand’s schools and universities joined in the competition. The“Chinese Bridge” is extending all the time on the South Island of New Zealand.

Success of Chinese Teaching Promotion by CIUC Shown in Dunedin (April 2011)

An initial Chinese Speech Competition for the forthcoming Fourth New Zealand “Chinese Bridge” Speech Competition was held on 9th of April in Columba College, Dunedin.

Great Wall Chinese Online Course Building Up Chinese Teaching Platform for Schools in Post-Quake Christchurch (March 2011)

22 February 2011was the darkest day for people in Christchurch with the 6.3 magnitude earthquake.  Within 24 hours Hanban released 10 sets of accounts to the Great Wall Chinese, an advanced online course for people to teach and learn Chinese. CIUC organized a Great Wall Chinese workshop in Lincoln High School. CIUC staff introduced the Great Wall Chinese Course to the local teachers and trained them into using it.

Calligrahpy Competition hosted by Confucius Institute( Nov. 2010)

Confucius Institute has organized a calligraphy class in the Students Union and a calligraphy competition at the end of the school year. After a careful judgement, three levels of prizes were given to the winners of each group by the Confucius Institute.

Taichi Class started on campus of University of Canterbury(2010)

The Tai chi class takes place at 4:30—5:30 every week day since the beginning of October with the supervision of the CI staff and the involvement of quite a lot of UC staff and students.

UC Represents NZ Tertiary Institutes at the East Asian Summit's Higher Education Cooperation Forum (October 2010)

Prof Weaver and Dr Lam were the only New Zealand representatives among over one hundred delegates from fifteen out of the sixteen member countries of the East Asian Summit (EAS).

A Warming and Poetic 2010 Moon Festival

The poetry reading to celebrate the Moon Festival Celebration was hold at the University of Canterbury on 24 September 2010.

Director of CI interviewed by the reporter of Southern Base of Chinese Language Promotion

During the 2nd Executive Workshops in Xiamen for Confucius Institute Directors, Adam Lam, Director of Confucius Institute at University of Canterbury, was interview and talked about the development of CI and its cross culture promotion of Chinese language teaching.

CI FOCUS Lecture "Dialogue between the Eastern and Western Cultures"

Mr Zhang Limin, Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand presented the inaugural lecture in the Forum of Cultural Understanding Series (CI FOCUS) by the Confucius Institute, at University of Canterbury on Monday 12 July 2010. To listen to the soundbyte, click on title above.

Li Yajun Watercolour Painting Exhibition(3 July 2010)

A opening ceremony for this wonderful exhibition was held at the Christchurch Arts Centre on 3 July. The exhibition will close on 8 July.

Confucius Institute opens at UC (May 2010)

With the sounds of traditional Chinese instruments filling the air, the official launch of UC's Confucius Institute was celebrated in style on 27 May 2010.

"Chinese Bridge" Speech Competition ( May 2010)

Confucius Institute at University of Canterbury Hosted the 2010 “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition on the South Island of New Zealand

UC hosts world's newest Confucius Institute (May 2010)

An agreement establishing a Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury has been signed in the presence of the First Vice- Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, His Excellency Mr Li Keqiang.

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