Although China has fascinated Europeans for centuries, we still know little about it, and Chinese language and culture still seem distant and exotic to usIn order to break the stereotypes and bring the language and culture of China closer to everyone, the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) has decided to establish the network of public benefit institutions named after the great Chinese sage, the Confucius Institutes.
The main aim of the Institutes is to popularize the Chinese language and Chinese culture, both among local schools and the whole community of a given region. The Confucius Institutes organize language courses and cultural workshops conducted by qualified staff delegated by Hanban, as well as lectures, scientific seminars and trainings for the Chinese language teachers. They are also responsible for the organization of the Chinese language proficiency tests (HSK, BCT, YCT) and awarding Confucius Institute Scholarships. The CIs are also responsible for promoting Chinese art by organizing exhibitions, film screenings and talks.
The first such unit was established in Seoul on 21 November 2004. Since then, branches of the Confucius Institute have been established at universities around the world.
As the Confucius Institute at the University of Gdańsk, since September 2015, we have been organising language courses and cultural workshops conducted by well qualified staff. We are also responsible for organizing certified Chinese proficiency tests (HSK, BCT, YCT) and awarding Confucius Institute Scholarships.
Currently, several public and private primary and secondary schools in Tri-City are benefiting from the offer of our Institute. Moreover, we constantly cooperate with the Department of Social Development of the City Hall of Gdańsk.
Dr Magdalena Łągiewska
Prof. Wu Lan