A Gateway to China: The Work of the Confucius Institutes

A Gateway to China: The Work of the Confucius Institutes

14 Mar 2017, 11:30 - 12:30

Dark Room


There are around 30 Confucius Institutes at universities in the UK. They are non-profit collaborations established to promote Chinese language and culture. This seminar explores the work of the Institutes and the opportunity they provide to increase our understanding of Chinese society and culture. The panel will be drawn from Confucius Institutes old and new to present the full range of activities and possibilities.

At Oxford Brookes University, the newly established Institute is running a range of events and activities from short courses in Mandarin and exhibitions about Chinese culture through to research projects and training in the area of publishing, the specialist focus of the Institute. This is the first Confucius Institute co-established by a university and a publishing company (Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press), and a key aim is to foster Sino-British co-operation in the creative industries.

The Confucius Institute for Business London (CIBL) at the LSE aims to help London business communities to learn the Chinese language and foster greater understanding of the business culture in China. Its primary focus at LSE is on business language teaching; and the CIBL also hosts a number of events to promote wider Chinese culture, most of which are open to the general public.





  • Xiaohong Fan


    Chinese Director

    Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes University

    Xiaohong Fan is the Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes University. She is Vice President of Foreign Language Teaching and...

  • Annie Guo


    Director Of Goldsmiths Confucius Institute

    University of London

    Annie Guo is Director of the Goldsmiths Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance. She originally trained as a classical Chinese dancer from the...

  • Hong Lu


    Deputy Director

    London School of Economics Confucius Institute for Business London

    Hong Lu, OBE, is the Deputy Director of the LSE Confucius Institute for Business London. She has a PhD in ICT support teaching and training and has...

  • Angus Phillips



    Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies

    The panel is chaired by Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies. He is also Director of the Confucius...

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