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Aims & purposes

On the basis of a general agreement between Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) in China and the Univers ity of Cape Town, signed at the 2nd Confucius Institutes Conference in Beijing in 2007, UCT enters a partnership with Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, in establishing a joint venture--the Confucius Institute at the University of Cape Town. An opening ceremony was held on January 20, 2010. It was not until July 2010 that the Confucius Institute started functioning, devoting itself to the teaching of Chinese language, and to strengthening educational and cultural exchanges and friendly cooperation between China and South Africa.

The Confucius Institute reports to the Board of Advisors and offers degree and non-degree courses in Chinese language at the University of Cape Town. It also promotes academic exchanges between UCT and Sun Yat-sen University, as well as other higher education institutions in China.

Our Main Objectives are:

We provide teaching of Chinese (Mandarin) and Chinese culture.

  1. Chinese language teaching for students and community at all levels. These include:
    1. credit-bearing courses (through SLL), starting from 2011, and continuing up to the present;
    2. non-credit bearing courses for people who are interested in learning Chinese, including the UCT community;
    3. cultural promotions, such as lectures by visiting professors; seminars and academic conference; exhibitions; student art troupe performance, etc;
  2. recommending local teachers of Chinese (if any) to receive training in China;

  3. Administration of the new HSK tests (Chinese Language Proficiency Tests) at the test center at UCT twice a year;

  4. Consultative service concerning China's education;
    1. applying for the Confucius Institute scholarship to study Chinese in China, for a semester, full year or a two-year MA program;
    2. organize the annual Intensive Chinese Language and Cutlure camp in Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.