Our 10th Anniversary Celebration

30 November 2016

Ten year anniversary of Confucius Institute marks Manchester’s commitment to Chinese learning and teaching.

Children on stage performing an act
St Paul's CE Primary School, Withington

Key national and international figures from the Chinese community came together on the 8 November at The University of Manchester to celebrate the 10thanniversary of the Confucius Institute, an organisation which supports Chinese language and culture.

The celebratory event was hosted by Professor Keith Brown, VP and Chair of the Confucius Institute Board and included speeches from Professor Zhou Zuoyu, Vice President of Beijing Normal University and Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell who shared her vision of collaboration with China.

Professor Rana Mitter was joined by the University’s Professor of Public History and filmmaker, Michael Wood to host an open discussion on China’s representation in the media where Michael spoke about his recent BBC series, The Story of China. The programme received an overwhelmingly positive response from the public in both Britain and in China as it set out to counterbalance some mainstream western narratives of the nation by showing its real heroes – the people. Guests were treated to poem recitals by University of Manchester student Chloe Haimes as well as bespoke compositions created by University students and performed by the University choir. There were also musical and dance performances by students from Gleddings Preparatory School, Bolton Junior Boys and St Paul’s CE Primary School.

The Institute, which promotes a contemporary China to the people of the North West, encourages learning, teaching and testing, and maintains and improves education exchange and engagement with China itself. It has become a centre of excellence in Chinese language teaching thanks to joint efforts of Beijing Normal University and Hanban, the headquarters of Confucius Institute which seconds teaching staff and provides invaluable resources.

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