Teaching due to begin at the Confucius Institute

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Confucius Institute launch

Teaching is due to begin at the brand-new Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes University in early 2016. Pro Vice Chancellor Paul Inman explained this exciting opportunity for Oxford Brookes in a recent article for the Oxford Mail.

In October 2015, Oxford Brookes hosted representatives from China to officially launch a Confucius Institute at the University – a brand new initiative which will open its doors early in 2016.

At the launch event in November 2015, staff from the University were joined by representatives from China and members of Brookes Union’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association. The launch was timed to coincide with the visit to the UK of the Chinese President, Xi Jinping.

The establishment of the Confucius Institute is an exciting opportunity for Oxford Brookes to strengthen its existing links with China and allow us to promote an understanding of one of the world’s oldest, continuous civilisations and the biggest, most diverse and fast-changing countries.

Paul Inman, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean for the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

There are almost 500 Confucius Institutes operating around the world within universities, and their aim is to promote Chinese culture and language, support local Chinese teaching internationally and facilitate cultural exchanges. When the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, visited the UK in November 2015, he attended the UK Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms Annual Conference in London, and delivered a speech in which he stressed that Confucius Institutes serve as important platforms to help the world understand China.

The Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes is one of only 29 in the UK and it will concentrate on Publishing – an area of excellent international reputation both at the University and across Oxfordshire. This will be the first Confucius Institute in Europe with such a focus. Angus Phillips, Head of the School of Art at Oxford Brookes will serve as the Director of the Confucius Institute and the Deputy Director, who will lead on daily operations, is currently being recruited. 

The establishment of the Confucius Institute is an exciting opportunity for Oxford Brookes to strengthen its existing links with China and allow us to promote an understanding of one of the world’s oldest, continuous civilisations and the biggest, most diverse and fast-changing countries. One obvious benefit of the initiative will be that the University’s profile will be raised in China and it will be regarded as a serious player in the Chinese market for the recruitment of students and for research and knowledge exchange activity.

Oxford Brookes is home to the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS), one of the leading centres for publishing education in the world. OICPS already has strong links in China, including a research co-operation with Peking University. Over 50 students from China have studied Publishing at Oxford Brookes in the last 10 years and many of our alumni hold prominent positions in the Chinese publishing industry. 

The Confucius Institute will be based on the Headington Campus within Headington Hill Hall, and will provide Chinese language teaching training and services for people in the Oxford area, test and develop resources for online language learning, design and publish books on Chinese themes, and organise staff and student cultural exchange programmes and exhibitions of Chinese literature, culture and art. In addition training programmes will be carried out for professionals from publishing houses in China, and a Visiting Scholar programme will facilitate research into the links between the publishing industries in the two countries.

The full article was published in the Oxford Mail on Tuesday 19 January and can be read on the Oxford Mail website.