Lancaster University has launched a major new hub for Chinese language and culture with the opening of the Confucius Institute.
The institute, which will complement the extensive China research and teaching activities across the university, has been awarded jointly to Lancaster and its partner the prestigious South China University of Technology ( SCUT) in Guangzhou by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (known as Hanban).
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof Bob McKinlay said: “We are delighted that the Confucius Institute will enable us to broaden and deepen our ties with China. This will offer Mandarin language and Chinese culture courses to students, schools and businesses in the region and it will support enterprise in the North West.”
Guests included Prof Wang Yingjun, president of SCUT; Prof Zhu Min, vice-president of SCUT; Mr Pan Yundong, the Consul General in Manchester and Mr Tian Xiaogang, Minister Counsellor from the education section of the Chinese Embassy in the UK.
See the Lancaster Guardian (29-12-11) for full story.