Issue 16
Monday, 25 September 2017
Charles Darwin University
Language teachers Yiting Chen (left) and Jingru Li (right) with Associate Professor Wang Hua
Language teachers Yiting Chen (left) and Jingru Li (right) with Associate Professor Wang Hua

Confucius turns five, Chinese links celebrated

By Andrew Hall

It’s been a big year for the CDU Confucius Institute, which celebrates its fifth anniversary on Saturday.

Two major milestones have been reached recently: the opening of the Northern Territory’s first Confucius Classroom at Woodroffe Primary School and the launch of a Chinese language testing centre based at the institute.

The institute’s Chinese co-director Associate Professor Wang Hua said he was pleased that Hanban, the Confucius Institute’s headquarters in Beijing, had approved these initiatives.

“The links between China and the Northern Territory have been strengthened and the pathways for people in the Territory to study Chinese language and culture have been broadened,” he said.

“We have made it possible for students as young as five or six to start Chinese language courses and our Confucius Institute is instrumental in supporting Chinese studies right through to higher education degrees.”

Mr Wang also said that the institute facilitated the awarding of Chinese Government in-country study scholarships.

On 5 October CDU’s engagement with China will be celebrated with a series of presentations by the directors of the Confucius Institute and speakers representing a variety of academic disciplines from around our university.

The event, which will take place on Thursday, 5 October 2017, 4.30pm – 6.30pm, Casuarina campus, building Blue 2A, is open to the public.

Please RSVP by 2 October to

E: T: 08 8946 7635.