Confucius Institute

Confucius Institute


The Confucius Institute at Victoria University (CI VUW) is dedicated to promoting Chinese language teaching and cultural and intellectual exchange between China and New Zealand.

Through CI VUW's highly successful education programme, Mandarin Language Assistants (MLAs) from China, who are top university graduates, are selected, organised and placed annually into New Zealand schools to support the development and teaching of Chinese language classes.  We also teach Chinese to leaders in government, including young leaders.

CI VUW’s cultural programme initiates and encourages artistic and intellectual exchange between China and New Zealand. Through music, the visual arts and literature - events and workshops, concerts and festivals, exhibitions and film, lectures, creative writing and translation, we bring Chinese cultural knowledge closer to New Zealand artists, students, writers, musicians, researchers and the general public.

CI VUW contributes to our future by bringing Kiwis closer to the heart and mind of one of the world’s most enduring civilisations and a key trading and regional partner of New Zealand.

Read more about the Confucius Institute.


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25 October 2016 Victoria University and Xiamen University celebrate joint success of the Confucius Institute
In honour of Xiamen University President Zhu Chongshi’s visit to Victoria University on 20-21 October, a Joint Board Meeting of the Confucius Institute was held at VUW’s historical Hunter Building. Read more
21 October 2016 Guqin (古琴): Wang Peng (王鹏) and Juntian Fang (钧天坊)
Celebrated guqin virtuoso and maker Wang Peng visited Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music  on 17 October while on a performance tour of New Zealand. Read more
7 October 2016 Dialogue Across Time and Space 跨越时空的对话: Tang Xianzu汤显祖and Shakespeare
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Mandarin Language Assistant

The role of a MLA is to assist the teaching of Mandarin more effectively, provide information and insight into Chinese culture and language, model accurate pronunciation and intonation and assist the classroom teacher.

Read more about the MLA Scheme.

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Mandarin Corner

Mandarin Corner is a weekly event where students learning Chinese meet with native speakers of Chinese for conversation and cultural activities in a friendly, relaxed setting.


Chinese Language tests

The Confucius Institute at Victoria University offers various Chinese Language tests in 2016.


Discover China!

Discover China! Day is a mini cultural festival featuring a full array of Chinese cultural performances, painting and calligraphy, martial arts, as well as samplings of Chinese cuisine.