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.


May12-7Exhibitions and PerformancesLandscape | mindscape
Date: 12 May - 7 October 2016
Time: 9.00 am
Venue: Level 3, Main Library, Victoria University, Kelburn Campus
This exhibition juxtaposes two suites of photographic works: Feng Bin’s Hutong at Night (2005), large… Read more
Sep23Exhibitions and PerformancesDialogue Across Time and Space
Date: 23 September--2 October
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Paramount Cinema, 25 Courtenay Place
Exhibition Launch 23 September Read more
Oct9Music EventsChina Impressions - Aroha String Quartet
Date: 9 October 2016
Time: 7.00 pm
Venue: St. Andrew's on The Terrace
The Aroha Quartet presents a musical journey across China. Dynamic video images designed by Jon… Read more


29 September 2016 Celebrating Confucius Institute Day with Deep Friendship
Our Confucius Institute visited the Wellington and Rotorua branches of the New Zealand China Friendship Society in September to enjoy Confucius Institute Day with them. Read more
22 September 2016 China New Zealand Music Exchange 2016: Fa 发 NZTrio with Guzheng
NZTrio, New Zealand’s leading trio ensemble, performed with internationally renowned guzheng musician Xia Jing夏菁at the New Zealand School of Music on 16 September. Read more
22 September 2016 A Drum Roll of Thanks from Rotorua Boys' High School to Xiamen University
In the hall of Rotorua Boys' High School sit six big drums. They are symbols of friendship between Rotorua Boys' High School and Xiamen University.  This generous gift from Xiamen University is greatly appreciated by staff, students and parents. Read more

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.