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


4 August 2016 Mayor walks the talk with Chinese language lessons
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown is the highest profile of a growing number of public servants and other professionals taking Mandarin lessons with the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington to better prepare them for their dealings with China and its people. Read more
1 August 2016 New Zealand MLA Mid-Year Professional Development--2016新西兰汉语志愿者岗中培训
New Zealand MLA mid-year professional development was held in university of Auckland from 20th to 24th July. Read more
15 July 2016 Five Key Recommendations: NZ Association of Language Teachers and Asia NZ Foundation on solutions to more language learning in our secondary schools
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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.