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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6 December 2016 "Well Done, Thank You & Farewell!” to our 2016 Mandarin Language Assistants
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5 December 2016 听见中国 Hearing China 2016: "Moonlit Delirium” by Louisa Nicklin
‘Hearing China’ – Shanghai, China 2016By Louisa Nicklin, Te Koki New Zealand School of Music PhD Student Read more
1 November 2016 IT’S OUT! 2016 Year Book of the Confucius Institute at Victoria University
This year’s Year Book contains a wealth of information on the co-operation and joint activities undertaken by the Confucius Institute with our education and cultural partners from Wellington to the Bay of Plenty and in China. 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 2017.


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.