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Lancaster University Confucius Institute

Lancaster University Confucius Institute officially opened on 20 December 2011. Its aims include to:

  1. offer credit-bearing Mandarin language and culture classes to students;
  2. offer language and culture courses to local schools, communities and businesses;
  3. support enterprise in the North West region through the themes of China, innovation and sustainable development. Both Lancaster University and our partner University in China, South China University of Technology, have significant expertise in these areas.



Forthcoming Events

26 April 2016, 4pm
Returnee CEOs under Weak Institutions: Blessing or Curse?
Dr. Wenxuan Hou, University of Edinburgh

29 April 2016, 9am - 1pm
Chinese applied corpus linguistics symposium

The aim of the symposium is to bring together researchers, students and teachers who are interested in Chinese linguistics and the use of corpus techniques. Online registration

29 April 2016, 4pm
'Asia as part of the EU’s Global Security Strategy: Reflections on a more strategic approach’
. Dr Michael Reiterer, Principal Advisor for Asia, European External Action Service (EEAS).

5 March – 2 May 2016, 10am - 5pm
‘China Uncovered' Exhibition

An exhibition of rarely-exhibited Chinese jade, porcelain, costumes and drawings from Lancaster City Museum and Tullie House collections. Venue: Lancaster City Museum, open daily 10am - 5pm except Monday. Free admission.    

5 March - 30th April 2016, Various dates,
'China Uncovered’ Workshops

Learn about Chinese culture through fun, hands-on activities. Various dates, see leaflet for details. Please phone the Museum on 01524 64637 to book a free place or register online.

15 March – 21 May 2016,
Campus in the City

Join us on selected days for Chinese themed activities at the Campus in the City shop, Lancaster City Centre.

25 - 29 July, 1st - 5 August 2016
Summer School for children aged 6-12

Venue: Lancaster University Campus

Weekly Classes

Mandarin Chinese Language Classes
Mandarin Chinese Language Classes for staff, students and the local community.

Chinese café
It is a warm and free drop-in place for you to practice Mandarin with native speakers. All native speakers and students of Chinese welcome, no need to book.

Chinese calligraphy and painting
A ten-week practical workshop provides you an opportunity to know something about Chinese calligraphy and painting and the time to practice, with guidance from practitioners. Materials are provided.

Tai chi
Tai Chi is an Chinese martial art practiced for both its health benefits and defence training which has its roots in Taoism. It combines profound principles, theories and martial art techniques.

Wushu (Kongfu) 
Wushu, or Kongfu, was a  system of codified practices and traditions of training for combat. Today, it is done for various reasons including combat skills, fitness, self-defense, sport, self-cultivation (meditation), mental discipline, character development and building self-confidence.