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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

24 May 2016, 9.00- 16.00
China Research Forum

Special event organised by Lancaster University Confucius Institute on UK/EU - China research and academic cooperation, find out about the latest financial support and funding opportunities available from the UK, China and the European Union. Venue: Furness Lecture Theatre 3.

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.