Confucius Institutes in the UK

Based on the model of the British Council, Goethe Institute, and Alliance Française, since 2004 a network of Confucius Institutes has been set up worldwide to teach the Chinese language and about China. Confucius Institutes are being established up in local universities, with support from the Chinese government. More recently these have been supplemented by a school-level equivalent, the Confucius Classroom. These operate in both the maintained and independent sectors, with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (which has also a Confucius Institute) acting as the coordinating body. The 2008 Annual Report, published in 2009, lists 11 Confucius Institutes and 14 Confucius Classrooms in the UK. This total of 25 institutions is one of the highest in the world after the USA. The official Chinese website English version can be accessed here.

Chinese Embassy Introduction | University of Edinburgh | University of Cardiff | University of Manchester | University of Sheffield | SOAS | LSE | University of Wales Trinity Saint David | UCLAN | University of Nottingham | London South Bank University | SSAT |

UK Parliamentary Report on China 2006

House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee Seventh Report on East Asia, including  'China's Rise and its impact on Foreign Policy and Security'. July 2006

UK Government Language-based Area Studies Funding Initiative 2006

HEFCE, ESRC, AHRC and SFC funding for the greater understanding of China, Japan, Eastern Europe and Arabic-speaking world: June 2006 announcement of the launch of five new collaborative centres as part of a joint £25million Language Based Area Studies initiative.
White Rose East Asia Centre (Leeds, Sheffield)
British Inter-University China Centre (Bristol, Manchester, Oxford)

Routes into Languages Initiative

The Routes into Languages is a £4.5million HEFCE initiative designed to encourage universities to collaborate with schools and colleges in order to increase the numbers of students continuing to study foreign languages.

Rural China Education Foundation - Volunteer Teaching Program

RCEF is an international non-profit organization that is established to stimulate rural development through quality education. Annual Short-tem Volunteer Teaching Programs bring international young people together with Chinese mainland students to teach in rural schools, participate in community-building, and learn first-hand about the realities of today's rural China. See:

Language Teaching in the UK

Concerned at the decline in language teaching in schools and universities, HEFCE asked Professor Michael Worton to carry out a report in 2009. This is available from the HEFCE website: see Worton Report. The National Centre for Languages' summary of of Worton's findings and its finding list for documents is available at CILT. CILT's own publications are very useful, including CILT- Why Languages Matter - see the main CILT website.

British Government and China

The latest published official thinking on China is set out in the FCO's January 2009 document: The UK and China: A Framework for Engagement