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About Us

Confucius Institute: An Overview

Confucius Institutes, as non-profit educational organizations, devote themselves in satisfying the needs and demands of the global world to learn the Chinese language, to enhance the understanding of the Chinese arts and culture, and to strengthen cooperation and partnership between China and other countries.

Affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, the Confucius Institute program began in 2004 and is overseen by the Office of Chinese Language Council International or Hanban. The institutes operate in cooperation with local affiliate universities around the world, and financing is shared between Hanban and the host institutions. The related Confucius Classroom program partners with local secondary schools to provide teachers and students with learning resources, training and development. The Confucius Institute is similar to language and culture promotion organizations such as Portugal's Instituto Camões, Britain's British Council, France's Alliance Française, Italy's Società Dante Alighieri, Spain's Instituto Cervantes and Germany's Goethe-Institut.

As of September 2016, there are now 500 Confucius Institutes and 1000 Confucius Classrooms across Asia, America, Europe, Africa and Oceania.

The Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation

Hanban approved the establishment of the Confucius Institute at AUF in 2009 in partnership with the Fujian Normal University. The 3rd in the Philippines, CI-AUF was inaugurated on January 10, 2010 by Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Chinese Ambassador Liu Jianchao and FNU President Huang Hansheng.

In 2011, AUF entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Education to offer the Mandarin Program in selected public schools nationwide under DepEd’s Special Program in Foreign Languages (SPFL). This partnership has facilitated the deployment of Chinese Volunteer Teachers to teach Mandarin in 72 public high schools nationwide; training of Filipino teachers to handle Mandarin courses; development of learning resources customized to Filipino learners; provision of scholarships and grants; and the participation of local teachers and students in bridge programs, educational tours and summer camps in China.

CI-AUF celebrated its 5th anniversary on July 24, 2015 with Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua, Chinese Cultural Counselor Pan Feng and FNU President Wang Changping as guests of honor. The event was highlighted by the launch of three CI-AUF Confucius Classrooms at the San Francisco High School in Quezon City, Tarlac National High School in Tarlac City and the Paoay National High School in Ilocos Norte.

The establishment of the Confucius Institute at AUF in cooperation with FNU has enabled AUF to promote Chinese language and culture, and strengthen its institutional capacity to engage in inter-cultural activities with contemporary China.

Programs:

  • Education, training and research
  • Recreation, culture and the arts
  • Linkages and collaboration
  • Scholarships and travel grants
  • Facilities and infrastructure development

Awards and Recognition from HANBAN

2011 One of the 30 Most Outstanding Confucius Institutes in the World
2013 One of the 30 Most Outstanding Confucius Institutes in the World
HSK and YCT Testing Center of the Year
2014 HSK and YCT Testing Center of the Year
2015 Individual Performance Excellence Award conferred upon Dr. Zhang Shifang, CI-AUF Chinese Director


CI-AUF in Numbers (SY 2015-2016)

Number of partner public high schools 72
Estimated number of Mandarin students 20,000 from public schools
1,029 from AUF
Number of Chinese teachers deployed 15 for public schools
11 for AUF
Number of scholars 55 full scholars
8 partial scholars
Number of BSE CLT graduates 24