About Confucius Institute (CI)
Over recent years, the Confucius Institutes' development has been rapid and they have provided the opportunity for many people all over the world to learn the Chinese language and culture. In addition, they have become a platform for cultural exchanges between China and the world as well as a bridge for reinforcing friendship and cooperation between China and the rest of the world.
As China's economy and exchanges with the world have seen rapid growth, there has also been a sharp increase in demands for knowing more about Chinese language and culture. Benefiting from the UK, France, Germany and Spain's experience in promoting their national languages, China began its own exploration through establishing non-profit public institutions which aim to promote Chinese language foreign countries from 2004.
Confucius Institutes adopt flexible teaching patterns and adapt to suit local conditions when teaching Chinese language. In 2009, Confucius Institutes/Classrooms around the world offered 9,000 Chinese courses with a total enrollment of 260,000, a 130,000 enrollment increase from the previous year.