About Confucius Classroom Project
As China’s economy and exchanges with the world have seen rapid growth, there has also been a sharp increase in the world’s demands for Chinese learning. 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 and culture in foreign countries in 2004: these were given the name the Confucius Institute.
Confucius Institutes/Classrooms adopt flexible teaching patterns and adapt to suit local conditions when teaching Chinese language and promoting culture in foreign primary schools, secondary schools, communities and enterprises. In 2009, Confucius Institutes/Classrooms around the world offered 9000 Chinese courses of a multitude of styles, with a total enrolment of 260,000, a 130,000 strong enrolment increase from the previous year. More than 7,500 cultural exchange activities took place, involving the participation of over 3 million people.
In Oceania, there are 17 Confucius Institutes and 49 Confucius Classrooms now.