The Confucius Institute at the University of Mauritius (CI-UoM) was established on 14th December 2016 and it is the 518th Confucius Institute in the world.  The Institute was set up under the leadership of Hanban (CI Headquarters) and in collaboration with Zhejiang Sci-Tech University (ZSTU), the partner institution in Zhejiang Province, China. Hanban, CI Headquarters, is located in Beijing and is a public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. It is committed to providing Chinese language and cultural teaching resources and services worldwide.  It contributes to the development of multiculturalism through various exchange programmes.

The Confucius Institute at UoM aims at promoting exchanges between educational institutions in China and Mauritius, promoting the Chinese language and culture through various activities on and off the UoM campus. Its services and support are extended to various sectors of the country such as educational, tourism and social. The Confucius Institute at UoM wishes to act as a facilitator of exchanges by providing the appropriate platform for the consolidation of relations and promotion of collaborations between stakeholders from the two countries, China and Mauritius.  

There was a great interest from students and staff of UoM for Chinese language learning and the CI-UoM introduced its first class of Chinese language teaching to UoM students and staff in April 2017.  The teaching of Chinese language is dispensed on short course basis and the short courses are free of charge. At the moment, the students and staff are learning the basics of the Chinese language, Level 1. The idea of introducing short courses in Chinese language at UoM is to stimulate interest in the Chinese language among students and staff. We hope that this would help them in exchange programmes with Chinese students/academics for teaching/research work, through collaborative partnership with institutions in China. 

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