28 November 2014
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has planted 20 Chinese trees around campus to mark the 10th anniversary of the global Confucius Institute which promotes Chinese language and culture in local communities.
UCLan Group Chief Executive Richard Hext and his predecessor Dr Malcolm McVicar planted two of the trees at UCLan’s Westleigh House to mark the occasion and to celebrate the ongoing success of UCLan’s own Confucius Institute which was established six years ago during Malcolm’s tenure.
“Through the Confucius Institute, UCLan is able to provide opportunities to students, staff and members of the public to experience Chinese culture, learn Chinese language and in some instances visit China to study and build relationships.”
Feixia Yu, the Director of UCLan Confucius Institute, commented: “Since it was established in 2008 the Institute has significantly raised the profile of China, its language and its culture in the region through our commitment to community engagement.
“Through the Confucius Institute, UCLan is able to provide opportunities to students, staff and members of the public to experience Chinese culture, learn Chinese language and in some instances visit China to study and build relationships. Malcolm McVicar was instrumental in bringing the Confucius Institute to UCLan and we want to thank him for his vision and commitment to making it a success.”
Last month, as part of the global anniversary celebrations, the UCLan Confucius Institute invited schools from around the region to take part in Tai Chi and martial arts lessons, watch a lion dance, sing Chinese songs and try their hands at kite flying.
Since it was established in 2008 the UCLan Confucius Institute has introduced Mandarin Chinese to primary school children across the region and many secondary schools in the area have benefitted from Chinese culture taster days. It has also created many opportunities for schoolchildren and university students to visit and study in China.