The University of Central Lancashire’s Confucius Institute celebrates its 15th anniversary
Founded in 2008 the University of Central Lancashire’s Confucius Institute continues to support Chinese language teaching within the University and the wider Lancashire area.
Now celebrating its 15th year, the Confucius Institute also organises calligraphy classes and runs Chinese tea ceremonies, whilst its Chinese New Year celebrations and the Dragon Boat Race have become important diary dates for people living in and around Preston.
A celebration ceremony was held on Friday 10 November during which Preston’s Mayor, Councillor Yakub Patel, and Mr Tang Rui, who is the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Manchester, thanked the Confucius Institute for the rewarding and important work it does for the local community.
"The Confucius Institute’s multitude of off campus activities help to fulfil the university’s commitment to community engagement"— Professor Graham Baldwin, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire
Professor Graham Baldwin, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire, said: “The Confucius Institute provides a range of events and experiences for both UCLan staff and students, enriching the internationalisation of the curriculum.
“The excellent work by UCLan’s Confucius Institute has strengthened the university’s partnerships and connections with many Chinese higher education institutions. The Confucius Institute’s multitude of off campus activities help to fulfil the university’s commitment to community engagement.”
Attendees at the anniversary celebration enjoyed demonstrations of Chinese mask changing and water sleeves skills.