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Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute at the University of Cape Town promotes the learning of Chinese language and culture, and a broader and more informed understanding of China in Cape Town area and across South Africa. The institute seeks to attract more interest in the Chinese language and understanding of the Chinese culture among students and faculties at UCT as well as providing outreach programmes to a wider range of communities in Cape Town, especially schools. In light of the ever-growing business and trade relations between China and South Africa, the demand for learning Chinese is greater. Cape Town, both as a beautiful scenic city and a hub of business, will play more important roles in the ties between China and South Africa. Officially launched in January 2010, the establishment of the Confucius Institute at UCT is a big step forward in transformation at UCT in that it will bring the Chinese language program to UCT and facilitate academic exchanges between students and faculty members at UCT with those at Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), Guangzhou, China. The year 2014 will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the first Confucius Institute in the world, and will also see UCT's Confucius Institute enter its fifth year in operation.