The Confucius Institute was officially launched in March 2007 by the then Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon. Alexander Downer.
2017 marked the 10th year anniversary of the establishment of the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide.
The establishment of the Confucius Institute with Shandong University consolidates longstanding ties with the University of Adelaide and coincides with the twentieth anniversary of the Sister State relationship between South Australia and Shandong Province.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide aims to assist the learning of Chinese language and culture, and create broader and more informed understanding of China across South Australia.
We seek to build an understanding of Chinese culture among interested groups, increase China-knowledge generally, strengthen language teaching and help Australians to build and strengthen their relationship with China.
Who is Confucius?
Confucius, or Kongzi孔子, was an ancient Chinese philosopher who is thought to have lived between 551 - 479 BCE. Confucian teaching and philosophy has had a far reaching influence on Chinese culture and society throughout the ages.
At the heart of his teachings is the notion, "Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself." Other strong elements include respect for elders, filial piety, ancestor veneration, and devotion to work and study.
His hometown of Qufu is located in South Australia’s sister province in China, Shandong.
Confucius Institutes around Australia
- Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia
- Confucius Institute at The University of Melbourne
- Confucius Institute at The University of Queensland
- Confucius Institute at The University of Sydney
- Confucius Institute at the University of New South Wales
- Confucius Institute at Queensland University of Technology
- Chinese Medicine Confucius Institute at RMIT University
- Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle
- Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University
- Business Confucius Institute at Victoria University
- Tourism Confucius Institute at Griffith University
- Confucius Institue at La Trobe University
Established in 1986 South Australia has had a sister-state/province relationship with Shandong province for more than 30 years. It's not surprising then that the University of Adelaide's Confucius Institute partner institution is located in Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province.
A varied and beautiful province with a population of more than 95 million people, Shandong has played a major role in the history of Chinese civilastion. Home to the mouth of the yellow river, and Mount Tai, Shandong has served as a pivotal cultural and religious site for Taoism, Chinese Buddhism, and Confucianism. It's also one of the friendlist places in China and a great place to visit