The Confucius Institute was officially launched in March 2007 by the then Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon. Alexander Downer.
2017 marks the 10th year anniversary of the establishment of the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide. Our 10th year anniversary will be celebrated throughout the year with many exciting events and activities.
For more information, please visit our events page.
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 promotes the learning of Chinese language and culture, a broader and more informed understanding of China, both across South Australia and beyond.
We seek to build understanding of Chinese culture among any interested groups, increase China-knowledge generally, strengthen language teaching and help Australians to build or strengthen their economic and business links 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.
- What are Confucius Institutes?
Confucius Institutes are established at leading universities globally, supported by a Chinese host institution and the local partner university, in addition to support from the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.
- 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
- Confucius Institute at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
- Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle
- Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University
- Confucius Institute at the NSW Department of Education
- Business Confucius Institute at Victoria University
- Tourism Confucius Institute at Griffith University
- Confucius Institue at La Trobe University
The Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide is partnered with Shandong University, located in the capital of Shandong Province, Jinan.
Shandong University is one of the largest universities in China and is widely regarded as one of the leading universities.
Confucius Institutes are supported by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, and are overseen by the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Hanban, located in Beijing, China.
- Shandong Connection
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