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UFRGS inaugurates Confucius Institute

The Institute has the goal of teaching Chinese language and culture to students and professionals in Brazil. Classes will be taught by Chinese teachers, ensuring high quality education for students of our university. The Institute inaugurates at the Language and Literature Institute (Campus do Vale) on April 25th 2012
UFRGS inaugurates Confucius Institute

There are 300 Confucius Institutes in the world - Picture: Flavio Dutra

When Professor Hentschke visited the Communication University of China in 2009, the strategic vision of developing a Confucius Institute here at UFRGS was formed. With the support of President Carlos Netto and of the Language and Literature Institute, professor Hentschke began the negotiation with the Brazilian Embassy in China to bring the Institute to UFRGS. In 2010, President Netto submitted the finalized Project during his visit to Hanban.

As a result of these two international meetings, President Dilma Roussef signed a bilateral agreement for the formation of the Institute when visiting China on April 12, 2011.

The Communication University of China (CUC) has maintained a cooperation agreement with UFRGS since 2005, and it has been designated as the executive board to form the Chinese Institute at UFRGS.

The Institute inaugurates at the Language and Literature Institute (Campus do Vale) on April 25th 2012, only one year after the agreement was signed. The Institute will host a Center for the Study of Mandarin, with classes taught by Chinese teachers. These courses are aimed at offering a high quality education in Chinese language and culture to students and professionals in Brazil.

In addition to the courses, the Confucius Institute at UFRGS will offer the HSK examination (Chinese Proficiency Test) and exams for the Certification of Teaching Chinese.

There are 300 Confucius Institutes in the world, and UFRGS is the fourth location in Brazil to host one.

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