UCL Institute of Education launches new Mandarin teaching hub
23 June 2017
The UCL Institute for Education (IOE) Confucius Institute has opened its new teacher training and research facility.
The UCL Institute for Education (IOE) Confucius Institute yesterday opened its new teacher training and research facility.
The respective presidents of UCL and Peking University (PKU), Professor Michael Arthur and Professor Lin Jianhua, cut the ribbon in a ceremony at the fully refurbished centre in Woburn Square.
The Institute is a bilateral collaboration between UCL, PKU and Peking University High School, supported by Hanban.
It aims to train enough teachers of Mandarin Chinese to give every secondary school in England the opportunity to teach Chinese.
There are currently more than 9,000 students studying Chinese on curriculum in 45 IOE Confucius Classrooms, with Chinese GCSE entries having grown by 70% since 2008. It is hoped that the work of the IOE Confucius Institute will continue this trajectory in years to come.
The new teacher training facility will increase the number of Chinese teachers trained significantly, providing schools with a reliable supply of teachers with the most effective language teaching skills.
The interior design also celebrates cross-cultural encounters: promoting Chinese culture, with the colour and material palette being inspired by traditional Chinese paintings and furniture, in combination with a number of British furnishings that showcase the quality and continuity of British craftsmanship.
The UCL IOE Confucius Institute, which opened in 2007, is one example of the many bilateral collaborations between PKU and UCL, across a wide range of disciplines from medical sciences and city planning to language education and archaeology.
PKU President, Professor Lin Jianhua said: “It's an honour to be invited to open the Model Confucius Institute at UCL. We’re very happy to be working with UCL to promote Chinese culture and language in the UK, as part of our deep strategic partnership.”