As China's economy and exchanges with the world have seen rapid growth, there has also been a sharp increase in the world's demands for Chinese learning. Benefiting from the UK, France, Germany and Spain's experience in promoting their national languages, China began its own exploration through establishing non-profit public institutions which aim to promote Chinese language and culture in foreign countries in 2004: these were given the name the Confucius Institute.
Confucius Institutes/Classrooms adopt flexible teaching patterns and adapt to suit local conditions when teaching Chinese language and promoting culture in foreign primary schools, secondary schools, communities and enterprises.
Functions of Confucius Institute
1To make development plans and set down establishment and evaluation criterion for Confucius Institutes
2To examine, approve and establish Confucius Institutes
3To examine and approve annual project proposals, budgets and financial statements of Confucius Institutes worldwide
4To guide and evaluate the teaching activities and to control the quality of the operation of Confucius Institutes
5To provide Confucius Institutes around the world with the support and services of teaching resources
6To select and dispatch Chinese directors and teaching staff to Confucius Institutes, to offer training programs for the management teams and teachers of Confucius Institutes
7To organize annual Confucius Institute conferences
Council of Confucius Institute Headquarters
Council of Confucius Institute Headquarters According to the "Constitution and By-Laws of the Confucius Institutes", the Confucius Institute Headquarters shall be governed by the Council. The Council shall consist of the Chair, the Vice Chairs, the Executive Council Members, and the Council Members. Among the fifteen Council Members, ten shall be the Heads of the Board of Directors of Confucius Institutes overseas.
Duties of the Council
1Examining and approving the development strategies and plans of global Confucius Institutes,
2Formulating and amending the Constitution and By-Laws of the Confucius Institutes,
3Examining and approving annual reports and working plans of the Headquarters,
4Discussing issues of significance concerning the development of Confucius Institutes.