Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield (SCI)



Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield is an international collaboration between the University of Sheffield, the Office of Chinese Language Council International (OCLCI, commonly known as Hanban, Confucius Institute Headquarters), Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) and Nanjing University (NJU).

SCI Documentary, celebrating 10th Anniversary of the CI:

The University relationship with China 我们与中国的关系:

Sir Keith Burnett stresses importance of international outlook for steel industry

VC_BBC_InterviewSpeaking on BBC Asian Business Report, 6th April 2016, our Vice-Chancellor Sir Keith Burnett spoke about the need for a long term plan with an international outlook for the worldwide steel industry, and the importance of the UK's relationship with China.

Click to watch the interview on iPlayer.

Sir Keith Burnett talks to Sky News about our relationship with China

VC Sky InterviewOur Vice-Chancellor Sir Keith Burnett speaks to Sky News about our relationship with China and the state visit of President Xi Jinping. Click to watch.

UK Confucius Institute and Confucius Classroom Conference, 22-23 October 2015

Our Vice-Chancellor Sir Keith Burnett and our Director at the Confucius Institute attended the London CI/CC Conference and met President Xi Jinping. Click to watch (in Chinese).

Acrobatics, melody and mime — a trip to the Chinese opera

Chinese OperaA vibrant evening of traditional Chinese song and dance, co-organized by SCI and the Sheffield Chinese Students & Scholars Association, was held in our Students' Union auditorium to mark Global Confucius Institute day on 26 September.
Performers from Shanghai Theatre Academy showcased a selection of dramatic art drawn from the Beijing and Kun Qu or "Kun" operas, accompanied by traditional Chinese folk music. Click to read more.

VCWhat next for China: Great Wall or Bridging the Gap?

As Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield, prepares to meet President Xi, the University’s Vice-Chancellor reflects on what China’s questions about its future mean for the political economy of the West. Click to read more.

Xi's UK visit will build bridges for future generations to cross

By Professor Sir Keith Burnett For China Daily

Britain's universities are eagerly waiting for the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Leaders of industry and higher education think China and the United Kingdom must continue to expand their international focus.  Click to read more.

Should the UK's partnership with China be welcomed or feared?

Looking East to China to regenerate the North

Our Vice-Chancellor,  Professor Sir Keith Burnett, joins a senior UK government delegation to China (Read More).

"The Chinese see something in us, and we could not dream for better luck than to make 1.4 billion new friends", VC wrote to Telegraph. Click to read more.

Sir Keith Burnett pleased and surprised that the Chancellor of the Exchequer chose ‘the Northern Powerhouse’ as one of his big themes for the visit to China, Click to read more.

Wanted: World's best companies

VCChina must reach out with an inclusive mindset to reap the rewards of working with first-rate firms

The next phase of China's economic growth is expected to be driven by advanced manufacturing, but the industries involved often require a significant degree of internationalization to achieve competitiveness, says Keith Burnett, vice-chancellor at the University of Sheffield in England. Such internationalization means China needs to incorporate companies comprising the world's best supply chain into each of its advanced manufacturing sectors. Such a process demands that China internationalize with a cooperative and inclusive mindset, says Burnett. Click to Read More.



A senior advisor to China on cultural understanding, the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Sheffield is today attending a global round table of the Confucius Institute in China. The high profile event is being held in Xufu, birthplace of Confucius, known throughout the world for his teaching on the harmonious society and good relations between peoples. Click to Read More.

Picture (Left): Offering the hand of friendship - Professor Sir Keith Burnett meets Professor Chen Yulu, President of Renmin University of China, Vice-President of the All China Youth Federation and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People's Bank of China.

Honorary Degree for President of Nanjing Technical University

Nanjing Technical University

The president of Nanjing Technical University, Professor Wei Huang (in the middle), was made an Honorary Graduate during the Graduation week in July 2015. Professor Sir Keith Burnett hosted the delegation from the University, together with colleagues at UoS.

Chinese students: priority number one

Sir Keith Burnett: Forging a common future of co-operation between Sheffield and China

A powerful connection for Britain

- Confucius Institute participates in city-centre vibrancy

Sir Keith Burnett, vice-chancellor of the University of Sheffield, has written an article about Op Ed on China relating to international students, which was published by The Times Higher Education on 2nd April 2015. Click to read more.

The second article, written by Sir Keith Burnett and published by Yorkshire Post on 13th April, stated the University is not only for the future of UK higher education but also for forging future co-operations with China. Click to read more.

The Nuclear AMRC (Advanced Manufacturing Research Center), led by the University of Sheffield and the University of Manchester, is to work with Chinese partners to develop even better technology going forward, says Sir Keith Burnett. Click to read more.

Now Open

Perspectives: UK-China, Exhibition of Chinese and UK Artwork

Opening Event (by Invitation and by Registration only):
5:00pm, Tuesday 18th October 2016, at LT3, The Diamond

Booking a place by Tuesday 11 October 2016, at:
Dr Sun Dali, Consul General, and Mr Wang Ying, Consul and Head of Education Section, The Consulate General of the P R China in Manchester will be in attendance at the event.

The Artwork Exhibition (19th to 21st inclusive):
Open to the general public.

at Exhibition Space, The Diamond (i.e. one side of the main entrance).

The exhibition provides the audience with a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of China and UK from a cross-cultural perspective. The exhibition comprises of three sections that are presented through the lens of Chinese art, photography and film documentary.

Discover the beauty of a traditional Chinese brush painting that encapsulates the culture and spirit of Britain through the lens of Chinese art and calligraphy. Mr Wang Ying, a Chinese artist and diplomat, drawing on his years of expertise in Chinese brush painting, presents his interpretations of the overwhelming beauty of the classic scenes of the UK.

Enjoy the best prize-winning pictures collected from the China in photographs competition organized by Sheffield Confucius Institute. Now in its eighth year, the photographs capture China through British lenses in various themes. The exhibition gives an opportunity for the previous best winners to show their art works to a wider audience.

Watch an amazing film documentary in which a wide spectrum of British citizens from diverse backgrounds give their own insightful views of China based on their own experiences in China

Open call:

1616: Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu Festival: Theatre Competition

drama playThe Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield and London Confucius Institute SOAS cordially invite you to participate in the theatre competition of the 1616: Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu Festival, which is scheduled to take place at the end of November 2016 in London.
We welcome entries in the following two categories:
Category A. If you prefer to perform in English, the play needs to be a Chinese play or China themed (e.g. The Peony Pavilion by Tang Xianzu).
Category B. Any play performed in Mandarin Chinese (e.g. any of Shakespeare’s plays).
The competition will be pre-selected based on a proposal of 1000 words maximum. Please Note: Views expressed are those of the playwrights and directors. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the organisers. The detailed format of the proposal can be downloaded here.
Size of the company: 5 members maximum. For Category B only, the majority of the company must be students whose native language is not Mandarin Chinese or Cantonese.
Length of the play: 30-45 minutes
a. Winners of the pre-selection will be able to claim up to £500 for the production of the play after the competition. Transport cost will also be covered to a maximum of £40 per person.
b. Final winners will receive funding to perform in one of the three cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai or Nanjing.
Please contact:
Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield for enquires
Email:;  Tel: 0114 2228447;   Address: 5 Shearwood Road, Sheffield S10 2TD


Study in China_Confucius Institute Scholarship

The Scholarship can be applied for all year round. Individual applicant needs to register, log in and fill in online Application Form. For more information, e.g. Host Institutes in china, please visit: 孔子学院奖学金 

Mandarin Language Courses for Adults

- "Survival Chinese" 5-evening Intensive Course

Survival ChineseOpen twice a year (end of September and early February), Survival Chinese suits for absolute beginners and runs from Monday to Friday, 5 evenings, aiming at introducing Chinese language, focusing on listening and speaking skills, and covering practical vocabulary and expressions that are useful for everyday situations.

The next Survival Chinese is scheduled on Monday - Friday,  6th-10th February 2017, 6-8pm at the CI office, Shearwood Road, S10 2TD

Fees: £60 standard and £50 for Students/people over 60.  Registration via the University Online Store (input "Survival" in the search box)

OFFER: “Survival Chinese” will be refunded if the same student continues to take 12-week Beginners Mandarin course. The Refund takes place after 3 weeks into the semester.

- 12-week "Chinese for Everyone" Mandarin language courses

SCI coursesThese courses follow the University semester dates, but are not-university-credited, therefore they are open to everyone.

University semester dates, weekday evenings, 7-9pm.

Courses can be followed up for several semesters.

Current courses have already started from Monday 26th September 2016.

Click for Timetable Autumn Semester 2016.

Registration is open via the University Online Store (input "Mandarin" in the search box).

- Private Tuition, meeting your demands

Specifically designed to meet personal learning objectives, Private Tuition, based on 1-1 or 1-2, is offered all year round. Prior to a private tuition, a meeting should be held to assess the learner's Mandarin level, discussing specific needs and aims, and making decisions on learning resources and regular sessions. This meeting can take up to one hour and is free of charge.

The fee rate is £25/h, paid in advance for every 10 hourly-block, i.e. £250. One could choose 1h/w, or two of 1h/w, or 2h/w. The tuition normally takes place at the CI office.

Registration is open via the University Online Store (input "Mandarin" in the search box)

- Chinese Brush Calligraphy Course

Currently we do not offer Calligraphy course.

- Wu-Style Tai Chi Course, Sunday 4-6pm

Following the University semester dates. The course has already started from Sunday 1st October 2016.     Registration is open via the University Online Store (input "Tai Chi" into the search box).

Sino-English Corner (SEC)


Held on Tuesday evenings 7-9pm, at Students Union (opposite Santander Bank on Level 3), during university semester time, SEC provides opportunities for those interested in learning either Chinese or English to practice their target language and learn more about the target culture.

In addition, SEC is a place where you can find a peer tandem learning partner.

Furthermore, SEC organises outdoor activities and cultural events for all its members. The membership is free.

Mandarin Language Courses for Children and Parents at Weekends


Mandarin language tuition for children is offered through the CI's affiliated Star Mandarin School, which is open to children aged 4-18, on Saturdays.

Two streams of teaching programmes are offered for English-speaking children (aged ~5  and aged >8) and for Chinese-heritage children.

Beginners' Courses start in September every year.  Children who have learned Mandarin Chinese before can enroll at any time.

All courses follow school calendar with 34 weeks a year.  Please contact: /07846262870





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