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

Confucius Institute Scholarship_Study in China

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 Confucius Institute Scholarship

2016 Confucius Institute Scholarship Application Procedure

Mandarin Language Courses for Adults

- "Survival Chinese" 5-evening Intensive Course

Survival ChineseOpen three times a year (end of September, early February and early June), 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,  19-23 September 2016, 6-8pm at the CI office, Shearwood Road, S10 2TD

Fees: £60 standard and £50 for Students/people over 60. 

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

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

SCI coursesThese courses follow the University semester time, but are not-university-credited, therefore they are open to everyone. Two courses are available for absolute beginners: Business Chinese beginners and Beginners Mandarin. Courses can be followed up for several semesters.

All courses follow the University semester dates and open on weekday evenings, 7-9pm. The next round of courses will start from Monday 26th September 2016.

Click for SCI courses, Current Timetable Spring Semester 2016.

Registration via the University Online Store (input "Mandarin" in the search box) (available in the early September).

- One-to-One 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 via the University Online Store (input "Mandarin" in the search box)

- Chinese Brush Calligraphy Course, Tuesdays, 5-7pm

Instructor is the President of Calligraphy Association at Beijing Language and Cultural University (BLCU), Mr. Lin Cong.     

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

Following the University semester dates. The next round of courses will start from Monday 26th September 2016.    Registration is via the University Online Store (input "Tai Chi" into the search box).

Now Open- HSK Preparation Courses and Chinese Calligraphy, May - June 2016

Open to all who have learned Mandarin Chinese. The aim of HSK/HSKK courses is to consolidate what you have learned and to excel the requirements of your corresponding Chinese Proficiency (HSK/HSKK) level.

Chinese Calligraphy class, aimed as a form of meditation and appreciation of a fine art, will focus on practising under a step-by-step guidance, producing graceful scripts and building Chinese characters. Ink, Brush and papers are all provided.

- six weekly sessions (the first week is free)
- Dates: 23rd May - 30th June 2016
- Venue: Confucius Institute office, 5 Shearwood Road, S10 2TD
- Fees:  rate of £5/h, total £50 (for 5 sessions, one session is free)
            For Calligraphy, £3/h, total £30 (for 5 sessions, one session is free)

(1). HSK Level2 course, Wednesday, 7-9pm
(2). HSK Level3 (HSKK Basic) course, Wednesday, 7-9pm
(3). HSK Level4 Lower (HSKK Intermediate) course, Thursday, 7-9pm
(4). Chinese Calligraphy, Thursday, 5-7pm

* A class may not open if there are less than 5 learners registered. To register, please go to the University Online Store (input "HSK" in 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. Parents classes run at the same time as the children's.  Children who have learned Mandarin before can enrol at any time.

All courses follow school calendar with 35 weeks a year.  Please contact: /07846262870





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