31 May 2021

SCI Newsletter March-May 2021

The Sheffield Confucius Institute Newsletter: March-May 2021

SCI March-May Newsletter

SCI Update

The Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield has continued to hold language courses, seminars, training programmes, exams, cultural activities & a variety of other events during the past few months.

Read on for more details!

NEW 12-week Calligraphy Course

After the tremendous success of the recent Calligraphy workshop, the SCI launched its NEW Calligraphy Course on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

The 12-week course will introduce students to traditional Chinese Calligraphy, the tools used in calligraphy, its applications, history and meaning in day-to-day life.

Calligraphy brushes

Mandarin Chinese Summer School 2021 

The SCI recently announced its virtual summer school, starting in June 2021! This 4-week summer school will include Beginners and Intermediate levels & will consist of 2 x 2 hour classes each week.

The summer school costs £96 (Standard rate) or £80 (UoS student rate). Register via the University Online Store.

April HSK Exam: Home Edition

On Saturday 24 April, the SCI held the second home-edition HSK exam of 2021, folloing the previous exam on 13 March. Numerous students attended the home-edition exam, taking levels HSK 1 all the way up to HSK 5. The next home-edition HSK exam is scheduled for 5 June 2021.

HSK Logo

Statistics Classes on the use of "R"

On the 18 and 20 of May 2021, the SCI organised two lectures on the use of "R" for our in-house and part-time teachers. The lectures were each two hours and covered a variety of topics, including logistic regression, mixed effects models, pairwise comparisons and random variation - all common themes when working with the "R" number and its data. The second lecture also looked into the practical applications of this data and how it can be collected, presented and analysed.

The lectures were given by Lewis Baker and James Turner, both PhD students from the University of Southampton.


On Wednesday 26 May 2021, the SCI held its annual End of Year Celebration Event. The event consisted of performances by students and teachers, a virtual quiz, fun activities and gave everyone the opportunity to share their experiences over the past year. Some of our students even won prizes for their scores on the quiz!

As a number of the in-house teachers will soon be returning to China over the summer, it was a wonderful opportunity for the teachers to express their thanks and share their own experiences of working at the Sheffield Confucius Institute over the last few years. In turn, students also thanked their teachers for their hard work and commitment, especially during the last year.

The event bought a close to the Spring semester 2021 and was a great success.

SCI End of Year Event 2021


On April 7 2021, the SCI jointly hosted the 1st Virtual Training Programme for Chinese Teachers of Primary & Secondary Schools in the UK, along with Beijing Language & Culture University (BLCU).

Associate Professor Tian Xin, Deputy Director of the International Education Management Department at BCLU and Associate Professor Li Xiao, Deputy Director of the Sheffield Confucius Institute gave speeches to congratulate the participants who had successfully completed the training programme.


Earlier in the month on April 2 2021, students from the Sheffield Confucius Institute Youth Department achieved excellent results in the annual "Global Chinese Youth Composition Competition". The competition was hosted by the Chinese Education Foundation and the Beijing No. 4 Online School.

The Youth Department at the Sheffield Confucius Institute selected and submitted ten outstanding works to participate in the competition.

After a rigorous review by the organisers, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Outstanding prizes were handed out. Among the ten works selected and sent by the SCI Youth Department, seven works won 1st prize, 3rd prize and Outstanding prizes respectively. Well done to all the students for taking part and their hard work. Congratulations also to our students for achieving such amazing results!

SCI Youth Department Composition Competition

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