About Us


The Confucius Institute at the University of Hull (CIUH) was founded in February 2016, funded by the Ministry of Education of China, whose stated aim is to promote Chinese language and culture, support local Chinese teaching and facilitate cultural exchanges. Like all Confucius Institutes worldwide, the CIUH operates in co-operation with its Chinese partner, Tianjin Normal University (TJNU).

The institute is currently developing part-time, evening and vocational Chinese language training courses open to the general public, adult learners and local business. We also organise Chinese cultural events and exchange activities throughout the year, to increase mutual appreciation between China and the UK.

Our future plans are to train teachers and offer Chinese language programmes to local schools, colleges, businesses and the general public as well as current University staff and students.  We also hope to organise trips to China, providing a variety of language-cultural activities.


“The University of Hull has a strong track record in innovation in the teaching of language and cultural studies. Through our School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, Chinese Studies is already a key part of our offering – the establishment of the Confucius Institute at the University of Hull will build upon this and further strengthen our reputation as an anchor institution. With China being one of the world’s largest economies, this Institute provides a chance for people across the region to learn crucial language skills to get ahead in the global marketplace.”

– Professor Calie Pistorius, former Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull


“Confucius Institute at the University of Hull is a bridge between the University and Tianjin Normal University. With this stage we can broaden our collaboration in terms of teaching, education, research and technology.”

– Professor Gao Yubao, President of Tianjin Normal University