Confucius Institute launch at La Trobe (Issue 24, 2011)

La Trobe University Confucius Institute

Confucius Institute launch and La TrobeKey dignitaries from China and Australia launched the La Trobe University Confucius Institute at the Melbourne campus on Wednesday 16 November.

The launch was preceded by a seminar given by Professor Lin Jianhua, President of Chongqing University on the challenges facing Chinese universities. Colourful Chinese cultural performances and a Chinese food festival followed the official proceedings and were open to the public.

Established in partnership with Chongqing University and with the support of the Chinese Government, the non-profit public institution will offer courses focusing on Chinese culture and language. The La Trobe University institute is the third Confucius Institute in Victoria and the tenth to open in Australia.

Professor John Rosenberg, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President of La Trobe University said the programs delivered by the Institute would enrich our staff and students’ lives and learning experiences in relation to China and Chinese language and culture and the Institute would also further strengthen the University’s engagement with local community.

‘The establishment of the Confucius Institute is a significant initiative for the University,’ Professor Rosenberg said.

Professor Pei Likun, Executive Director of the University’s Centre for China Studies, said the celebrations were a perfect opportunity for the La Trobe University and Bundoora communities to take in some traditional Chinese culture.

‘The launch celebrations embody the goals of the Institute – focusing on promoting Chinese culture in Melbourne’s north – and aimed to give a better understanding of China for La Trobe staff, students and the local community,’ Professor Pei said.

For more information on La Trobe University’s Confucius Institute, visit latrobe.edu.au/confucius-institute.