Confucius Institute launch at La Trobe

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

confucius2-standardThe launch will be 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 will follow the official proceedings and will be 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 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 and we are looking forward to the official launch in mid November,’ 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 aims to give a better understanding of China for La Trobe staff, students and the local community,’ Professor Pei said.

An exhibition of Chinese art and books will also be on display in the Melbourne campus Library from Tuesday 15 – Thursday 17 November from 9 am – 5 pm.  Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting will be demonstrated on site.


When: From 10 am, Wednesday 16 November 2011     
Where: The Agora, La Trobe University, Melbourne campus, Kingsbury Drive, Bundoora 3086. The campus map (PDF 1.75MB) can be viewed online.


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Nicole Humphreys, Media and Communications Unit
T: 9479 6533 E: n.humphreys@latrobe.edu.au

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