History

The name "Confucius Institute", connected with the Chinese teacher and philosopher, refers to the idea of promoting Chinese language and culture. Owing to the developing network of these Institutes, it is possible to provide that proficiency of Chinese language is manageable. All around the world, there are about 1.4 billion native speakers of Mandarin Chinese which makes it the most prevalent language. The estimate of foreigners, studying this language, amounts to about 180 millions.

The idea of Confucius Institutes is relatively a new matter. The pilot institution was established in July 2004, in Tashkent (Iran). Five months later, the first Confucius Institute was set up in Seoul. Thenceforth, other Institutes have been established within many colleges all around the world, e.g., in Australia, the USA, South Africa, Canada, Germany, Singapore, Zimbabwe and Rwanda. The first European Confucius Institute was established in 2005, in Stockholm. Kraków Confucius Institute was set up as the first centre of Chinese language and culture in Poland and one hundred and eighth – in the world. Another Polish Confucius Institutes are located in Opole, Wrocław and Poznań. Nowadays, there are more than 440 Confucius Institutes all around the world (2013).

Why the first Polish Confucius Institute was opened just in Kraków? As an "academic city", Kraków has required the place for studying Chinese culture because the Institute of Middle and Far Eastern Studies was not able to fulfill this role totally. The Institute of Middle and Far Eastern Studies, which offers Chinese courses and modules of history, economy and culture of Middle Kingdom, was established by prof. Andrzej Kapiszewski who became a conceiver of Kraków Confucius Institute.

Dr Bogdan Zemanek was the first Polish director of Kraków Confucius Institute. Thenceforth, Adina Zemanek filled in for him. Since November 2010, dr Joanna Wardęga has performed this function. The first Chinese director was dr Mao Yinhui. Now Mr. Sun Zhongli performs this function. After a few years of developing and branching out, Kraków Confucius Institute was moved to a new dwelling, located in the city centre, at Radziwiłłowska St.

1 /image/image_gallery?uuid=4c05bcbf-2d92-4ee8-85b0-ec51087b41dc&groupId=30304575 560 375 W efekcie, 16 czerwca 2006 roku w Sali Senackiej Collegium Novum, Ambasador Chińskiej Republiki Ludowej Yuan Guisen i rektor Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego prof. Karol Musioł, podpisali list intencyjny w sprawie utworzenia Centrum Języka i Kultury Chińskiej – Instytutu Konfucjusza w Uniwersytecie Jagiellońskim. W lipcu prof. Władysław Miodunka, Prorektor UJ, i dr. hab. Adam Jelonek z Katedry Bliskiego i Dalekiego Wschodu odwiedzili Chiny, kontynuując rozmowy. Niecałe trzy miesiące po podpisaniu listu intencyjnego Instytut Konfucjusza został otwarty. Dzień po obchodach urodzin Konfucjusza, 29 września, pani Xu Lin, dyrektor Chińskiego Państwowego Biura Międzynarodowej Promocji Języka Chińskiego oraz Rektor UJ prof. Karol Musioł podpisali w Collegium Maius porozumienie o ustanowieniu Instytutu Konfucjusza w Krakowie. 2 $prev
2 /image/image_gallery?uuid=69301d10-8aa9-4b47-a3be-f85cd6e2c831&groupId=30304575 560 373 Druga część uroczystości odbyła się w III Kampusie 600-lecia Odnowienia UJ, gdzie odsłonięto dwujęzyczną tablicę z nazwą Instytutu. Uroczystość uświetnili: sekretarz stanu w Radzie Państwowej Chińskiej Republiki Ludowej pani Chen Zhili, minister oświaty Zhou Ji, Ambasador ChRL Yuan Guisen oraz przedstawiciele władz Krakowa i Małopolski. Goście zwiedzili pierwsze pomieszczenia Instytutu Konfucjusza, obejrzeli książki, będące zaczątkiem biblioteki Instytutu, oraz porozmawiali ze studentami – po chińsku oczywiście. 3 1
3 /image/image_gallery?uuid=e0b9a8f3-fec7-4ef6-8327-e2687c30b158&groupId=30304575 560 375 Pierwszym dyrektorem Instytutu Konfucjusza w Krakowie został dr Bogdan Zemanek. W okresie od marca do czerwca 2010 roku obowiązki dyrektora pełniła Adina Zemanek. W listopadzie 2010 roku funkcję dyrektora IK przejęła dr Joanna Wardęga. Dyrektorem ze strony chińskiej pierwotnie była dr Mao Yinhui. Obecnie funkcję tę pełni pan Sun Zhongli. Wraz z rozwojem i poszerzaniem działalności Instytut przeniósł się do nowej siedziby w centrum miasta – przy ul. Radziwiłłowskiej 4. 4 2

Our Objectives

The principal objective of Kraków Confucius Institute is to promote Chinese language and culture. Since 2007, the Institute has offered Chinese courses, dedicated to everyone who wants to learn this language (from pupils though students to seniors).

The Institute is going to organize also specialised courses, like "Business Chinese" and trainings for Chinese teachers. The cooperation with Beijing Foreign Studies University lets us employ qualified teachers.

Since 2010, Kraków Confucius Institute gives the possibility of taking the official test of Chinese language proficiency, Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) that enables to studying on Chinese universities. Before the examination, it is recommended to attend the HSK preparation course. Since 2012, HSK is held twice a year: in March and in May.

One of our tasks is to enrich the knowledge about China. Therefore, the Institute organizes lectures concerning different aspects of Chinese culture, trainings, film shows and exhibitions. We also celebrate traditional Chinese holidays. Kraków Confucius Institute aspires to become the main centre of Polish and Chinese cooperation in South Poland.

The contract with Beijing Foreign Studies University

On the day, when Kraków Confucius Institute was established, Rector of the Beijing Foreign Studies University – prof. Hao Ping and Rector of the Jagiellonian University – prof. dr hab. Karol Musioł signed the contract involving scholarly collaboration and student exchange between two universities.

Beijing Foreign Studies University (Beiwai) is one of the most significant universities in China. Here it is taught 35 languages (this is the widest choice of languages among all Chinese universities). Beiwai also offers other modules, like international trade, finances, management, law, journalism and diplomacy. Currently, Beiwai cooperates with twenty Confucius Institutes, e.g. in South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, UK and Spain.

Owing to the contract, Jagiellonian University and Beiwai have the possibility of exchanging staff and students and also sharing course materials and papers. Additionally, the universities are able to do joint research projects, organise conferences and publish scientific literature and training aids.