Kong Zi Institute

Director’s Message

Chen Zhong, Chinese Director of Kong Zi Institute University of Malaya (KZIUM)

The world is changing. More than 150 years ago, Chinese language was not allowed to be taught to foreigners, because the Chinese believe their language is a gift from heaven to keep their country above all other nations. But now, the Kong Zi Institute is here, doing its best to promote Mandarin and Chinese culture. Why the change, because we think the world should be peaceful and all nations are equal, no one is supposed to be superior to others. Peace and harmony are the essences of Chinese culture. We hope that by learning Chinese language, you will get a better understanding of Chinese culture and appreciate the good nature of China.

Modern technology has made the earth a smaller planet, but it doesn’t automatically bring people’s heart closer. Only through communication and mutual understanding, we can shorten the distance between countries, nations and persons. That is the reason two countries, two universities have been working together to establish this Kong Zi Institute. We also look forward to meeting and working with all friends who share the same vision and attitude to make the world a better place for us and the future generations.

Professor Datuk Dr. Azarae Bin Haji Idris, Malaysia Director of Kong Zi Institute (KZIUM)

Welcome to the website of Kong Zi Institute University of Malaya (KZIUM). First and foremost, on behalf of the management and ‘family members’ of the Malaysian Kong Zi Institute in particular and the world Kong Zi fraternity in general, allow us to express our appreciation and gratitude to your good self for ‘visiting’ our virtual premise. KZIUM was established in 2009 as a G-to-G programme between the governments of China and Malaysia. University Malaya (UM) was selected as the host for Malaysia and Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) for China.

The primary responsibility for KZIUM is the teaching of Manderin language to non-Chinese speaking citizens particularly among the Malays. So far we have taught over 1500 students from UM, National Defense University (UPNM), Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), various government departments and agencies through the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relation (IDFR) and the public. Our secondary role is the promotion of the mainland Chinese culture through social-based activities such as the celebration of the various Chinese festivals, martial arts classes (‘Tai chi’), Chinese calligraphy exhibition, Chinese cooking and the practice traditional Chinese medicines. Above all, the birth of KZIUM strengthened the already cordial relationship between the two nations. It is the second bridge linking China and Malaysia and is not restricted to the above said roles but may go beyond that as for example in facilitating businesses or investments. It is our pleasure to have you on board and greatly honoured by it. We highly appreciate your participation in our programmes, your ideas and other forms of contribution, if any.


Confucius Institute Headquarters
Hanban (Chinese Language Council International)

The Chinese Language Council International Office, (Hanban) was established by the Chinese Government in 1987. Hanban is well renowned in Kong Zi Institute and is also one of the main sponsors of the Chinese Bridge competition, a competition among non-native speakers based on their Chinese language proficiency. Hanban commits itself in advancing the teachings of the Chinese language and providing better insights of the Chinese culture resources as well as making its services available worldwide. Hanban works relentlessly in meeting the demands of global Chinese learners to the utmost fluency not forgetting the contribution of global cultural diversity and harmony. Generally, the Council is in charge with cultivating adequate knowledge and interest in the Chinese language and culture throughout the world.

Chinese Bridge

The “Chinese Bridge” is an international contest sponsored by Hanban. It is well known worldwide in terms of its cultural and educational exchanges. It set sights on building enthusiasm in students to learn Chinese and strengthening their knowledge and understanding of the Chinese culture. This competition consists of three parts which are Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign High School Students and Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Students…

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Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)

The new HSK test, launched by Hanban is an effort to boost the learning rate of the Chinese language students. This state of the art examination is the result of coordinated efforts by elite experts from different disciplines including Chinese teachings, linguistics, psychologists and educational measurements. Moreover, this examination format combines the advantages of the original HSK whilst taking into account the most recent trends of the Chinese language training…

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Confucius Institute Scholarship Program

The Confucius Institute Scholarship Program intends to support the development of the Confucius Institute by facilitating Chinese language and culture promotion on a wide spread basis. It also helps to cultivate qualified teachers and allow talented students to excel. This particular program provides financial aid for students, scholars and Chinese language teachers alike who wish to precede a higher-level education of the Chinese Language…

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