Kong Zi Institute University of Malaya (KZIUM)
The establishment of the Kong Zi Institute in University of Malaya has helped much in building strong relationship between the people of China and Malaysia through our language courses, said Professor Jiang Yinlian, Chinese Director of the Institute. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Jiang claimed “Language learning is the best way to build better relationships and minimizing any gaps with people from diverse cultures and countries. Language works like a bridge to connect individuals”
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.
As one of the major universities under the direct leadership of the Chinese Ministry of Education, BFSU is not only the oldest, but also the one which offers the more number of foreign language programs in China. It serves as a national centre for teaching and conducting research on foreign languages, literature, and international studies, and as a major training centre for foreign language personnel, especially senior interpreters and translators. It also houses a leading press that publishes books, periodicals, dictionaries, and audio-visual and digital products related to foreign language teaching along with research.
The University of Malaya (or UM) is a public research university located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. By record, UM is the oldest university in Malaysia. The university’s name was first abbreviated as Malaya during the pre-independence period. The university was incorporated in 1949 as a public-funded tertiary institution. Up till today, it has more than 2,500 faculty members. In 2012, UM was granted autonomy status by the Ministry of Higher Education. In 2011, UM was ranked at 401 to 500 in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). And the THES – QS World University Rankings has ranked UM in the top 200 universities of the world.
Kong Zi Insitute main headquarters is located in Beijing, under the Office of the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban). The institution operates collaboratively with local affiliate colleges and universities around the world, and financing is shared between the Hanban and the other host institutions. The Confucius Classroom program partners with local secondary schools and school districts to provide experienced teachers and teaching materials.