About: The Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute (Chinese: 孔子学院; pinyinKǒngzǐ Xuéyuàn) is a non-profit public educational organisation operating in approximately 480 countries whose aim is to provide Chinese language and cultural training resources to foreigners as well as to facilitate cultural and educational exchanges. The Confucius Institute seeks to meet the increased demands of foreign Chinese language students as a result of China’s rapidly growing economy as well as to foster the development of multiculturalism and to develop friendly relations between China and other countries.
Confucius Institutes operate around the world within established universities, colleges and secondary schools around the world, providing funding, teachers and educational materials. The Confucius Institute Headquarters, known by the acronym Hanban, are located in Beijing, China. Barbados’ Confucius Institute is located at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. The Confucius Institute is named in honour of Confucius (K’ung Fu-tzu), a great ancient Chinese philosopher.
For more information on the Confucius Institute, please visit the Confucius Institute Headquarters’ official website here: http://english.hanban.org/node_10971.htm

He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger. (Confucius, Chinese philosopher)

News & Events

At the beginning of 2021, the Confucius Institute (C.I.) bid farewell to its Chinese Volunteer teachers. The C.I. is embarking on a new phase, utilizing regional persons, qualified in Chinese Language and Culture to teach Mandarin.

The Chinese Testing International Co. Ltd., at its last meeting, approved the following fees for the Confucius Institute, University of the West Indies, effective April 21, 2020.

On the 10th of November 2020, the Confucius Institute (CI) participated in the online Open House, as part of the Faculty of Humanities and Education, held online via Zoom.  

On the 30th of October, 2020, members of the Barbados Public Library welcomed the Co-Directors and staff members of the Cave Hill Campus Confucius Institute to their Bridgetown location, when, in an effort to create better understanding of China in Barbados, the Confucius Institute made a donation to the National Library Service of books and DVDs on various aspects of Chinese history and culture.