On 24th October 2015, the Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes University was officially launched by the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) and Oxford Brookes University (OBU) on the OBU campus. This is the first Confucius Institute co-established by a publishing corporation and a university. Present at the ceremony were Minister Counsellor (Educational) Shen Yang at the Chinese Embassy in the UK, OBU Vice Chancellor Alistair Fitt, Pro Vice Chancellor Paul Inman, the CI British Director Angus Phillips, FLTRP President Cai Jianfeng and Vice President, the CI Chinese Director Fan Xiaohong.
At the opening ceremony, FLTRP (UK) Ltd presented its first Chinese themed book Traditional Chinese Gardens: Where Man and Nature Are One (English version) and the two organizers jointly held an exhibition named Wisdom of the East—Calligraphy Exhibition of Key Concepts in Chinese Thought and Culture. The books and the exhibition have impressed the guests with their innovative telling of Chinese stories.
Counsellor Shen Yang said in his speech, “The Confucius Institutes all over the world have been acting as cultural name cards of China going international to actively promote Chinese language and culture. Located in Oxford, the world famous academic city, the Confucius Institute at OBU will surely play an important role in facilitating Sino-British, Sino-Europe and global cultural exchange.”
In recent years, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) has been encouraging diversity of the organizers of Confucius Institutes, such as social organizations and enterprises. It is the background for the establishment of the Confucius Institute at OBU.</p> <p>FLTRP President Cai Jianfeng said in his speech, “Of the nearly 500 Confucius Institutes all over the world, ours is the first one co-founded by a publishing corporation and a university. We hope to carry on this spirit of innovation into our operations in the future.
Located on the campus of OBU, the Confucius Institute at OBU will provide professional CLT training and services for learners in the Oxford area, design and publish books on Chinese themes, and organize cultural exchange programs. With the strengths of FLTRP and OBU in cultural communication, education and publishing, the new Institute will explore opportunities in building an Online Language Community in Oxford, focusing on Chinese-themed publishing and research, building a Sino-British academic communication platform and promoting Sino-British cooperation in cultural creative industries.