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Confucius Institute

Culture - Learning - Research

About Us

The inception of the Confucius Institute at Bangor University took place in September 2012, contributing to a vast network of more than 500 similar institutions globally. In the United Kingdom, there are presently 30 Confucius Institutes, with three of them located at distinguished Welsh universities - Bangor, Cardiff, and the University of Wales Trinity St. David.

The Confucius Institute at Bangor University plays a pivotal role in fostering mutual understanding between the nations of Wales and China and serve as a strategic gateway in promoting harmonious interactions and mutual appreciation among global communities. 

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In Bangor, this venture provides an important opportunity for the people, communities, businesses and organisations of north Wales to engage on a journey of understanding into modern and classical China. Conversely, the Institute enables us here in north Wales to promote our rich culture, language and heritage in its many forms to China; a cultural, educational and intellectual exchange that is embodied as a meeting of the Two Dragons.

Bangor University’s uniquely bilingual environment, and its well established international profile, makes this an ideal place to support the work of the Confucius Institute: a setting that serves as a seedbed of enrichment to maintain national diversity and one that promotes cultural comparability between nations.


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Meet the Team

Our Directors

The Confucius Institute at Bangor University is guided by a dynamic duo of Directors, each possessing expertise in their respective academic fields. Both Directors share a deep commitment to the Institute's overarching mission, which revolves around fostering the appreciation and understanding of Chinese language and culture in the beautiful region of north Wales.

Dr Lina Davitt, Director

Lina completed a MA in Economics from the prestigious University of National and World Economy in Bulgaria. She then pursued her passion for understanding the human mind by earning a BSc in Psychology, followed by an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience. Her thirst for knowledge and dedication to her field eventually culminated in a PhD from Bangor University's School of Psychology.

Originating from the serene town of Peshtera, nestled in the picturesque Rodopi Mountains of Bulgaria, Lina's upbringing instilled in her a deep appreciation for nature and culture. Lina has been an integral part of the Confucius Institute's team for over ten years and was appointed as the Director of the CI in 2018.

Lina's research interests span a wide spectrum, encompassing the fascinating intersection of science, art, and education. She thrives on interdisciplinary collaborations with colleagues within Bangor University, as well as with the esteemed China University of Political Science and Law, which is a partner university of the Confucius Institute. Beyond these institutions, she actively engages with fellow educators across the global network of Confucius Institutes.

Being part of the Confucius Institute allows Lina to play a significant role in guiding students on their language and cultural learning journeys. She firmly believes that immersing oneself in a new language and culture opens the door to boundless possibilities, fostering understanding, tolerance, and empowerment to navigate the world with thoughtfulness and compassion.

Outside the academic realm, Lina's compassionate nature extends to rescuing animals in need, exemplifying her commitment to making the world a better place for all beings. She finds solace in yoga and often explores the breath-taking Welsh mountains, accompanied by her loyal canine companion during her leisure time.

Professor XU Dan, Director

DAN Xu is a distinguished member of our team, holding a dynamic academic background with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Beijing Normal University, a Bachelor of Laws in Law from China University of Political Science and Law, and a Master of Arts in International Comparative Education from Beijing Normal University.

DAN Xu's career has been significantly influenced by her extensive tenure at China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. From 2002 to 2018, she served as Section Chief of the International Cooperation Department in the School of International Education. During this period, she expertly managed a diverse portfolio of international programs, including the collaborative LLM program with prestigious institutions such as Temple University (USA) and impactful summer study programs in close collaboration with universities in the USA and Australia.

Her responsibilities extended beyond program management, as she also assumed a vital role in overseeing the Chinese Law LLM and PhD programs designed exclusively for international students. DAN Xu's dedication further extended to the efficient management of administrative responsibilities linked to international exchange students, ensuring their seamless integration into the academic community.

Building on her rich international experience and unwavering commitment to global education, DAN Xu undertook the role of Vice Dean at the School of International Education from July 2018 to July 2023. In this position, her purview encompassed the comprehensive oversight of international student affairs, cooperative education programs, Chinese language training, and the dynamic landscape of international scholarship initiatives at CUPL.

DAN Xu's quest for global engagement transcends her work responsibilities. She has actively participated in various study programs and workshops conducted in diverse corners of the world, including Cuba, Iceland, the United States, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. This gives her keen insight into international education and collaboration.

With DAN Xu's rich expertise, unwavering dedication, and passionate commitment to fostering international educational connections, she is an invaluable asset to our Confucius Institute, continuously enriching the educational experience for all.

Chinese Language Tutors

  • LI Xiuli, Senior Teacher
  • ZHANG Xianke, Senior Teacher
  • LUO Yuanyuan, Senior Teacher
  • ZHANG Houxing, Senior Teacher
  • CHEN Mengling, Tutor
  • LIU Xuanchen, Tutor
  • CAI Wenting, Tutor
  • ZHAI Pupu, Tutor
  • ZHANG Lanxin, Tutor

Local Tutors

  • YANG Li (Annie), Tutor
  • LU Bixiao, Tutor
  • JIANG Jingjing, Tutor
  • Melanie Brown, Tutor

Marketing and Administration

  • Diane Hamilton- Senior Clerical Officer

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who have been part of our journey since the inception of the Institute. Over the years, we have been truly blessed to welcome a multitude of exceptionally talented individuals into our team. Their unwavering commitment, boundless passion, and constant inspiration have propelled us to where we stand today.

We want to take a moment to express our sincerest thanks to each and every one of you. Your dedication and contributions have been invaluable, shaping the very essence of our Institute. Without your enduring support, we would not have achieved the milestones we celebrate today.

From the depths of our hearts, we say, "Thank you!" Your presence has illuminated our path, and we look forward to continuing this remarkable journey together, driven by a shared vision and an unwavering spirit.

Former Directors

  • Associate Professor FU Yao - China University of Political Science and Law, 2021-2023
  • Associate Professor LI Kunyan - China University of Political Science and Law, 2018-2021
  • Dr David Joyner – Bangor University, 2013-2018
  • Prof Xin Yanjun – China University of Political Science and Law, 2016-2018
  • Prof Zeng Tao - China University of Political Science and Law, 2014-2016
  • Prof Zhang Liying - China University of Political Science and Law, 2012-2014
  • Dr Wei Shi – Bangor University, 2012-2013

Former Chinese Language Tutors

  • LU Shan, Senior Teacher
  • YU Kewen, Senior Teacher
  • WANG Zhijun, Senior Teacher
  • SHI Di, Senior Teacher
  • HAO Ruili, Senior Teacher
  • YANG Fengxian, Senior Teacher
  • GAO Jing, Senior Teacher
  • LI Yan, Senior Teacher
  • LIU Chang, Senior Teacher
  • LIU Huayi, Senior Teacher
  • LI Zhihui, Tutor
  • YU Meng, Tutor
  • YU Xuan, Tutor
  • ZHAO Jinfang, Tutor
  • LI Shanshan, Tutor
  • WANG Ping, Tutor
  • GUO Jingxuan, Tutor
  • LIU Yuan, Tutor
  • JIN Xi, Tutor
  • ZHU Guoying, Tutor
  • LIU Chang,Tutor
  • LIU Pingyi, Tutor
  • CHEN Mengyin, Tutor
  • LI Shuhui, Tutor
  • LIU Zhongjie, Tutor
  • SHI Mengnan, Tutor
  • SHI Yawen, Tutor
  • LI Xuan, Tutor
  • LI Qian, Tutor
  • HAN Xioyi, Tutor
  • GAO Dandan, Tutor
  • CHEN Yuxi, Tutor
  • CHANG Jiaming, Tutor
  • WEI Wang, Tutor
  • GAO Maoxin, Tutor
  • HUO Junming, Tutor
  • FANG Zechen, Tutor
  • HE Ping, Tutor
  • HUANG Hanya, Tutor
  • LIU Miaomiao, Tutor
  • XI Peng, Tutor
  • YI Guimei, Tutor
  • CHEN Hui, Tutor
  • JIA Wen , Tutor
  • LI Zhiwei, Tutor
  • FAN Jiaming, Tutor
  • XIE Zixuan, Tutor
  • WANG Yueming, Tutor
  • LIU Xiaoyu, Tutor
  • ZHANG Jiaqi, Tutor
  • ZHANG Zhongyan, Tutor
  • YIN Jiexin, Tutor
  • YANG Mengchun, Tutor
  • WANG Yifan, Tutor
  • ZHANG Jun, Tutor
  • QI Li, Tutor
  • QI Shujun, Tutor
  • HUANG Ruiqun, Tutor

Former Marketing and Administration Staff

  • Vicky Washington, Programme Manager 2013-2017
  • Shailaja Bakshi, Office Manager 2018-2020
  • Isabel Linton, Senior Clerical Officer 2020-2023
  • Dr Nia Jones, Senior Clerical Officer 2023-2023

Former Internship Students

  • Norramon Tengcharoensuk -2017
  • Gretta Louise Bunn -2017
  • Yuqiao Cai -2019
  • Joseph Clark - 2020

Former Artist in Residence

  • Mr Ray Murphy 2015-2019

Discover the Power of Mandarin Language at the Confucius Institute, Bangor University!

Find out more about our learning options

At the heart of our institute's mission lies the central focus on Chinese (Mandarin) language provision. We take great pride in offering a comprehensive array of learning opportunities, not only to schools and colleges but also to groups and individuals seeking to embrace this captivating language.

Our dedication to lifelong learning drives us to introduce the beauty and richness of the Chinese language throughout north Wales. Whether you're a student, a professional, or an enthusiast, we warmly welcome learners of all abilities and backgrounds.

Tailored Learning for All

Our classes are thoughtfully crafted to suit the needs and preferences of each learner. Whether you wish to learn as a group or individually, we have the perfect learning experience for you. We understand that every learner's journey is unique, and our dedicated instructors are here to support you every step of the way.

Unleash the Potential of Mandarin

With Mandarin rapidly becoming a global language of communication and business, acquiring proficiency in it opens doors to numerous opportunities. Whether it's for personal growth, academic pursuits, or career advancement, our Mandarin language classes are designed to empower you with essential linguistic skills and cultural insights.

A Rich Cultural Experience

At the Confucius Institute, language learning goes beyond textbooks. We provide an immersive and enriching cultural experience, enabling you to appreciate the nuances of Chinese traditions, customs, and heritage. Our classes seamlessly blend language with culture, making the learning process engaging and inspiring.

Join Our Vibrant Community

Be part of our diverse and vibrant community, where learners of all ages and backgrounds come together to embrace the beauty of Mandarin and foster cross-cultural understanding. Together, we create an environment that encourages growth, friendship, and meaningful connections.

Ready to Begin Your Journey?

Whether you're starting from scratch or seeking to enhance your existing skills, we have the right class for you. Explore our wide range of language programs and discover the one that suits your goals and schedule.

Connect with Us

Follow us on social media to engage with our community, share your language-learning experiences, and get a glimpse of the fascinating world of Chinese culture.

Get ready to embark on an unforgettable linguistic and cultural adventure with us at the Confucius Institute, Bangor University. Together, let's explore the power of Mandarin and open doors to a world of opportunities!

Online Learning Resources

Discover the Excitement of Chinese Language and Culture from Anywhere!

Embark on a transformational journey of language and cultural discovery. Register for our Zoom-based Chinese language courses or dive into our captivating video classes on Chinese culture.

Embrace the world of Chinese language and culture through our innovative Zoom platform and captivating video classes. Together, let's open doors to new horizons and connect with the essence of China's rich heritage.

For more details and registration visit our Online Learning Resources page.

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"This course was the best!"

"The teacher is so good. She taught everything in the very best way and all the lessons were filled with breakout rooms and collaboration practices."

HSK Online Student

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"Thank you all!"

"I really enjoyed the course and learning more about Chinese culture."

-Mandarin Summer School Student

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“A very lively, enigmatic and engaging teacher."

"An interesting and valuable insight into Chinese language and culture.”

- Ysgol Friars

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‘…But the class is much more than that, as each of the tutors takes turns introducing a wide variety of fascinating topics on Chinese Culture, and we get an insight into what is unique to China and what is shared with our own culture.  I think this approach is crucial to building links between people and cultures.’

Chinese Corner student

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Thank you very much for an excellent learning opportunity

'I enjoyed every minute of it and will definitely keep an eye on future events.'

Mandarin Summer School Student

David Hughes School

Excellent service from start to finish!

Pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed the workshops. Especially the more practical element offered.

David Hughes School


All activities were enjoyable!

These workshops not only celebrate the vibrant traditions of Chinese New Year but also promote cross-cultural appreciation and unity among our students.’ Our Lady’s School


The Confucius Institute at Bangor University benefits not only from the wealth of academic excellence and expertise at Bangor, but also from that of its international partner, China’s leading law school: the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing. This partnership has created particularly strong links in the area of law, with many collaborations taking place between CUPL and Bangor University’s School of Law.

Our core research strengths also include Law, Business, Music, Modern Languages, Linguistics, Psychology and Education – in focusing on these and forming strategic partnerships to maximise the opportunities available – we aim to develop an international research portfolio that will cross cultural, economic and political divides between north Wales and China.

Our Directors

The Confucius Institute at Bangor University also benefits from the academic expertise of its two Directors.

Research Staff

Past Projects

  • An ethnobotanical survey investigating medicinal plant use by Chinese population in North Wales in collaboration with Dr Sophie Williams, Lecturer in Conservation in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University, and post-doctoral researcher at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden. 
  • Intercultural communication project investigating how Chinese students intergrate in UK and other European countries. The project is in collaboration with Prof. Olga Leontovich, Head of the Department of Intercultural Communication and Translation at Volgograd State Pedagogical University (VSPU), the largest teacher training university in southern Russia. 
  • DynaMost - Digitisation of series of lectures on Chinese dynasties. In collaboration with Petar Miladinov, Lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Library Scientific and Cultural policies at St.Kliment Ohridski University, Sofia, Bulgaria.


Whether your interest lies in language, music, art, craft, film, cuisine, dance, costume or heritage, there’s something to suit every taste in our year-round programme of events, which aims to promote Chinese culture and cultural collaboration across north Wales.

Our public events include activities such as calligraphy, paper-cutting, musical performance, tai qi and kite painting, and we also offer cultural workshops to community groups and schools to suit requirement.

Academic research at Bangor University builds on this activity, with collaborations taking place in the Schools of Business, Law, Music, Modern Languages and Cultures, Linguistics, Education and SENRGY (School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography).

China’s highly diverse and culturally rich ethnic population is also represented, acknowledging the country’s 56 recognised ethnic groups, and exploring aspects of culture and language unique to these in relation to our own ancient and vibrant culture here in north Wales.

Past Events - Highlights

Every year the Confucius Institute organises spectacular Chinese New Year celebrations in Bangor, including many live performances, such as the Chinese Gala, traditional Chinese arts and crafts workshops, Dragon Parade, Martial arts performances, etc.

Chinese New Year 2023- Check our YouTube Channel

Chinese New Year 2024 - Check our YouTube Channel

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Contact Us

For more information about any of our cultural, learning or research activities, please email us at: confuciusinstitute@bangor.ac.uk or call: 01248 388555.

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