Established in September 2012, the Confucius Institute at Bangor University is one of over 500 similar organisations worldwide. There are currently 30 Confucius Institutes in the UK, including three at universities in Wales (Bangor, Cardiff and University of Wales Trinity St. David’s).
- provide a strategically important portal for understanding between the peoples of different countries and China
- act as a catalyst for collaboration
- serve as a conduit for initiatives based on cultural exchange
The Two Dragons
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.
The opportunities are fantastic and the journey has only just begun. In these web pages you will see the broad range of activities we are presenting in this, our first year of operation. We hope you will feel inspired to: