Confucius Institute: a vital link to opportunities
The impact of China's growth on the Australian economy is well documented. However, the opportunities offered by the 'Asian century' will not materialise themselves.
As modern China surges into the 21st century and finds its place on the world stage, it's richness of culture and tradition remains at the core of Chinese identity. This, in addition to China being our largest and fastest-growing trading partner, presents a compelling case for greater Chinese literacy as closer ties are established between our two nations.
Rhys Palmer, Director of the Confucius Institute, says that apart from the direct impact of China's economic growth on life in Australia, it is one of the world's great civilisations from which there is much to learn.
"China today is bursting with creative energy," he said.
The Confucius Institute is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to enhancing the understanding of Chinese language and culture in our region. It works with China and our educational, business and general communities to foster a deeper understanding of each other's societies. Through high quality language and cultural literacy programs, the Institute is fast becoming a leader in strengthening these vital links.
Rhys said that the University's relationship with and commitment to China has also been strengthened.
"The University has been establishing relationships with China for many years. In recent times, these relationships have deepened and expanded as we develop closer ties with a growing number of universities and partners in China."
Certainly, it's exciting times with many opportunities for the University and our region - thanks to the work of the Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle.
Cultural, literacy and business programs are open to all communities
The Confucius Institute's language and cultural classes are available to anyone wanting to increase their Chinese literacy. Classes start the week commencing 17 July. Find more information here
If you would like to gain an understanding of Chinese business practices, the Engaging with China six week online course is now open for intake. Find more information here