UK Prime Minister David Cameron Enthusiastically Supports the Development of Confucius Institutes in His Letter to Vice Minister of UK Department for Education

[Source]    Hanban [Time]    2014-04-28 13:42:20 

The full text of the signed letter from UK Prime Minister David Cameron

In his letter dated 27 February 2014, UK Prime Minister David Cameron wrote to the Vice Minister of UK Department for Education Liz Truss (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State) with his enthusiastic praise for the positive contribution made by Confucius Institutes to the promotion of Chinese language teaching in the UK. He pointed out that the establishment of Confucius Institutes has led to the increase number of young learners of Chinese language in the UK and brought forth inspiring prospects. He also stressed on the necessity to strengthen the ties between China and the UK and support the establishment of a Model Confucius Institute at the Institute of Education (IOE), University of London. The full text of the letter is as follows.

Dear Elizabeth,

During my recent visit to China I announced the UK's ambition to double the number of people learning Chinese languages in the UK from 200,000 to 400,000 by 2020. The estimated growth in the number of young people learning Mandarin as a result of establishing a Confucius Institute is hugely encouraging. By the end of 2016 the demand for Chinese learning in primary schools alone will have doubled; and by 2019 the number of children of primary school age learning Mandarin will have grown from around 30,000 to over 130,000.

The work of the Confucius Institute will complement the exceptional work that the Hanban has been leading in partnership with the British Council. The vision is powerful; to double the number of children learning Chinese in schools, ultimately aiming for one teacher of Mandarin Chinese for every three secondary schools so that every child has the opportunity to learn Mandarin should they want to do so.

I am extremely supportive of the discussion you are undertaking with Madam Xu Lin of Hanban with regard to establishing a model Confucius Institute in London. This model Institute would enable thousands more young people to learn Mandarin and would complement the exciting progress already being made by the Confucius Institute in the UK. I look forward to hearing the outcome of your discussion.


By the end of 2013, there are altogether 25 Confucius Institutes and 92 Confucius Classrooms in the UK with 97,000 students, accounting for 50% of the total number of students in Europe. The Confucius Institutes in the UK have operated very well with full support from the British side. The Chinese teaching and cultural activities of Confucius Institutes in the UK are colourful and of great taste, which are often attended by political leaders of China, the UK and other countries.


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