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Confucius Institute Dubai

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Confucius Institute Dubai

College name Confucius Institute Dubai
Director's name
Executive body or owner Ningxia University (China) and University of Dubai
Date founded March 2011
Number of students (approx)
Number of staff (approx)
Type of institute private college
College location / area University of Dubai, Deira (and/or Zayed University) (no map)
Postal address Dubai, UAE
Curriculum Chinese
College fees
Instructor salary range
Student satisfaction rating
3 stars from 4 votes.    
Parent satisfaction rating
5 stars from 1 vote.    
Instructor job satisfaction rating
(by instructors, not about instructors)
5 stars from 1 vote.    

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28 March 2011 - Confucius Institute open
  • Confucius Institute opened by the University of Dubai at an opening ceremony held at the The Cultural and Scientific Association in Dubai (press release 24 March 2011).
  • Director of the Confucius Institute named as Dr Mohayeedin Maxuezhong in press reports but not clear if they referred to the Dubai branch.
  • Contact details not supplied. Contact the University of Dubai for more information.
18 November 2010 - Confucius Institute Dubai opening date
  • Confucius Chinese School in Dubai is operating already? Gulf News report 18 November 2010 said Although the term is slated to begin on February 19, 2011, the institute is already teaching Chinese to a batch of nine police officers at the Dubai Police Academy.
  • Dubai Confucius Institute established by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry according to the same report.
  • Fees are AED 3,150 per semester? Or for each 4 month course? Not clear which.
  • No contact details or other information supplied. Try contacting Dubai University for more.
22 July 2010 - Confucius Institute in Dubai
  • The Confucius Institute in China had signed an agreement with the University of Dubai to establish a branch at the UOD / UD campus (press release).
  • Expected or planned opening date not supplied.
06 May 2010
  • The Confucius Institute of China plans to establish a branches in the UAE in collaboration with the Zayed University (ZU) in Dubai Academic City.
  • A May 2009 publication from ZU ("Destined to Lead") said "Seek approval from the People’s Republic of China for funding of a Confucius Institute in partnership with Xinjiang University and the Chinese communities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai to promote understanding of Chinese culture and to create a Chinese language curriculum."
  • The same publication said target year for establishment was 2010, with branches in both ZU Abu Dhabi and ZU Dubai. Project Leader's name was given as Bob Cryan.
  • That might have been delayed though according to a 13 February 2010 report in The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi which said "The UAE's first Confucius Institute is expected to open in 2011 at the new Zayed Campus in Khalifa City."
  • See also Confucius Institute in Abu Dhabi information.
  • A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between Zayed University and the Beijing Foreign Studies University which included the goal of establishing a Confucius Institute at Zayed University. Signing date was 18 November 2009.
  • As part of the agreement, there are plans to have a Chinese studies element of the ZU curriculum leading to course credits for ZU students.
  • A 24 April 2010 report in The National appeared to indicate that Khalifa University might be in a partnership with the Confucius Institute but no further information found to confirm that.
The Confucius Institute background information
  • The Confucius Institute is an organisation supporting and offering Chinese language teaching and cultural studies, with many branches around the world, mostly in collaboration with already existing universities and colleges in America (North, Central, and South), Asia, Australasia, Africa, Europe, Middle East.
  • The organisation operates under the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) in China.
  • Countries with a Confucius Institute include Afghanistan, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates (planned), United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe
  • According to a Xinhua News report 11 December 2009, there are 282 Confucius institutes, and 272 Confucius "classrooms" in 88 countries and regions as of November 2009.
  • The same report said the Confucius Institute was established in 2004, but didn't say where. A USA Today report says the first US Confucius Institute was established at the University of Maryland in 2004. A 02 October 2006 report in Xinhua news says the first Confucius Institute was founded in Seoul, South Korea with opening date in November 2004.
  • Expansion plans for Confusius Institutes were up to 500 worldwide by 2010 according to a Xinhua news report 06 December 2007. An earlier report on 02 October 2006 said 100 institutes by end 2006, and 1000 by 2020.
  • No website for the Confucius Institute in Dubai found, but some related websites are:
  • www.chinese.cn (new window) - Confucius Institute Online website for learning Chinese
  • www.confuciusinstitute.net - website for Confucius Institute Online seen in some sources, forwards to www.chinese.cn.
  • www.hanban.org (new window) - Office of Chinese Language Council International website, available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian.
Last update 03 April 2011
General comments - might not apply to Confucius Institute Dubai
  • Fees, facilities, education quality varies widely. Allow extra fees for visa, transport, accommodation.
  • Salaries, accommodation, other benefits for lecturer jobs vary substantially. Check contracts carefully for medical, housing, flight allowances, etc.
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