The Confucius Institute at Karlstad University was co-established between Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) and Karlstad University, and is the first overseas Confucius Institute built by SWJTU.
The Confucius Institute is responsible for the following: designing and providing training courses for Chinese language teachers; cultivating Chinese teaching talent for local schools; organizing activities such as the “Chinese Film Festival”, the “Chinese Gourmet Festival”, and the “Experience of Chinese Culture” which provide a platform for non Chinese people to learn about the Chinese culture; establishing such cultural interest groups as the “Interest Group for Calligraphy”, the “Interest Group for Chinese Kung Fu”, the “Interest Group for Chinese Dance” and which are all based on students’ different interests; initiating short-term activities such as winter camps and summer camps which offer students an opportunity to know and experience Chinese culture; carrying out various exhibitions on Chinese culture which help introduce its broadness and profoundness.
Karlstad University is one of the ten comprehensive universities in Sweden with a sound Chinese teaching environment. The Confucius Institute, jointly founded by SWJTU and Karlstad University, will increase enthusiasm among the Swedes for learning Chinese and enhance their understanding of the Chinese culture, and will help build a platform for communication and cooperation between the two countries at many different levels.
Since its establishment, the Confucius Institute at Karlstad University has launched and participated in more than 30 activities, which have made a great contribution to the development of the Institute. Two Chinese courses were put on during the autumn semester of 2011-2012, with 53 persons taking the courses; four Chinese courses were run during the spring semester of 2011-2012, with 56 having taken the courses. At the same time, selective Chinese courses were made avaiable in the distinguished Lundsberg private middle school and 21 students took these courses.
In addition, the Confucius Institute at Karlstad University has developed rapidly and maintained close relations with local universities and schools as well as enterprises. The goal is to popularize Chinese teaching and culture in more and more institutions, promoting the spread of Chinese culture and enhancing the function of the Institute’s cultural transmission.
In retrospect, the Confucius Institute has achieved great success, but still faces a challenging task in the future. The first anniversary of the establishment of the Confucius Institute at Karlstad University is a great opportunity for the School of International Education to strengthen its exchange and cooperation with Sweden, and to help facilitate Chinese education in reaching a higher level.