METU CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE


Aims

China’s growing global engagement requires promoting a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and contemporary China all over the world. As cultural and business ties between China and Turkey become more important, there is an increasing need to provide more opportunities to learn the Chinese language and introduce Chinese culture, history, economy, politics, and foreign policy to the academic community as well as the general public in Turkey. Both Turkey and China, having very distinguished cultural heritages, attach great importance to education.

 

Against this backdrop, METU strongly supported the establishment of the Confucius Institute as the first of its kind in Turkey. The Confucius Institute aims to promote Chinese language learning, the teaching of Chinese, and the understanding of the Chinese culture in Turkey. The institute offers general Chinese and business Chinese language courses to both METU students and the public. The business Chinese courses offered at the Institute promote a deeper understanding of China’s business climate, and helps students overcome linguistic, geographical and cultural barriers, enabling them to achieve a higher communicative competence in business contexts. The Institute organizes lectures, seminars, and workshops on Chinese culture and society.  It also puts forth efforts to facilitate research on both Chinese culture and enhance the relationship between Turkey and China.

 

In this context, through an effort to promote international education, the Confucius Institute at METU is not only a building with classrooms but a bridge linking Turkey and China, and providing an opportunity to enhance mutual understanding of our two languages and cultures. The Confucius Institute is introducing Chinese culture, history, economy, politics and foreign policy to Turkey’s academic community as well as to experts from other professions. With the goal of cultivating new collaborations among Chinese and Turkish academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and businesses. Furthermore, collaboration can also include the engagement of industrial partners to explore issues in technology development and transfer. METU’s Technopark, the biggest and the most developed of its kind in Turkey, is a great asset in this endeavor.

 

METU is willing to assume a special responsibility in preparing our students for a lifetime engagement with China and to support research that would advance our understanding of Chinese-Turkish relations. In this respect, METU has the capacity and administrative infrastructure to transfer the expertise on Chinese affairs that will spill over gradually to other Turkish and foreign universities.

 

Most importantly, our partnership and future work of the Confucius Institute will help enhance mutual understanding between the peoples of Turkey and China.  We expect the Confucius Institute contributes significantly to this end.

 

The major areas of activity:

  1. Language teaching: The Confucius Institute offers an extensive program of Chinese language training and teaching. A wide range of courses are open for the general public and for specific communities, such as preparation courses for study in China, training for Chinese tests (HSK), courses for children, professional development courses, translation, tourism, and business. Teaching will also cover evening courses for local communities, government organizations, schools and cultural agencies. Instructor training for Chinese, as well as the development of quality certification systems and standards for teaching testing and training are other activity areas. The institute is the only center in Ankara that offers the official Chinese Language Exam (HSK).
  2. The Confucius Institute aims at promoting cultural exchange and friendly relations with China through enhancing the understanding of Chinese society and culture. To this end, the Confucius Institute aims showcasing Chinese movies and TV programs, opening courses on Chinese literature, poetry, calligraphy, religion and thought, organizing lectures, seminars, workshops on Chinese culture and society, Chinese cooking, and Tai Chi. 
  3. A primary concern of METU faculty is directed towards the promotion of academic, scientific and technological links with China, with Chinese universities, academic institutions and research centers. The Center aims to strengthen and build new possibilities for exchange and collaboration in all fields; particularly in architecture and engineering, arts and social sciences, humanities and education. METU is willing to assume major responsibility in preparing our students for a lifetime engagement with China and to support research that would advance our understanding of Chinese-Turkish relations. 
  4. The Confucius Institute aims to contribute to foster Turkish-Chinese economic relations. As with many other countries of the world, Turkey has been following China’s fast track economic development closely and with appreciation. Even though our governments and business circles are already working hard to advance bilateral relations, we sincerely believe that it would not suffice to strengthen merely political and economic collaboration. Therefore, the Confucius Institute is an excellent means to overcome this hurdle. First of all, through providing Chinese language courses to meet the needs of business at different levels, the Confucius Institute helps remove the major barrier; that of language. Language fluency can facilitate communication with the customers, suppliers and other stakeholder groups and thus contribute to the growth of bilateral trade and economic relations. In addition, it familiarizes Turkish people in general and businessmen in particular with Chinese culture by organizing courses, lectures, seminars and workshops on Chinese culture and society. In this framework, the Center will contribute towards better understanding of Chinese business culture.