• Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall with students. Photo credit: UWANobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall with students. Photo credit: UWA

UWA wins global award for success in teaching Chinese language

The Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia (UWACI) has received an award for its success in teaching Chinese language and cross-cultural understanding in Western Australia.

Twenty five institutes received the 2014 Confucius Institute of the Year Award and were selected out of the total of over a thousand such institutes worldwide.

The Confucius Institute is a non-profit public institution that aims to promote Chinese language and culture abroad. It currently has 475 institutes in universities in the world, with a further 851 Confucius Classrooms in primary and secondary schools.  UWACI was the first institute to be founded in Western Australia in 2005, and has been working closely with the Confucius Institute and Zhejiang University to provide teaching in the university community but also in schools across the state.

UWACI's most high-profile student is Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall, who has travelled and worked regularly in China, diagnosing and treating stomach illnesses.  After some misunderstandings, Professor Marshall felt embarrassed by his language skills and decided to learn Mandarin.  This weekend he has delivered his first major speech in Mandarin at the Confucius Institute’s Conference in Xiamen where the awards were presented.

UWA Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) and Chairman of the Board of UWACI, Iain Watt, said the award acknowledged UWACI's commitment to fostering greater understanding and engagement between China and Australia.

The proximity of Australia to Asia means that studying in the country is an excellent opportunity to study Asian cultures and languages within an English-speaking environment.  If you would like to find out more about studying Chinese language and culture or that of another Asian country, contact Study Options to find out about the programmes and opportunities available.

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