Confucius Institute
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Liren Benjamin Zeng


Iris Wu


Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute is an educational non-profit organisation under the auspices of the Ministry of Education of China.

It is between a host country university and a Chinese university. Its primary goal is to promote the Chinese language, traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese culture. It is a platform for collaboration and bilateral exchange. UWC is a host country institution and the Confucius Institute is a branch of the International Relations Office. The Confucius Institute at UWC aims to contribute to the University’s vision of a “connected and engaged community” of students.

Trilateral Partnership

The Confucius Institute for Chinese Medicine is a collaboration between the University of the Western Cape, Zhejiang Normal University and Zhejiang Chinese Medical University.

Zhejiang Normal University

Zhejiang Normal University (ZJNU) was founded in 1956.

Zhejiang Chinese Medical University

Zhejiang Chinese Medical University (ZCMU) was founded in 1953 and is the right place to seek the roots of Chinese Medicine.

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Dear partners and students,

The International Relations Office at the University of the Western Cape extends our well wishes to you during these uncertain and unprecedented times. Given the current global COVID-19 pandemic, we wish to extend our solidarity with our university partners – with compassion. The University has taken the necessary decision to postpone all inbound and outbound international travel and engagement until further notice.

However, we remain committed to our international partners, students and researchers, as well as to the broader society, to utilise our connectedness to offer intellectual contributions that seek to bring a measure of insightful scientific rigour and empathy to all those affected by the crisis. It is together, with unity of purpose and with our diversity and compassion, that we can continue to work with solidarity in service of humanity.

Additional information can be found on the UWC main site

Yours sincerely,


Umesh Bawa

Director of International Relations