Confucius Institute at UCM
Confucius Institutes are non-profit educational institutions that, in addition to teaching Chinese language and culture, provide a platform for cultural exchange between China and the outside world. Today, there are more than five hundred Confucius institutes and more than a thousand Confucius classrooms worldwide.
The Confucius Institute in Bratislava (KIB) was established in 2007 on the basis of an agreement between Tianjin University and the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, with the support of the Chinese government organization Hanban. Other partners who stood at the birth of the institute or the teaching of Chinese to their institutions under the auspices of KIB were the University of Economics in Bratislava, the University of Agriculture in Nitra and Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica. The aim is to enable Slovak students and the public to acquire the basics of Chinese, learn about Chinese culture and customs, and be the imaginary bridge that connects both nations.
In 2016, the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, joined the partners of the Confucius Institute in Slovakia based on the Agreement on Mutual Cooperation signed by the Rector of UCM Dr. h. c. doc. Ing. Jozef Matúš, CSc. and the director of the Confucius Institute in Bratislava, n.o., Ing. Petra Kotuliakova, PhD. The main idea and content of the cooperation is not only the provision of Chinese language courses at the university, but also the education of local Chinese instructors, the organization of exchange programs between local and Chinese students, as well as the implementation of activities related to Chinese language and culture. The Rector of UCM, the Vice-Rector of UCM for External Relations and the UCM External Relations Department authorized by them are responsible for the cooperation on the part of our university.