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Wuhan University

Wuhan University is one of the renowned universities in China and was founded in 1893 in Wuhan in Hubei province. On the 200-hectares campus philosphy, economics, law, education, literature, history, sciences, engineering, agriculture, medicine and management are being taught. More than 45,000 students are enrolled at the Chinese partner University of the Confucius-Institute Metropolis Ruhr.

Wuhan University, in cooperation with the Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr, offers different kinds of scholarships e.g. for German high school seniors and students.

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The Duisburg Institute of East-Asian Studies was founded in 1994 with the aim of combining research and teachings on East Asia. The research of the institute focuses on the social, political and economic problems of East Asia, Japan and China in particular. It is the biggest university based institute in Germany researching on contemporary East Asia.

The Institute for East-Asian Studies, in cooperation with the Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr, offers various events, e.g. the "Summer School" for high school seniors. 

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The organisations and projects that merged in the "Asienhaus" (e.g. the German Asia Foundation, the Korea Communication and Research Centre, the Philippines Office and the Southeast Asia Information Center) aim at contributing to reflect a sophisticated image of the countries and cultures and to promote the intercultural dialogue in the interest of peace and social justice on all levels.

This year the Asiahouse celebrates its 15th anniversary, based on the motto "Solidarity with Asia in a globalized world".

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The Burggymnasium (grammar school) is the only school in Essen, where Chinese is taught as a new-onset foreign language in advanced level. Since the school year 2008/2009, all grammar school students from Essen can select the language as a basic course at the Burggymnasium and later have the opportunity to take an examination in Chinese as a third or fourth subject of the A-levels. In cooperation with the Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr, the state-approved Chinese-language proficiency tests, HSK (Hanyu Shuiping kaoshi), are carried out by the Burggymnasium.

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The Council of the Confucius-Institute Headquarters is an association that can be regarded as an umbrella organization of all Confucius Institutes. The Board consists of Chinese and foreign members. The foreign members are representatives of the different Confucius Institutes worldwide. Among other things, future development goals and new projects of Confucius Institutes around the world are discussed at the annual and regional meetings organized by the Council of Confucius-Institutes.

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The "Deutsche Konfuzianische Gesellschaft e. V." (German Confucian Society), founded in March 2009, aims at promoting knowledge about Confucianism. Besides scientific lectures about Confucianism, the German Confucian Society in cooperation with the Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr offers a reading circle, in order to read and discuss the original Confucian writings.

The Reader Circle takes place on the last Saturday of the month in the conference room of the Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr, Bismarckstraße 120 , 47057 Duisburg.

Registrations may be directed at Dr. Du Lun, Email: lun.du@uni-due.de.

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The city of Duisburg is the fifth largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia, with a population of almost 500,000. It has the largest inland harbour in Europe, which has evolved into an important logistics centre through the connection to international railway lines and roads. The freight train from Chongqing / China "Yuxinou" also ends here. Since 1982, Duisburg maintains the oldest German-Chinese town twinning with the city of Wuhan. Since its establishment, the Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr works closely with the City of Duisburg and actively supports the exchange between the two twin towns.

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The city of Essen is the second largest city in the Ruhr area. It represented the entire Ruhr region in 2010 as the European Capital of Culture (RUHR.2010). Numerous art and cultural institutions, such as the Museum Folkwang and the Folkwang University of Arts, and famous buildings from the past industrial era, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein (Coal Mine Industrial Complex), are part of the Essen cityscape. Since April 2015, the Chinese city of Changzhou in Jiangsu Province is a twin town of Essen.

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Since 1974, the Folkwang Musikschule (music school) of the city of Essen teaches music from nearly all eras and styles. With more than 200 teachers from 20 countries and over 7,000 students, it is one of the biggest and most active music schools in Germany. The Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr cooperates with the Folkwang Music School and its laboratory for world music and therefore provides a way for a German-Chinese musical meeting.

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The work of the GFW Duisburg aims to improve the spatial, social and economic structure of the city. The object of the GFW Duisburg is to promote industry, commerce, trade and services in all areas and to develop a diversified labour market. After 2015, the Confucius Institute also organized the 2016 Chinese Spring Festival in cooperation with the GFW Duisburg.

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Since 2009, the Chinese language is taught as a newly starting foreign language in the advanced level at the Gymnasium Adolfinum Moers (grammar school). Since 2012, Chinese can even be taken as an A-level (Abitur) subject. Furthermore, there is a school partnership between the Adolfinum and the "School attached to Wuhan University", which is located in Duisburg's twin city Wuhan. Annually, student exchange programmes between the two schools take place.

The Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr has successfully worked several times along with the Gymnasium Adolfinum, most recently at a Chinese evening concert of a group of musicians from Wuhan.

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Since the school year 2015/16 it is possible to gain the CCI-approved additional qualification "Asia Businessman / Businesswoman" at the Hansa Berufskolleg Unna (technical college). Trainees can acquire professional, personal and intercultural skills on the Asian region. Against this background, the Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr and the Hansa Berufskolleg cooperate since February 2016. The cooperation includes not only Chinese themed school projects, but also the support in the acquisition of HSK certificates and workshops on Chinese culture techniques.

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At the Heinrich-Böll Gesamtschule (comprehensive school) in Bochum, from advanced level on, Chinese can be selected as the new second foreign language. The Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr is closely working with the school for several years. After 2012, a Chinese school concert was held again this year and was well received.

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The Katholische Akademie "Die Wolfsburg" (catholic academy) in Mülheim an der Ruhr is a place for adult education and social learning by the diocese Essen. It offers courses to encourage the discussion about questions of personal, social, ecclesiastic and political areas. In cooperation with the Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr, the Wolfsburg organises an event series "China at the focus". This series deals with recent topics that have a bear upon China.

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The Mingde Chinese Language School is an initiative of parents of Chinese descent who teach their children in their native language once a week. The school was founded in 2001 as the "Verein zur Förderung der chinesischen Kultur und Bildung" (Association for the Promotion of Chinese Culture and Education) in Krefeld. The Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr and the Mingde School regularly cooperate in language testing, language lessons and cultural events for children and adolescents.

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At Mulvany Berufskolleg Herne (technical college), the biennial additional qualification "Asia Businessman / Businesswoman" is offered. The aim is to impart professional expertise relating to business processes / foreign trade with Asia - particularly China, and the acquisition of basic skills in Chinese language and culture. Since November 2015, the Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr is a partner and supports the of Mulvany Berufskolleg Herne with language lessons and China-related projects.

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The City Library of Duisburg is a media-, information- and educational center. In many ways, it contributes to schooling and further qualification as well as to active employment policy. The broad range of media, which recently involves 620,000 media items, inures to the benefit of every level of the population.

Through a donation of books, the Confucius Institute opened a "Window to China" in  the City Library of Duisburg. The books provided are aimed at a wide audience. Cookbooks, travel literature, illustrated books and German translations of works by Laozi and Confucius are available.

The City Library of Duisburg, in cooperation with the Confucius-nstitute, also presented the 41st International Children's Book Exhibition "IKiBu",which went on a trip to China in 2012. In about 70 events, such as readings, literary events, workshops and taster courses, the students were given an insight into the culture, language and life in China.

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Founded in 1919, this cultural and educational centre offers a broad variety of qualification in general, political and cultural areas, but also gives the chance to graduate. It is open to all people in Duisburg and surrounding area.

The Confucius Institute Metropole Ruhr cooperates with the VHS Duisburg (Community college) in offereing  courses, lectures, information days and taster courses.

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The "Verein für Kunst und Literatur Duisburg" (Association of Arts and Literature) was founded in 1912. The aim was to care for the literary life in Duisburg. Already in the days of the Weimar Republic, known representatives of German literature, such as Hermann Hesse, Bertholt Brecht and Thomas Mann came at the Association’s invitation to Duisburg for readings. The Association still stays true its traditions and therefore readings of publicly known and new authors of the literary scene are presented to the Duisburg public.

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"Wir sind DU!" (We are you) is a platform which focuses on integration and immigration in Duisburg. This portal provides the possibility of information exchange and communication to all the people who are actively engaged in integration work and to all interested people of Duisburg.

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