The Confucius-Institute Metropolis Ruhr, based in Duisburg, was officially established in autumn 2009. It is an institute at the University of Duisburg-Essen. The city of Duisburg and the University of Duisburg-Essen provide an ideal location for a Confucius-Institute, as both have been maintaining good contacts with Wuhan city and Wuhan University since the early 1980s. Furthermore, the University of Duisburg-Essen possesses an outstanding regional expertise due to the Institute of East Asian Studies, which is engaged in both research and graduate education on East Asia and is the most comprehensive university institute committed to contemporary East Asian studies in Germany.
The Confucius-Institute Metropolis Ruhr offers its expertise to the whole Ruhr Metropolitan Region, which also reflects in the institute's name. Besides the mediation of language and cultural skills, other important foci of the Institute's work are China's current socio-economic issues; the Institute also assumes tasks in political, economic and media consulting and promotes scientific exchange.
Confucius-Institutes are a network of around 450 Institutes in more than 100 countries and a platform for cultural and academic exchange. Usually two universities – a Chinese and a foreign university – cooperate in order to establish a Confucius-Institute. This cooperation as a Confucius-Institute is officially recognized and supported by the Office for Chinese Language (Hanban) in Beijing.