The Nottingham Confucius Institute (NCI) was officially established by Fudan University and the University of Nottingham in September 2007. Over the years, NCI has become an effective platform in the East Midland region for academic research and cultural exchanges between China and Western countries by drawing upon academic and management support and resources from all parties. It became one of the first 15 Confucius Institutes to be awarded Model Confucius Institute Status by Hanban in 2015. In April 2016, as the first and only Confucius Institute located in mainland China, NCI’s Ningbo Branch at the University of Nottingham Ningbo was established at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC).
During 2017, NCI has recruited 1544 language students and held various activities, exhibitions, performances, seminars, totaling nearly 200 events with over 165k participants. Its evening class had already become the biggest platform to study Chinese language at the east midlands. International conferences and seminars had already became an iconic brand of NCI. NCI hosted the young leader delegation/teachers’ delegation and students’ delegation, with 20 sister schools set up between Nottingham and Ningbo. NCI has organized all kinds of cultural events in Nottingham and beyond, enriching the lives of local communities in Nottingham.
As the Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming pointed out in his speech at the NCI 10th anniversary ceremony, “NCI has been working hard to convey the goodwill of Chinese people to British people and respond to British people’s love for Chinese culture.”