Chinese language and culture in Amsterdam
On 22 September 2016, the newest branch of the Groningen Confucius Institute will open in Amsterdam. The Groningen Confucius Institute Amsterdam will be officially opened by Wu Ken (Chinese Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands) and Peter den Oudsten (Mayor of Groningen). The opening ceremony will take place at the EYE Film Institute Netherlands.
The event will present the plans for the new location in Amsterdam, and will also celebrate the Chinese mid-autumn festival. In addition to Chinese music played on Western instruments, the event will feature the story of a Dutch businessman working in a Chinese company, the experiences of a Chinese language-learner, and a panel discussion with experts from the fields of government, business, and education in China.
The Confucius Institute is a non-profit educational organisation that promotes Chinese language and culture. The first Confucius Institute opened in 2004, and the first institute in the Netherlands opened in 2006, The institutes operate in co-operation with local colleges and universities, are there are now several hundred institutes operating in dozens of countries around the world.
The institutes offer a wide range of Chinese language and culture courses, as well as various cultural activities and academic exchanges. The goal is to increase knowledge and understanding about Chinese culture and language among the Dutch public.
More and more new schools opening in Amsterdam
The new Confucius Institute in Amsterdam will be joined by other innovative training programmes. These schools have all recognised Amsterdam’s pioneering role in meeting the new demands of a changing economy. Among them are the New York Film Academy, the trend-watching programme Trendacademy, the New York Code + Design Academy (NYCDA), and the Team Academy programme for entrepreneurs.