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Confucius Institute
P.O. Box 59
00014 University of Helsinki

Visiting address:
Unioninkatu 38 A


About Confucius Institute

Connecting China and Finland

The Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki is a non-profit educational and research unit. It promotes Chinese language learning and knowledge on Chinese culture in order to provide a platform for cross cultural communication and networking.  The institute has an important role in initiating, facilitating and managing multidisciplinary research on China including joint projects, conferences, publication, mobility and exchange of researchers. These activities are carried in collaboration with the host university and academic partners in China. The Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki serves as a resource centre on Chinese issues, cooperating with schools and universities as well as public and private entities in Finland.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki was established in 2007 following  the official visit by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to Finland in September 2006 in connection with the Helsinki ASEM Summit. The agreement is signed between the University of Helsinki and the Office of Chinese Language Council (Hanban). The academic partner of the institute is the Renmin University of China, one of the leading universities in humanities and social sciences in China.

University of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki is Finland's leading university. With its eleven faculties and 35 000 degree students it is the largest university in the country. The number of degrees taken each year is about 4 700, of which 400 are doctorates. The University of Helsinki participates in more than half of the national Centres of Excellence in Research, elected by international scientific panels. The University of Helsinki is a member of the League of European Research Universities, a co-operation body for the leading European research universities. The teaching provided by the University of Helsinki is also known for its high international level.