The system of Confucian Institutions (Confucius Institutions, Kunzi Xueyuan, and further CI) was
developed by structures subordinate to the State Council of the People's Republic of China to “spread
the Chinese language and promote Chinese culture”. The creation of CI is part of the strategy of the
People's Republic of China to "promote Chinese culture through the Chinese language."
The Confucius Institute is a teaching and research center established at the initiative of the Office for the
Promotion of Chinese Language under the Government of the PRC. Such kind of centers have already
been established in many countries of the world. Confucius institutes already exist in the USA, Japan,
South Korea, Italy, Germany, France and Mexico. There are two Confucius in Kyrgyzstan.
Although the Institute carriers the name of the great Chinese thinker of antiquity, the Confucius
Institute has no direct relation to the propaganda of the ideas of Confucianism. The fact is that the name
of Confucius in China itself is often associated with culture, enlightenment and education in general, and
for foreigners it is a symbol of traditional Chinese culture and scholarship, that is why the Chinese
government chose the name of the Confucius Institute for a series of educational centers of the Chinese
language and culture.
The Confucius Institute organizes the following activities and events: teaching the Chinese language,
preparing and certifying Chinese teachers, supporting research in the field of Chinese Studies,
conducting scientific and educational activities aimed at promoting Chinese and Chinese culture, etc.
The Confucius Institute is part of the global network of Confucius Institutes – Chinese cultural and
educational centers established by the Chinese State Committee for the Promotion of Chinese Language
Abroad. Currently, more than 120 Confucius Institutes operate in 50 countries. Managing the system of
Confucian institutions is under the jurisdiction of the state organization Hanban – "China State Agency
for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language", which was founded in 1987. Hanban includes official
representatives of 12 departments of the State Council of the People's Republic of China. The main task
of Hanban is the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language, above all abroad of China, control over a
single system of testing and certification in Chinese throughout the world, propaganda and creating the
attractiveness of Chinese culture. The PRC budget line finances Hanban separately. Currently, all funding
for the creation and operation of Confucian institutions around the world is carried out through the
Since February 2011, the Confucius Class on the Study of Chinese at the Confucius Institute has been
functioning in the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, based
on the Cooperation Agreement. The class was opened with the support of the Embassy of the People's
Republic of China in the Kyrgyz Republic and the Confucius Institute. The Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of China in the KR Van Kaiwen, representatives of the Embassy, the Director of the
Confucius Institute, employees of the Eastern countries department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
the Kyrgyz Republic participated at the opening of class.
On February 7, 2012, a delegation from the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China
headed by Vice Chairman Hanban (Head of the Chinese Language and Culture Worldwide Сenter) Mr.
Wang Yunli visited the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic.