Confucius Institute in Islamabad, Pakistan
Operation Time: 2007.04
Chinese Cooperator: Beijing Language and Culture University
The Confucius Institute in Islamabad,Pakistan is the only Confucius Institute in Pakistan. During the four years of operation,it has overcome various difficulties and achieved remarkable results. It has been awarded “Confucius Institute of the Year” for three years in 2007, 2008 and 2010. In 2011,the Institute’s Chinese language teaching programs have further expanded, sponsoring 27 teaching centers at universities, primary and secondary schools and language training institutions across Pakistan with a total enrollment of 6,000.
The various cultural activities organized by the Institute have attracted more than 40,000 participants. To support the sustainable development of local Chinese language teaching in Pakistan, the Institute has organized a large-scale local Chinese language teacher selection and training program as well as training sessions on the use of local teaching materials, benefiting more than 50 Chinese and Pakistani teachers. Thanks to the efforts of the Institute, Chinese language education is being incorporated into the national education system of Pakistan. For example, the Sindh Provincial Government has announced that Chinese will become a compulsory course for students after they finish Grade 6 in all the schools and educational institutions throughout the province starting from 2013.