Our Partners

The Confucius Institute in Auckland was established and is proudly supported by our three Foundational Partners: Hanban - the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Beijing), Fudan University (Shanghai) and The University of Auckland (New Zealand). The Institute also maintains a highly valued network of Collaborative Partners with whom we work to further our common goals. We are proud to be associated with a wide network of outstanding organisations dedicated to similar goals and aspirations.

HANBAN (Office of Chinese Language Council International)

HANBAN or the Office of Chinese Language Council International was established by the Chinese Government in 1987 to promote and foster the study of Mandarin internationally.

HANBAN’s vision is to enhance mutual understanding and friendships between the Chinese people and other peoples of the world, promoting trade, economic co-operation, scientific, technological and cultural exchanges.

HANBAN comprises members from 12 state ministries and commissions:

The General Office of the State Council
The Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Finance
The Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The State Development and Reform Commission
The Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Culture
The State Administration of Radio Film and Television (China Radio International)
The State Press and Publications Administration
The State Council Information Office
The State Language Committee


Click here for WeChat link to Hanban 

The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland, established in 1883, is New Zealand’s pre-eminent research-led University. It is also New Zealand’s largest university with a roll of 40,000, including 5,500 international students from 85 different countries. The University is held in high regard internationally as a research facility and centre of academic excellence.

The University has a long standing relationship with Chinese initiatives, hosting a China Centre, the New Zealand Asia Institute and New Zealand’s largest academic Chinese language and literature department.  It has strong multilateral partnerships with top-tier Chinese universities and one of the highest enrolments for students from the People's Republic of China of any research university internationally.

The University of Auckland is the only New Zealand University invited to join Universitas 21 and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities.


Fudan University

Fudan University in Shanghai is one of China’s leading universities. It was founded in 1905 and today stands at the forefront of cultivating and developing academic and industrial talent for China.

Fudan University is an active and highly innovative incubator for high-tech industries. It has developed unique models for industrialising research outcomes, converting learning into “real-world” solutions. Its reputation as one the most highly respected tertiary institutions in China is well deserved and attracts much of the country’s best talent.

Fudan has an enrolment of 25,000 full-time degree candidates and another 11,000 studying at the schools of continuing education and online education. The University has the second largest enrolment of foreign students in China and has a faculty of more than 2,300 full-time teachers and researchers, including 1,350 professors and associate professors.

Fudan University is a member of the Universitas 21 and Association of Pacific Rim Universities networks.


The Asia New Zealand Foundation

The Asia New Zealand Foundation (Asia:NZ) is a non-partisan and non-profit organisation dedicated to building New Zealanders’ knowledge and understanding of Asia. Established in 1994, Asia:NZ represents a unique partnership between the public and private sectors.

As the leading non-government organisation specialising in Asia-New Zealand relations, the foundation works extensively in business, culture, education, media and research.  It also runs the Young Leaders’ Network and takes a lead role in Track 2 bilateral and multilateral dialogues in the Asia-Pacific region.


International Languages Exchanges and Pathways

The ILEP programmes are managed by Auckland UniServices Limited on behalf of the New Zealand Ministry of Education. Funding for the programmes is provided by the Ministry of Education and donor government institutions from China, France, Germany, Japan and Spain. The main ILEP programmes are:
National Language Advisers for Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.
Professional learning opportunities for teachers and students, including teacher exchange programmes, professional development programmes in countries where the target language is spoken and various scholarships.

The Chinese National Adviser is Wang Yu.   chinese@ilep.ac.nz

The New Zealand China Friendship Society

The New Zealand China Friendship Society has had fifty years experience working with China developing a network of solid relationships.

The society has a reputation in China and in New Zealand for fostering people-to-people links, whether through sister-cities, sister-schools, and friendship associations at all levels, or personal communication.

The New Zealand China Friendship Society aims to:

Promote friendship, understanding and goodwill between the peoples of China and New Zealand by encouraging visits and exchanges of ideas, information, culture and trade between the two countries;

Promote and foster interest in the study of China, its history, culture, political and social structures;

Support specific aid projects in China;

Promote the study of the Chinese language by New Zealanders and advanced study of English in New Zealand by Chinese;

Foster on-going development of all sister-city links between New Zealand and China;

Help visiting students and new migrants from China fit in to New Zealand society.


Other Confucius Institutes

The Confucius Institute in Auckland liaises with wider networks of global Confucius Institutes, particularly in the Oceania region and those affiliated with Fudan University.  Two more have been established in New Zealand, one in Canterbury and one in Wellington.  These also form part of the network of resources available for New Zealanders wishing to know more about Chinese language and culture.