The Confucius Institute at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice was established in 2008 in collaboration with the Beijing Capital Normal University, under the aegis of the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Hanban) of the Central People’s Government of the People’s Republic of China. The agreement between the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, the Beijing Capital Normal University and Hanban was signed in Venice on September 22, 2008.
Confucius Institutes are present in over 100 countries worldwide. Like other language and cultural organizations, such as the Dante Alighieri Society for Italian, they aim to promote and develop the Chinese language and culture by organizing tiered language courses and activities to raise awareness of both ancient and modern Chinese societies and cultures. Activities include conferences, seminars, special events, performances, editorial projects and the creation of teaching materials. Confucius Institutes also promote student and teacher exchange programmes amongst their partner universities and award scholarships to students and researchers according to merit.
The presence of Confucius Institutes do not supplant the academic and research institutions that have traditionally operated in the field of Chinese studies. Instead, Institutes work alongside with these universities, offering teaching and cultural activities held by highly qualified Chinese Studies and Language experts.
The Confucius Institute at Ca’ Foscari University Venice is also the only authorised HSK - Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (Chinese Proficiency Test) examination centre in the Veneto Region. This exam is designed to assess Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers, overseas Chinese and Chinese national minorities.