The Northern Train on the Southern Track

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  • Title: The Northern Train on the Southern Track: Confucius Institutes in Australian Universities
  • Author(s): Shen Chen, Helena Hing Wa Sit
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Learner
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education
  • Keywords: Confucius Institutes, Culture, Australian Universities
  • Volume: 25
  • Issue: 4
  • Year: 2018
  • ISSN: 2327-7955 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-8749 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-7955/CGP/v25i04/11-20
  • Citation: Chen, Shen, and Helena Hing Wa Sit. 2018. "The Northern Train on the Southern Track: Confucius Institutes in Australian Universities." The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education 25 (4): 11-20. doi:10.18848/2327-7955/CGP/v25i04/11-20.
  • Extent: 10 pages

Abstract

The establishment of the Confucius Institutes at Australian universities has contributed to the promotion of Chinese language teaching, which has opened an alternative path for the people in wider local communities to understand Chinese culture. At the same time, some controversial issues of cultural and political concerns have arisen in terms of the relationship between the host Australian universities and the associated Confucius Institutes in relation to pedagogy and curriculum. This paper reports on a case study of two Australian universities as a pilot study, leading to a further debate on the role of the Confucius Institutes in Australian universities.