Global Engagement

Confucius Institutes

By far, LZU has jointly established 3 Confucius Institutes respectively with Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies in Uzbekistan, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Kazakhstan and Alte University in Georgia.


The Confucius Institute at Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies (TSUOS) was launched on May 7, 2005 as the first Confucius Institute in Central Asia. It is also one of the earliest Confucius Institutes. It was awarded the "Pioneer of Confucius Institutes" as well as "Top 20 Confucius Institutes" (twice). The Uzbek and Chinese Directors of the Confucius Institute have both won “Individual Performance Excellence Award” in 2008 and 2009.


The Confucius Institute at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) was founded upon the Chinese Language Center in KazNU jointly built by LZU in April 2002. It was then renamed in March, 2007 with approval from the Chinese Language Council and inaugurated on February 23, 2009. The Kazakh Director of the Confucius Institute has won the “Medal for Long Service as a Confucius Institute Director” in 2021.


The Confucius Institute at Alte University, once named as the Confucius Institute at Tbilisi Open University (TOU), was founded upon the Chinese Teaching Center in TOU. In September, 2013, Tbilisi Open University offered Chinese classes for the first time and incorporated it into the compulsory classes for students in 2014. In November, 16, 2017, the Confucius Class at Tbilisi Open University was inaugurated. In December 2019, the Confucius Class at Tbilisi Open University was upgraded as the Confucius Institute.


Up until May 2023, the three Confucius Institutes have cultivated more than 30,000 Chinese language learners.