About the UJCI


The University of Johannesburg Confucius Institute (UJCI) is one of five Confucius Institutes in South Africa, and one of several hundred Confucius Institutes at universities and other educational institutions around the world. Like its sister institutions, its mission is to promote the study of Chinese and an interest in Chinese culture. To this end, it  offers Mandarin courses for university staff and students, members of other organisations as well as members of the public, administers international proficiency tests in Chinese, and organises events and exchanges aimed at promoting an understanding of Chinese language and culture. The UJCI is a partnership between the University of Johannesburg, the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing, and a Chinese partner university, Nanjing Tech University. Its Co-Directors are Dr David Monyae of UJ and Prof Peng Yi of the NTU.


First Semester 2019

We are currently accepting applications for registration to study Basic Mandarin, Intermediate Mandarin, Business Mandarin, Tourism Mandarin, HSK Mandarin I-V, Chinese Martial Arts (including Tai Ji and Self-Defence Techniques), Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Folk Dancing, and a Chinese Cultural Course for the first semester of 2019. Applications for registration are open until Friday 1 February 2019.

For application and registration guidelines, click here.
For a timetable for the first semester of 2019, click here.
For enquiries, please contact Ms Smangele Zwane at smangelez@uj.ac.za or 011 559 7503.


Launch of Centre for China-Africa Studies

The UJCI has established an autonomous division – the Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS) – that focuses specifically on research and publication. The opening took place at the UJCI on Thursday 22 November 2018. Read more

Chinese Minister visits UJ and the UJCI

On Friday 14 September 2018, China’s Vice Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Xu Nanping, visited the University of Johannesburg, where he was welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, as well as other UJ representatives. He also visited the UJCI. Read more

Prof Peng Yi joins the UJCI

Professor Peng Yi of Nanjing Tech University has joined the UJCI as Chinese Co-Director, succeeding Prof Yin Fulin. Her term will last until 2020. Read more


Seminar on FOCAC 2018

ON Thursday 11 October 2018, the UJCI will host a seminar on ‘The Future of Africa-China Relations: Conclusions from FOCAC 2018’. Read more


CACS Policy Brief No 6

The 2018 FOCAC Summit: Prospects for an African Multilateral Policy towards China in a Changing Global Economy. Bongane Gasela, October 2018.  Read more

Our Journey to China

UJCI students write about their experiences in China during Summer Camp 2018. September 2018. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Occasional Paper No 6

Sino-Ethiopian Trade and Investment Relations: Actors, Determinants and Trends. Dr Messay Mulugeta, September 2018. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Policy Brief No 5

Sino-Kenyan Co-operation: Whither the West? Dr Westen K Shilaho, March 2018. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Policy Brief No 4

Sino-African Relations in 2017: Where to from here ? Dr David Monyae and Bhaso Ndzendze. January 2018. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Occasional Paper No 5

Sino-South African Relations after Twenty: Key Lessons. Dr David Monyae and Gibson Banda. January 2018. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Policy Brief No 3

The US, Russia, China and Africa in the Evolving Global Order. Dr David Monyae. November 2017. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Occasional Paper No 4

Implications of the US-led War on Terror for Africa-China relations. Bhaso Ndzendze. October 2017. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Occasional Paper No 3

The Relevance of Ubuntu for African Development and International Relations in the Global Future: Comments on Muxe Nkondo. Professor Peter O Ndege. September 2017.  Read more

UJCI Africa-China Occasional Paper No 2

Ubuntu as Public Policy: Challenges and Opportunities. Professor Muxe Nkondo. July 2017. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Occasional Paper No 1

China's Soft-Power Status (via UN Peacekeeping) and its Implications for the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). Martin R. Rupiya. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Policy Brief No 2

The BRICS Model of South-South Cooperation. Swaran Singh, August 2017. Read more

UJCI Africa-China Policy Brief No 1

BRICS Studies: Some Suggested Themes. Chris Landsberg, Francis A. Kornegay Jr and Mzukisi Qobo. Read more

Africa-China Policy Brief

Regional Industrialisation in Southern Africa: The Role of African-Sino Partnerships. Based on a policy research seminar held by the UJCI and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Southern Africa Office, in collaboration with Oxfam International’s Africa-China Dialogue Platform (ACDP). Read more


Why study Mandarin ?

Given South Africa's burgeoning ties with China, there is a growing need for South Africans to learn to speak, read and write Mandarin. Read more

UJCI programmes

Advanced students in Mandarin at the UJCI are eligible  for bursaries enabling them to further their studies in China. Read more

Courses in Mandarin

The UJCI offers accredited courses in Basic Mandarin, Intermediate Mandarin, Business Mandarin and Tourism Mandarin, as well as courses in HSK Mandarin 1-4. Read more


Policy Research Seminar

On 20-21 April 2017, the UJCI and UNECA, in collaboration with Oxfam International’s Africa-China Dialogue Platform (ACDP), hosted a policy research seminar on ‘Prospects for SADC Regional Integration Through Industrialisation and the Role of China’. Read more

Public Dialogue

On Tuesday 18 April, the UJCI and the Chair of Industrial Development at UJ, in partnership with the UJ Library, hosted a Public Dialogue on ‘The Role of China in SADC’s Regional Integration through Industrialisation’. Read more

Wushu Club member shines

ON 24 July, a member of the UJCI Wushu Club, Baimei (Megan Cruickshank), came second in Taolu Nanquan and second in short weapons in the 6th African Wushu Championship held in Benin. Athletes from 11 African countries competed. Read more