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South Africa has celebrated Freedom Day 2020 under challenging circumstances. For a message of support and solidarity from a member of our Chinese staff at the UJCI, click here.

Upholding Sino-African Solidarity in the Face of COVID-19

'COVID-19 is our common enemy'

On 10 April 2020, a group of African ambassadors in China lodged an official protest with the Chinese authorities about the treatment of Africans living in the commercial city of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. In an article in Africa China Review on 13 April 2020, Prof J. Alexander Nuetah, a Liberian scholar who has lived and studied in China, says he believes the reported incidents neither reflect the general attitudes of Chinese towards Africans nor an official policy of Chinese authorities towards Africans in the fight against COVID-19. Read more


Last HSK Test for 2020

The last HSK Test for 2020 will be an online test (Home Edition) on 31 October. The deadline for registration is 16 October. To download the complete notification plus guidelines, click here.


UJ students star in 19th Chinese Bridge Competition

Two UJCI students starred in the final round of the 19th Chinese Bridge Competition for South African students which was held online on 6-7 May. Read more


>> ZOOM seminar on Thandika Mkandawire

On Wednesday 29 April 2020, the UJCI, in collaboration with the UJ Library, hosted a ZOOM seminar on 'The Intellectual Work and Legacy of Thandika Mkandawire'. The speakers were Prof Gilbert Khadiagala of the African Centre for the Study of the United States at Wits University, and Dr Ibbo Mandaza of the Southern African Political Economy Series Trust. The seminar was chaired by Elinor Sisulu, human rights activist and award-winning author. Read more

>> ZOOM seminar on Covid-19 in Africa

On Thursday 16 April 2020, CACS hosted a ZOOM seminar entitled 'How is Covid-19 Affecting Africa?: Economic Futures and the Role of Development Finance'. The speakers were Hannah Ryder, CEO of Development Reimagined, and Admassu Tadesse, President and CEO, Trade and Development Bank. Read more


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


CACS Occasional Paper No 9

‘Catching Up After Half a Millennium’:Jeffrey Sachs on the Chinese Development Model. Bhaso Ndzendze, April 2020. Read more

CACS Occasional Paper No 8

Towards Solarium II: The US-China Trade War, and US Options for Countering the Rise of China. Charles Matseke, March 2020. Read more

CACS Policy Brief no 8

Transnet’s Internationalisation and SA Foreign Policy: The potential for Transport Diplomacy in Africa. Lebohang Makekeng, February 2020. Read more

CACS Policy Brief no 7

Africa-China Industrial and Infrastructural Cooperation: Recommendations. November 2019. Read more

CACS Belt & Road Policy Brief No 1

Sino-Egyptian Industrial and Infrastructure Cooperation: Determinants and Outcomes. Dr Emmanuel Matambo, May 2019. Read more

Encounter with China

UJCI students reflect on their experiences during the Confucius Institute Winter Camp in December 2018. February 2019. 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

UJ CACS Occasional Paper No 7

The domestic origins and global implications of China's reform and opening up. Dr Zhu Ming, October 2019. 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. July 2017. 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, Advanced Mandarin, as well as courses in HSK Mandarin I - V. Read more