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 Yin Fulin of the NTU.


Timetable 2018

A timetable has been compiled for all Mandarin courses at the UJCI in 2018. To download the timetable, click here.

Registration period extended

Attention Basic and Intermediate Mandarin Students: Please note that the registration period has been extended and will close on 16 February 2018. Classes will start on 19 February 2018.


Shifting Sino-American relations: Implications for Africa

On Friday 11 May 2018, the UJCI, in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg Library, will host a seminar on ‘Battle of the Giants?: Shifting Sino-American Relations and Re-Globalisation: Implications for Africa’. The keynote speakers will be Prof Wang Dong of Peking University, and Prof Henry Sun of the Univresity of Chester. 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 Mandarin courses at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. Read more. For an online application form for studying Mandarin, click here.


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