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.


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


Second Semester 2018

We are proud to announce that our Basic Mandarin and Intermediate Mandarin Courses (including Business Mandarin and Tourism Mandarin) have been accredited by the University of Johannesburg. We are currently accepting applications for these courses as well as HSK Mandarin 1-4 and our Chinese Martial Arts and Culture courses for the second semester of 2018. Applications for registration are open until 31 July 2018.

For more information about our courses, click here.

For a comprehensive guide to course registration, click here.

To download the weekly timetable for the second semester in 2018, click here.

For enquiries, please contact Ms Smangele Zwane at smangelez@uj.ac.za or 011 559 7503.


Public Dialogue on SA economic policy since 1994

On Monday 23 July 2018, the UJCI, in collaboration with the Concerned Africans Forum and the UJ Library, hosted a Public Dialogue entitled ‘Progressive or Neo-Liberal?: South African Policy Economic Policy Since 1994’. The event was chaired by Prof Mongane Wally Serote. The speakers were Dr Essop Pahad, former Minister in the South African Presidency, and Alec Erwin, former Minister of Trade and Industry. 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