The University of Johannesburg Confucius Institute is a joint initiative between the University of Johannesburg and Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, China. It is one of five Confucius Institutes at universities in South Africa.

Opening New Horizons: South Africa-China Tourism Cooperation

ON WEDNESDAY 4 August 2021, the UJCI,  in collaboration with the UJ Centre for Africa-China Studies and the UJ School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH), hosted a Virtual International Forum titled ‘South Africa-China Tourism Cooperation: Opening New Horizons’. Read more >>

Course guidelines for second semester 2021

The UJCI has released amended course guidelines for the online teaching of Mandarin for the second semester of 2021 from 2-3 August to 10-11 November. The courses will comprise accredited online courses in Basic Mandarin and Intermediate Mandarin open to UJ students only, and online HSK Chinese language proficiency courses open to all, including UJ students and staff. The guidelines contain detailed information about the courses, the timetables, as well as application and registration procedures.


The application period for the accredited courses in Basic Mandarin and Intermediate Mandarin will start on 19 July, and close on 31 July. The application period for the HSK proficiency courses has opened, and will also close on 31 July. To download the UJCI’s application and registration guidelines, including live links for the application and registration procedures, click on the button below.

The COVID-19 pandemic 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 >>

Freedom Day message

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.


UJCI students star in 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 >>


Winter camp 2018

UJCI students reflect on their experiences during the Confucius Institute Winter Camp in December 2018. Read more >>

Summer camp 2018

UJCI students write about their experiences in China during the Confucius Institute Summer Camp in September 2018. 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 >>

Bursaries to study in China

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

Current courses

The UJCI offers accredited courses in Basic and Intermediate Mandarin, as well as preparatory courses in HSK Mandarin I – IV. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all tuition is currently taking place online. Read more >>