2020 Staff Learning opportunity

In conjunction with UQ’s Institute of Modern Languages (IML), the Confucius Institute at The University of Queensland is offering fully sponsored places to UQ staff to engage in short-term Mandarin study. This learning opportunity is aimed at participants new to Mandarin language study. The course will be over eight sessions (total of 16 hours) commencing on Wednesday September 23 with classes held from 4:30pm to 6:30 pm . This course will be offered on-line.

Why learn Mandarin?

Mandarin is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.

Learning Mandarin is without doubt a highly rewarding experience. Speaking and understanding Mandarin will open up new gateways and opportunities in relation to career development, travel and cultural understanding. 

About the Course

Facilitated with the support of the Institute of Modern Languages (IML), the Chinese (Mandarin) Short Course for Beginners aims to provide learners with the ability to perform basic tasks such as exchanging greetings, asking simple questions and recognising and understanding a basic range of Chinese characters. The course also aims to enable learners to develop an appreciation of cultural diversity.

Course Dates

Proposed Course Dates:

Class Number Course Date
1 Wednesday 23 September 2020 (4:30pm - 6:30pm)
2 Wednesday 30 September 2020 (4:30pm - 6:30pm)
3 Wednesday 7 October 2020 (4:30pm - 6:30pm)
4 Wednesday 14 October 2020 (4:30pm - 6:30pm)
5 Wednesday 21 October 2020 (4:30pm - 6:30pm)
6 Wednesday 28 October 2020 (4:30pm - 6:30pm)
7 Wednesday 4 November 2020 (4:30pm - 6:30pm)
8 Wednesday 11 November 2020 (4:30pm - 6:30pm)

Applying for this Course

Please email business.manager@confucius.uq.edu.au by September 16, 2020 stating:

  • Name and Position
  • Supervisor details
  • Brief explanation as to how the participant, if selected will benefit from this course and how it will assist their professional duties

Applications will be reviewed with all applicants notified of outcomes via email. Places are limited.

IMPORTANT - Application Notes

  1. As the course may encroach on university business hours, applicants should first discuss this with their supervisor and seek approval to attend. Successful applicants will, by accepting their position in the course (notification will be by email) acknowledge that they have approval from their supervisor to attend. The Confucius Institute does not take responsibility for any disputes between attendees and their respective departments in attending this course.
  2. This program does not fall under the university’s Staff Development program.
  3. Successful applicants will be expected to attend at least 75% of the course. Applicants should therefore consider their availability to attend the classes prior to applying.
  4. Only current UQ employees will be eligible for consideration.