Irina Shvedova, director of the Confucius TSU Institute, recently received a medal from the Center for Language Education and Cooperation, affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. The award was established in 2021 to celebrate the work and personal contributions of heads of Confucius Institutes who consistently demonstrate high results.

The global network of Confucius Institutes includes 500 centers, based in universities, and more than 1000 classes that promote Chinese language and culture to the world. TSU Confucius Institute was established 13 years ago with the support of Shenyang Ligong University. Currently, partner universities are implementing multiple joint cultural and educational projects.

Under the leadership of Irina Shvedova, the Confucius Institute TSU has become one of the leading Russian platforms for teaching the Chinese language to around 1,000 people aged 3 to 60 years old. It is one of the main Siberian centers for further teacher training. Five years ago he was declared one of the best in the world.

“Despite the pandemic, the Institute is continuing its work,” says Irina Shvedova. “All groups have started classes this year in a hybrid format because Chinese teachers cannot come to Tomsk yet. We use new proven technologies that allow us to maintain the quality of education. Language learning is one of the areas where the online format is not a drawback. There are advantages to this: we can easily organize communication with native speakers, and our students can study with us from anywhere.

Since October 1, Kindergarten №49 has been offering Chinese lessons as part of the “From Cradle to TSU” program. On October 15, the Confucius Institute TSU with Shenyang Ligong University started an intensive Chinese course that will last until November 4, with 120 participants from all over Russia. On October 30, the Confucius Institute TSU will hold the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK, HSKK) and the results will be evaluated by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

The Chinese language is increasingly popular both in the world and in Russia. The TSU Confucius Institute responds to this demand by launching several new projects per year for those who wish to learn the language of one of the oldest cultures.

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