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International award for Confucius director

23 January 2009

Professor Siyi FuProfessor Siyi Fu

Professor Siyi Fu, Academic Director of the Cardiff Confucius Institute, has received an ‘Individual Performance Excellence Award’ for outstanding personal achievement at the International Confucius Institute Conference in Beijing.

Professor Fu arrived from Xiamen University in January 2008 to take responsibility for the Confucius Institute’s Chinese language and culture programme at Cardiff. She received her award at the Conference in front of a host of delegates from Confucius Institutes from across the world.

The Cardiff Confucius Institute is based at the Centre for Lifelong Learning. The Head of the Centre, Dr Richard Evans, said: "Prof Fu has an excellent attitude to work, is highly responsible and always delivers what she undertakes. This began as soon as she arrived in Cardiff because the launch of the Institute took place only a month later. Prof Fu has made an outstanding contribution to the development of the Institute and to better understanding of China by the staff of Cardiff University and by government and private organizations in south-east Wales."

The Cardiff Confucius Institute is now running a programme of Chinese Language and Culture courses, further details for which can be found at or by emailing .

Professor Fu will also be overseeing the Chinese New Year Art and Culture festival taking place at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales from January 29-31. The three day programme will be launched by the Lord Mayor on January 29 and will include workshops on Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Instruments, Handicraft and the Beijing Opera.

The highlight will be the Annual Chinese New Year Gala at 8pm on January 29 in the Reardon Smith Theatre. Singing, dance, music and a fashion show will reflect contemporary and traditional Chinese life. The Festival will also include a film night on the Friday and a family fun day on the Saturday. Further details are available on 029 2087 5234 or at