The Confucius Institute of Toulouse is the third Confucius Institute supported by TFSU, which was officially inaugurated on December 12th, 2009. After its establishment, the Institute developed rapidly, with the relentless support rendered not only by the two universities but also by the local government. Entrusted by Hanban, the Confucius Institute of Toulouse took charge of the “Non-English Foreign Language Training for International Chinese Language Teachers” program, which provides an opportunity for teachers to both learn and practice minor foreign languages. On February 24th, 2011, Toulouse inaugurated its first Confucius Classroom—Saint Joseph School of Toulouse, which was designed to teach Chinese language and introduce Chinese culture to students of primary and middle schools. These achievements offered further evidence that Toulouse Institute is well-established and plays an important role in Chinese education in Toulouse.
2. Features of Toulouse Institute
The Confucius Institute of Toulouse, authorized by Confucius Institute Headquarters, is now in charge of the non-English foreign language training for international Chinese language teachers. It has held rich cultural activities with its own features: a party for the Year of the Tiger, a celebration for the 61st anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese Film Festival, and Chinese arts performances. Additionally, the Confucius Institute gives a display of Tianjin’s culture and runs summer camps in Tianjin for students.