Director’s Foreword

Dr. Noor Zalina Bt Mahmood

Director (Malaysia), Kong Zi Institute

As a tower of learning Mandarin language and understanding the Chinese culture, Kongzi Institute Universiti Malaya (KZIUM) has established itself as a pivotal educational platform. My journey with KZIUM began in 2018, and since then, I have witnessed firsthand, the transformative power of its programs and impact. The institute’s commitment to fostering a community of learners and cross-culture knowledge are not just commendable but vital in today’s fast-paced world.

KZIUM was established in 2009, and our objectives are to teach Mandarin to non-native speakers and to promote Chinese culture through our social-based activities such as the celebration of various Chinese festivals, Mandarin teacher training programs, academic forums, Chinese culture activities such as face painting, tai chi, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese cuisine to name a few.

Together with our partner, Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) in China, so far we have taught Mandarin language to over 50,000 students from public university, schools, public and private agencies. We are proud to say that, under the education umbrella we are able to position ourselves as valuable resource in exploring the language and culture.

In our increasingly interconnected world, language serves as a bridge that unites diverse cultures and fosters understanding. Mandarin language stands out as a powerful connector, particularly in the context of Malaysia-China relations. Let us delve into the importance of learning Mandarin and how it contributes to building stronger ties between these two nations.

 It is our pleasure to have you on board and greatly honored by it. We highly appreciate your participation in our programs, your ideas and other forms of contribution. We believe that, the more people inspire to explore other nations, other cultures and religions, the more people will communicate. This is how we bridge.

Learning Mandarin is an investment in cultural enrichment, economic opportunities, and diplomatic harmony. As we encourage language learning, let us recognize Mandarin’s role in shaping a brighter future for Malaysia-China relations and making it a valuable skill in today’s interconnected world.

Looking forward to work together!

Ms Zhao Wanzhen

Director (China), Kong Zi Institute

Welcome to Kong Zi Institute, Universiti Malaya!

I am honored to extend my warmest greetings to all students, faculty, staff, and partners who form the vibrant community of Kong Zi Institute, Universiti Malaya. As the Director, it is both an honor and a privilege to introduce you to our esteemed institution dedicated to fostering language proficiency, cultural understanding, and friendship between China and Malaysia.

At Kong Zi Institute, Universiti Malaya, we recognize the profound significance of language as a bridge that connects individuals across borders, cultures, and experiences. In an increasingly interconnected world, the ability to communicate effectively in multiple languages has become not only advantageous but essential. Our commitment lies in empowering learners to unlock the boundless opportunities that come with linguistic fluency in Mandarin.

Central to our mission is the belief that language learning transcends mere grammar and vocabulary. It is a journey of exploration, empathy, and appreciation for the diverse tapestry of human expression. Through our comprehensive curriculum, immersive programs, and experiential learning opportunities, we aim not only to equip our students with linguistic skills but also to cultivate their curiosity and understanding of cultures in China and Malaysia.

What sets Kong Zi Institute, Universiti Malaya apart is our unwavering dedication to creating an inclusive and supportive environment where every learner feels valued and empowered to reach their full potential. Our diverse community represents a mosaic of backgrounds, perspectives, and aspirations, enriching the learning experience and fostering meaningful connections that extend far beyond the classroom.

As we embark on this collective endeavor, I invite you to embrace the spirit of curiosity and collaboration that defines Kong Zi Institute, Universiti Malaya. Together, let us embark on a transformative journey of discovery, understanding, and mutual respect. Whether you are here to enhance your Mandarin language skills, immerse yourself in a new culture, or forge lifelong friendships, know that you are an integral part of our vibrant community.

Thank you for choosing Kong Zi Institute, Universiti Malaya as your partner in the pursuit of Chinese linguistic and cultural excellence. I look forward to witnessing your growth, achievements, and contributions to a more interconnected and harmonious world.