Tag Archive: Motivations

Jacopo Mazzanati lived in China for five years working in the world of professional football as a coach and as a translator. He has passed the HSK 6 and is also the first foreign coach to pass the coaching exam CHINA D of the Chinese Football Association.  Having returned to Italy,...

We spoke to a student, a member of professional staff and an academic to get their different perspectives on the value of engaging with Chinese language and culture. They have all either taken Business Confucius Institute (BCI) Chinese courses or made other efforts to build connections through learning more about...

Richard Barnard’s Mandarin learning journey has seen him transform from a shy young man who feared learning new things to a fluent Mandarin speaker with a full set of Chinese Proficiency Exams under his belt. Richard now inspires the next generation of learners in his teaching role at our Harrogate Grammar School Confucius Classroom.   Learn how he developed his confidence and found an approach...

Mischa Wilmers is an Employability & Placements Officer at the University of Leeds. He has taken full advantage of what the Business Confucius Institute has to offer, completing all six levels of our evening courses between 2017 and 2019, joining the China Camp trip in 2018 and working towards HSK exams.   Mischa’s original blog post for us in 2018 described how he got started and what his...

Grace Valks, a third year Chinese student at the University of Leeds, recently joined the Business Confucius Institute team as the Mandarin Aspirations Project Assistant. Her internship will involve sharing stories about people’s Mandarin learning experiences to educate and inspire other learners. We asked Grace to introduce herself by sharing...