DMU to run Mandarin and Chinese summer school

By Matthew Chandler


A summer school offering De Montfort University (DMU) staff and students the chance to learn Mandarin and explore Chinese culture on campus will take place in June.

The summer school, run by the DMU Confucius Institute, will run from Monday, June 25, to Friday, June 29, and will include activities such as learning basic Mandarin used in daily life and participating in various traditional Chinese art forms.

Mark Charlton, head of public engagement at DMU Square Mile, said: “Our courses allow people to have a greater understanding of Chinese culture; it gives people the opportunity to learn new languages.

“Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world. It is useful for many things, especially business, and we are able to offer interesting activities that are more creative.”


Mark, who speaks a small amount of Mandarin himself, hopes to continue the university’s good work in partnership with the University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB) by eventually visiting the country, and highlighted the importance of understanding and appreciating Chinese culture.

“Sometimes the United Kingdom does not promote the value of learning foreign languages as well as other countries,” he said.

“I think as a university we recognise the importance of a global community and the ability to communicate together in different ways. China is a global economic power and it is important economically that the country maintains a strong relationship with China.

“Culturally it is important that we teach people the many different interesting and positive elements of their culture.”

Classes will run every day from Monday to Friday from 10am to midday and 1.30 to 3.30pm.

Places on the summer school are limited to 20 and is a first come, first served opportunity. You can sign up at

For more information, contact Mark at: or Harriet Pole, widening participation co-ordinator, at

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