The establishment of he Confucius Institute at the University of Bahrain is one of the fruits of the historic and auspicious visit of HM King Hamad bin Isa AI Khalifa , King of Bahrain , to the People ‘s Republic of China in September 2013, during which a memorandum of understanding between Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing)and University of Bahrain was signed to establish a branch of the institute of the University of Bahrain in collaboration with Shanghai University. The inauguration of CIUOB (Confucius Institute at University of Bahrain) on 15th April 2014 has been held when celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between the Kingdom of Bahrain and People’s Republic of China which was on 18 April 1989.


The Confucius institute aims at:


  • Meet the demands of the Chinese language learning Bahrain people, by offering different types of Chinese courses.
  • Organize various cultural activities, to help the Bahrain people understand Chinese culture and promote the cultural exchange and cooperation between Bahrain and China.
  • Work with Hanban and Shanghai University to organize various visiting-China programs, so that students could visit China, experience the unique charm of Chinese culture.
  • Cooperate with Chinese-funded enterprises in Bahrain, including Dragon City, Huawei, etc., to establish a platform as well as a good language practice environment for Bahrain people, to help them understand Chinese business.
The new HSK test was launched by Hanban in an effort to better serve Chinese language learners. The test is the result of coordinated efforts by domestic and foreign experts from different disciplines including Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology and educational measurement. The new exam combines the advantages of the original HSK while taking into consideration recent trends in Chinese language training by conducting surveys and making use of the latest findings in international language testing.


(1) University Credited Course

Course Description:
This course is suit for non-native Chinese speakers. We seek to help students acquire Pinyin and some basic expressions used in daily life, to read and write short passages with an active vocabulary of about 250 Chinese characters. The course also covers necessary introductions to culture, customs, philosophy, and history which serve as key to study Chinese language.