Confucius Institute at Palacky University in Olomouc was officially established on 26 September 2007. Its founders with the right of certified Chinese language teaching are Palacky University in cooperation with Beijing Foreign Studies University. In addition to language courses, CI also provides training for Chinese language teachers and popularization of Chinese culture in the Czech Republic, e.g. Chinese movie screenings, lectures, etc. Also, CI provides consultations in the field of education, business, etc.
The concept of CI courses is thoroughly thought out and thus it provides consistency in teaching. Lessons are organized according to curriculum which has been tested for years in daily practice and (when needed) flexibly upgraded in accordance with new knowledge about teaching foreign languages. The courses are supplemented with lectures, trainings, individual consultations and movie screening about China and Chinese culture. CI activities are not focused only on university students, but also on professionals and public. Chinese headquarters has provided to our CI 100,000 USD as a capital and 3,000 books and other multimedia materials for Chinese language teaching.
CI at UP is the first institution of its kind in the Czech Republic and continues the long tradition of Chinese language teaching at Palacky University. Beijing Foreign Studies University is a prestigious Chinese university where 43 foreign languages are taught. Also, it is the only university in China where the Czech language is offered.