The Audi Konfuzius-Institut Ingolstadt is a non-profit organisation for the teaching of Chinese language and culture. It is similar to German Goethe-Institute, the British Council or the French Institute Francais. It offers a broad variety of Chinese courses and cultural events. Beside this classic mission of a Confucius Institute, which is to enhance inter-cultural understanding, the Audi Konfuzius Institut Ingolstadt also promotes China-German collaboration with regard to technology, innovation, sustainability and management. This is unique amongst the more than 500 institutes worldwide.
The Audi Konfuzius-Institut Ingolstadt opened in 2016 and is located at the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt. Its main sponsors are Audi AG, Stadt Ingolstadt, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI), Southern China University of Technology (SCUT), and Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters), which is part of the Chinese Ministery of Education.
Chinas economy, its trade with the rest of the world, and the subsequent international relations with Germany have increased manifold in recent years. Therefore, there is a huge interest for Chinese language courses and culture. It has becomes evident that bi-lateral economic relationships are unsustainable in the long run without an exchange on a cultural level. With this in mind, the Audi Konfuzius-Institut Ingolstadt supports the China strategy of the Stadt Ingolstadt and its region in a very special way without neglecting the issues of technology, innovation, sustainability and management. The institute is a meeting place to make China and Germany true partners and its courses are open to all.
The Audi Konfuzius-Institut Ingolstadt is named after the great Chinese philosopher Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC). The name means Kǒng Zǐ, which means „Master Kong“. Core elements of his teachings are respect, justice and a good moral, which is in harmony with the world. Continuous learning and good education are the core elements for achieving these objectives. We share these values and agree with Goethe in his conversation with Eckermann (3 part, 26 April 1823) when he says that the Chinese and the Germans have “many similarities”