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The Confucius Institute at Suez Canal University: A Tool in China’s Public Diplomacy

Sari, Mahdi (2017) ACET35
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University
Abstract
This thesis will analyze the Confucius Institute at Suez Canal University in Egypt. Since 2004 China has been establishing Confucius Institute around the World. The official task of these institutes is to teach Chinese language and culture to foreign publics. However, there are many different opinions about these institutes, and thus superiority of a certain position is absent. Some of the previous literature perceive Confucius Institute as Soft Power instrument while some other argue that the institutes simply aim to teach Chinese language and culture. This thesis, which is an interview study, asks about the power mechanism operating in Confucius Institute at Suez Canal University in Egypt. Its aim is to find out whether Chinese political... (More)
This thesis will analyze the Confucius Institute at Suez Canal University in Egypt. Since 2004 China has been establishing Confucius Institute around the World. The official task of these institutes is to teach Chinese language and culture to foreign publics. However, there are many different opinions about these institutes, and thus superiority of a certain position is absent. Some of the previous literature perceive Confucius Institute as Soft Power instrument while some other argue that the institutes simply aim to teach Chinese language and culture. This thesis, which is an interview study, asks about the power mechanism operating in Confucius Institute at Suez Canal University in Egypt. Its aim is to find out whether Chinese political and economic interests work at this institute. Also, since most of the previous literature lack empirical backgrounds in their studies which make them more abstract, this study by analyzing the Confucius Institute at Suez Canal University adds its result to previous findings as an attempt to make the picture about the nature of Confucius Institutes clearer. (Less)
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author
Sari, Mahdi
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ACET35
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Confucius Institute, Public Diplomacy, Critical realism, Political and Economic Interests, China, Egypt
language
English
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8924607
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2017-09-04 13:00:49
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  abstract     = {This thesis will analyze the Confucius Institute at Suez Canal University in Egypt. Since 2004 China has been establishing Confucius Institute around the World. The official task of these institutes is to teach Chinese language and culture to foreign publics. However, there are many different opinions about these institutes, and thus superiority of a certain position is absent. Some of the previous literature perceive Confucius Institute as Soft Power instrument while some other argue that the institutes simply aim to teach Chinese language and culture. This thesis, which is an interview study, asks about the power mechanism operating in Confucius Institute at Suez Canal University in Egypt. Its aim is to find out whether Chinese political and economic interests work at this institute. Also, since most of the previous literature lack empirical backgrounds in their studies which make them more abstract, this study by analyzing the Confucius Institute at Suez Canal University adds its result to previous findings as an attempt to make the picture about the nature of Confucius Institutes clearer.},
  author       = {Sari, Mahdi},
  keyword      = {Confucius Institute,Public Diplomacy,Critical realism,Political and Economic Interests,China,Egypt},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Confucius Institute at Suez Canal University: A Tool in China’s Public Diplomacy},
  year         = {2017},
}