Spanish Prime Minister to attend opening of Confucius Institute in Leon; 19 others approved this year
Friday, September 23, 2011
Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero will attend the opening of the Confucius Institute on 10 October that the Chinese government will be launching at the university in Leon.The total number of institutes throughout the world is now 256 - a complete list can be seen here.
The Confucius Institute in Leon is the latest to open, and forms part of the twenty that have been approved this year. Among other cities have been Chicago, Baku (Azerbaijan), University of Wales (UK), and Stockholm. Leon is the smallest city to receive a Confucius institute (note: population is about 337,000), but number of Chinese language students per year is expected to be 200. China has provided 100,000 euros at the beginning to give the centre the necessary resources to begin activity.