The global network of Confucius Institute (孔子 学院) is a network of international cultural and educational centres set up by Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban, 国家汉办, Beijing, China) in cooperation with foreign centers of sinology studies. In addition to "institutes" there are "Confucius classes". Some institutions have a specialization, such as Business Confucius Institute in Athens, London Confucius Institute of Chinese Medicine. The name of an outstanding thinker, philosopher, teacher of ancient times, Confucius. Is assigned to the network of institutions similar to Institute named after Cervantes (Spain) and Goethe Institute (Germany).
Confucius is a bright representative of Chinese culture. As a window into the world of the East, Confucius Institute meets the needs of those wishing to study Chinese language in the world, helping people from different countries to learn about the culture and history of China, introduces them to the achievements of Chinese civilization, serves as a bridge of friendship and mutual understanding between China and peoples around the world.