Confucius Institute Day is a program initiated by the Confucius Institute Headquarters to celebrate the 10th anniversary of founding. Since the first Confucius Institute was inaugurated in Korea in 2004, the number of Confucius Institutes has grown rapidly. Confucius Institute Day is to celebrate this big achievement. But more importantly, it is to better serve Chinese language and culture learners and meet their needs of learning more about and understanding China. Kazan Federal University joined the globe in this celebration on September, 27.
The festivities started on September 15 with a Chinese teachers contest where professors of the Institute of international Relations, History and Oriental Studies competed among others.
Open classes and workshops in Chinese language, traditional Chinese culture and a tea ceremony were held on the very Confucius Institute Day. The official ceremony was kicked off by welcoming speeches of Ms. Li Miao, Chinese Director of the KFU Confucius Institute, Dinar Khairutdinov, Russian Deputy Director, and Rustem Mukhametzyanov, the Head of the KFU Department of Chinese Studies.
The event turned to be significant for the life of the city. Traditional and modern Chinese culture pervaded the performances of professional artists and students. The spectators warmly welcomed Chinese patriotic songs, piano and violin performances.
The Confucius Institute program began in 2004 and is overseen by Hanban (officially the Office of Chinese Language Council International). The program is governed by a council whose top-level members are drawn from Communist Party of China leadership and various state ministries. The institutes operate in co-operation with local affiliate colleges and universities around the world, and financing is shared between Hanban and the host institutions.
The first Confucius Institute opened on 21 November 2004 in Seoul, South Korea. Hundreds more have since opened in dozens of countries around the world with the highest concentration of Institutes in the United States, Japan, and South Korea. There are 20 institutes in Russia. As of 2014, there were over 480 Confucius Institutes in dozens of countries on six continents. The Ministry of Education estimates 100 million people overseas may be learning Chinese by 2010 and the program is continuing rapid expansion to keep pace. Hanban aims to establish 1,000 Confucius Institutes by 2020.
Confucius Institute in Kazan Federal University opened in 2007 under the cooperation agreement between KFU and Hunan University. Today the KFU Confucius Institute successfully promotes Chinese culture through teaching Chinese language, holding scientific conferences, organizing internships and trainings for students and professors in China, and providing international exams in Chinese.