Frank Lin WU

Position: Co-Dean: Confucius Institute
Telephone: 031 373 5813

Frank Lin WU is an Academic and Administration staff member from Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU) in Fuzhou, China. He was selected and designated as the Co-Dean of the DUT Confucius Institute by the Chinese National HANBAN/Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing. From 2011 to2013, Frank Lin WU offered his professional services from within the International Department at Dalhousie University in Canada, engaged in the development of international cooperation and exchange projects. In 2013, he served as the Assistant Dean at the Overseas Education College at FAFU, taking responsibility for foreign student’s affairs and for the teaching of the Chinese language to speakers of other languages.

Course Offered:

China and Chinese Culture Course – combines an introduction to elementary Chinese language with the opportunity for attendees to acquire a basic knowledge of China and Chinese Culture.

Course Outcome:

On completing this course, the attendee will acquire:

  • A broad understanding of China and basic Mandarin.
  • A general impression about China and Chinese people, Chinese Pinyin and Chinese characters.
  • Essential knowledge of Chinese customs and culture.
  • An insight into how to respond to situations in a culturally appropriate manner.

Admission Requirements:

No prior knowledge of Chinese is required.

Programme Presentation:

This programme is offered from 9am – 12pm on Saturdays over 8 weeks.

Basic Conversational Mandarin Course – provides course attendees with the elementary knowledge of the Chinese language, Chinese characters and the ability to speak basic mandarin.

Course Outcomes:

On completing this course, the course attendee will be able to:

  • Understand the Chinese language within a specific framework.
  • Speak basic Mandarin in simple dialogue by engaging in topic-related conversations.
  • The course also provides an opportunity for the course attendees to begin developing language proficiency towards setting a Chinese Language Proficiency Test (HSK) and to pass the HSK (Level I)*

*The HSK is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. HSK consists of six levels, namely the HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI).

The levels of the HSK correspond to the levels of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages (CLPS) and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) as follows:

New HSK Vocabulary CLPS CEF
HSK (Level VI) Over 5,000 Level V C2
HSK (Level V) 2500 C1
HSK (Level IV) 1200 Level IV B2
HSK (Level III) 600 Level III B1
HSK (Level II) 300 Level II A2
HSK (Level I) 150 Level I A1


Admission Requirements:

No prior knowledge of Chinese language is required.

Programme Presentation:

This programme is offered from 9am – 12pm on Saturdays over 10 weeks.

Other Course offered by Confucius Institute at DUT: Elementary Mandarin, Intermediate Mandarin, Advanced Mandarin, Chinese Martial Arts, and Chinese Music, for more information, feel free to contact us by email or drop by Confucius Institute office.





The Confucius Institute (CI) at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) was officially established on the morning of March 26 2013, under the co-witness of the visiting Chinese President XI Jinping and the previous South African President Jacob Zuma, during President XI’s first diplomatic visit after his inauguration. The partner universities of the DUT CI are DUT from the KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa and Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU) from Fujian Province, China.

The Confucius Institute at DUT formally started its operations in February, 2014. It is currently located at the DUT ML Sultan campus with an Office Zone including staff offices, a meeting room, a reception and culture exhibiting area and one shared language laboratory. Currently the DUT CI is also equipped with a Chinese Culture Experience Center, a Library and a dedicated Chinese language lab. The HSK Test Centre and the International Chinese Language Teacher Examination Centre, which is the only one on the African Continent, have also been established at the DUT Confucius Institute.

At present there are 2 full-time Mandarin Lecturers, 6 Volunteer Lecturers and 1 Admin Assistant in the DUT CI. They collectively take responsibility for the numerous Chinese Language Programs and Culture Projects that are planned and implemented from within the Confucius Institute, that include the following:

  • offering Mandarin programs of all levels and varieties, courses about China and Chinese culture, to the DUT Community, Durban primary/high schools, Durban local community, and other universities in the KwaZulu Natal Province
  • holding Chinese Proficiency Tests
  • training local Mandarin teachers/educators
  • organizing annually a series of Chinese Cultural events
  • prompting academic exchanges and scientific research cooperation and collaboration between DUT and Chinese universities and research institutes
  • organizing annual Summer/Winter Camps for excellent Mandarin registered learners to China
  • recommending and assisting CI learners to apply for scholarships either from the CI Headquarters, Chinese Government or from Chinese universities for undergraduate and post-graduate studies in China
  • strengthening the links with local enterprises,especially with local Chinese enterprises, to explore potential cooperation models between universities and enterprises, to assist students to secure work related internships, skills training or job opportunities
  • facilitating other educational, cultural and academic exchanges between South Africa and China.

Since its formal operations in 2014, the DUT CI has successfully offered different programs of Chinese language and culture to more than 3000 registered learners from the DUT community, including staff members and students, the greater Durban community and local secondary schools; more than 60 cultural functions and events have been hosted or co-hosted by the DUT CI during the past four years, with around 80000 participants from the local and Chinese communities in South Africa. Moreover, hundreds of Mandarin learners from DUT CI have attended the winter/summer camps and were offered the opportunity to study in China for short-term courses, and another ten academics and senior managers from DUT have established close academic partnerships with their Chinese counterparts, with the assistance and support from the DUT CI staff.

As a characteristic of the global Confucius Institutes, the DUT CI works as a bridge to promote cooperation between DUT and the Chinese Universities such as Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Shanghai Maritime University, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, to advance collaborations in the fields of Water Resources Management, Food Science and Engineering, Maritime Studies, Fashion and Design, Technical and Electrical Engineering, Horticulture, etc., and also in the fields of visiting and joint applications in various projects.

Moreover, the DUT CI has been dedicated to vocational and technical training, contributing to the economic development of local communities by exploiting the discipline advantages of DUT and FAFU. For example, DUT CI has been promoting the development of JUNCAO Technology in KwaZulu-Natal by organizing local students or graduates to receive JUNCAO Technology Training in China. According to local enterprises and society’s demand, DUT CI has also focused on specific skills and vocational training programs and recommended excellent students to work in local Chinese enterprises.

All these programs have greatly promoted Durban University of Technology and the DUT CI itself within and outside Durban, KwaZuluNatal and South Africa. In 2017, the DUT CI received the prestigious Award for being “The Global Advanced CI” from among the 525 Confucius Institutes and 1113 Confucius classes in Primary and Secondary schools in the world.

Contact Information

Confucius Institute-DUT

Address: 3rd Floor, Mariam Bee Building, ML Sultan Campus, Durban University of Technology;
41/43 ML Sultan Road, Durban, 4001, South Africa
Tel:+27 31 373 5814