Dr Eddie Chaobo Fu


Co Dean: Confucius Institute
031 373 5813
Dr Eddie Chaobo FU is an academician from Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University in Fuzhou, China. He is selected and designated as the co-dean of DUT Confucius Institute by Chinese National HANBAN/Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing.

He is a language and culture teacher, researcher and scholar, and his doctoral background is on Chinese agricultural economy and management.

He has served in various language teaching and research academic associations in Fujian, China; and from 2006-2009 he served as a consul in the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Johannesburg.


DUT CI LOGOOn the morning of March 26, 2013, under the co-witness of the visiting Chinese President Mr Xi Jinping and South African President Mr Jacob Zuma, Confucius Institute(CI) at DUT was established during the China President’s first diplomatic visit after his inauguration. And in February, 2014,it formally started its functioning at DUT.

DUT CI currently has a Chinese Culture Experience Center, a Chinese Language and Culture Resource Center and other teaching facilities in M L Sultan Campus.

Main functions and services of DUT CI: offering different mandarin courses for DUT Community, middle and primary school students, and local community, including all levels of mandarin courses, Chinese culture courses, specially designed business mandarin course and tourist mandarin course; introducing China and Chinese culture; organizing series of Chinese cultural events; training local mandarin teachers; organizing vocational and technical training; holding Chinese Proficiency Tests like HSK, HSKK, etc.; organizing student Summer/Winter Camp to China; assist CI learner to apply for CI scholarships either from the headquarters or from Chinese universities; promoting cooperation and programs between DUT and FAFU; facilitating educational, cultural and academic exchanges between South Africa and China universities, Durban and Fuzhou in China, and KwaZulu-Natal and China Fujian Province.

Courses 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 2.5 months.

Basic Conversational Mandarin (Level 1) 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 withing a specific framework.
  • Speak basic Mandarin in simple dialogue by engaging in topic-related conversations.
  • Write at least 100 Chinese characters.

The course also provides an opportunity for the course attendees to begin developing language proficiency towards setting a Chinese Language Proficiency Test.

Admission Requirements:

  • No prior knowledge of Chinese language is required.

Programme Presentation:

  • This programme is offered from 9am – 12pm on Saturdays over 2.5 months.


 Chinese Courses to be offered by DUT Confucius Institute


To Register, Contact:

Confucius Institute – DUT
Tel: 031 373 5814
Email: cidut_sa@yeah.net

Contact Information

Secretary to Dean Mr Meng Zhang
Tel: 031 373 5814
Email: zhangmeng20358190@gmail.com
Faculty Office DUT M L Sultan Campus
Fax: 031 373 5815
Address: 3rd Floor, Mariam Bee Building, ML Sultan Campus, Durban University of Technology; 41/43 ML Sultan Road, Durban, 4001, South Africa