The Hanoi University (HANU) and China’s Guangxi Normal University will cooperate in opening a Confucius Institute in Vietnam.

An agreement to this effect was signed between the two sides during the visit by a HANU delegation to attend the eighth Global Confucius Conference in China ’s capital Beijing on December 7-8.

The institute, to be located at the HANU, is scheduled to start operation in December 2013.

On the sideline of the conference, the HANU delegation, led by its rector Nguyen Dinh Luan, met with Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters Xu Lin.

At the meeting, Xu said that the conference attracted the participation of more than 2,000 rectors and representatives of Confucius institutes from 120 countries and territories worldwide.

The Confucius Institute is designed to help foreigners learn about China through courses in language and culture, thus boosting the mutual understanding and friendship between China and other countries, she added.

As many as 440 Confucius institutes and 646 Confucius classes have been set up in 120 countries throughout the world.-VNA