Huanqiu reprinted a report originally published on China.org.cn on December 4, 2009, describing the development of Confucius Institutes around the world. Since 2004, 282 Confucius Institutes have been set up in 88 countries. At present, online Confucius Institutes are available to 149 countries. In addition, there are 11 Confucius radio broadcasting classes.
In 2009, the National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (NOCFL) has sent 2,060 training teachers to 109 countries and 2,740 Chinese language volunteer teachers to 71 countries. At the same time, 1,020 foreign students from 50 countries are studying in China for their Master’s degrees, majoring in International Chinese Education, and 2,200 foreign students are studying the Chinese language in China. Over 1,000 U.S. elementary and secondary school principals have been invited to visit China.
Source: China.org.cn, December 04, 2009