The Chinese economy is becoming more influential every year. Gaining knowledge of the Chinese language and culture can offer tremendous opportunities for you or your organization. Are you doing business with China already, and do you need support? Or are you looking for opportunities for doing business in China?

The Groningen Confucius Institute (GCI) is the ideal partner for all of your business ambitions in China. The GCI is a collaboration of the City of Groningen, the University of Groningen and the Hanze University Groningen, University of Applied Sciences. These three parties have worked together with reliable partners in China for many years. In addition, the GCI is working closely together with the Chinese government. This allows us to open doors for your business that would otherwise remain closed.

Our Services

Tailor-made consultancy

Perhaps you have a question or practical problem related to doing business with China. Maybe you need thorough market research or a reliable business partner for import or export purposes. With the help of our expertise and network we can help you find answers to all business- related questions. Furthermore, we can facilitate in creating contacts and removing barriers.
Chinese Business Culture Training

The Chinese culture is a special culture. To do business with Chinese people successfully, it is important to be aware of the do's and don'ts in business situations. In this course you will learn about important aspects of Chinese business culture. After completing this course you will have the tools for successful communication with your Chinese partners.

Dutch Business Culture Training (given in Mandarin Chinese or English)

The Dutch business culture is quite different from the Chinese business culture. This course provides the knowledge, insight and skills you need for successfully doing business with the Dutch. After completing this course you will have the tools for successful communication with your Dutch business partners.

Setting up an Office in China

Do you or one of your staff members, temporarily or permanently, intend to settle in China? This requires good organization and preparation and the GCI can help you with this process. If you are looking for practical information, relevant contacts, or perhaps an organization to outsource this, the GCI can offer assistance.

Trade Missions

In China the government plays a crucial role in doing business. Since the GCI is supported by the Chinese government, we are able to set up successful trade missions. The GCI is now exploring possibilities for a joint trade mission of the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Finland.

Language Courses

Knowing the basics of the Chinese language will give you a remarkable advantage in communicating with your Chinese business partner. The GCI offers an extensive range of courses, including a Business Chinese course starting in January 2012.

For more information about our services or for tailor-made advice feel free to contact us at +31-50-3634688, or send an e-mail to

Our strategic partner:

Groningen Confucius Institute
Oude Boteringestraat 42
9712 GL Groningen

Boteringestraat 44
9712 GL Groningen

tel. +31 (0)50 - 36 34 688