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Given that chinesetest.cn already lists exam schedules of the current HSK/HSKK  for all of 2021 up to December, it does seem likely that there would be no changes to exam arrangements until 2022 at the earliest.



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My understanding is for all extents and purposes , it is just a name change and won't alter how the front end of the CI works!


Here's hoping the CI's stay in the UK for a long time! I feel they only get bad PR in a handful of countries. Predominantly from a global perspective they are welcomed!

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I've had a few replies from the UK Confucius Institutes I emailed, and to summarise:

  • Yes, Hanban is gone and CIEF/CLEC is now managing the centres
  • CLEC will be "less involved [than Hanban was] with individual CI affairs, with many of the strategic and operational decisions left to the institutional level between the host and Chinese partner institutions."
  • None of the UK CIs are expecting to close (unlike the situation in the US for example)

Perhaps most significantly:

  • None of the 5 who replied currently know anything about the format or organisation of the new HSK 3.0 exams (and the guy from Lancaster quoted above didn't even know that was happening). 
  • One of them said "We are still waiting for further notification from the central testing centre as to how the new testing is going to play out."




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I was recently in touch with a Dutch CI, which I was worried was closing, but they assured me that they are not, that their partnership with the university will continue as planned and that the project I was going to do for them will take place. I am not 100% reassured, but it looks like the Hanban changes at least don't affect this CI.

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