How do cultural concepts of Chinese and western medicine compare?

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Friday 04 March 2016

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In the lead up to the opening of Coventry University’s prestigious new Confucius Institute in May this year, a series of events are planned, the next one being a lecture by a leading prominent traditional Chinese physician.

Dr Qingwei Guan, Director of Beijing Tong Ren Tang Chinese Medicine Hospital will address University staff and students at 4pm on Monday 7th March G33 at the Richard Crossman Building.

As part of the countdown to the official opening of the Confucius Institute, Dr Guan will present a ‘Comparison of cultural concepts between Chinese and western medicine.’

The University has collaborated with Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics (JUFE) in Nanchang, south-east China, to set up the Confucius Institute, which will be dedicated to supporting international trade for regional businesses and helping the local community to learn about Chinese language and culture.

The institute will be open to students, local school pupils and businesses, with a particular focus on helping West Midlands SMEs boost trade and export links with China through improved awareness and understanding of the country's business culture.

Coventry's Institute will become the region's only Confucius Centre and one of 26 in the UK, and aims to offer a range of learning opportunities at all levels – from children's courses to teacher training – each with a view to improving links between China and the West Midlands.

School-based 'Confucius Classrooms' also operate around the world to teach Mandarin Chinese to children, including one at Finham Park School in Coventry and another at Robin Hood Academy in Birmingham.


For further information, please contact Jeanette Lunt, Press & Media Relations Officer, Coventry University, on 02477659752 or email