VIENNA, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Delegates of 47 confucius institutes from 22 European countries attended the 2012 Joint Conference of European Confucius Institutes opening ceremony in University of Vienna Friday.
The three-day conference is held specifically for the confucius institutes established no longer than three years ago to exchange their experience.
Confucius institutes and Chinese teaching are flourishing in Europe in recent years, which serve as a window for Europeans to understand Chinese culture.
There have been 132 confucius institutes established in 34 European countries, with a total enrollment of over 97,000 European students.
Liu Min, head of Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine, told Xinhua that foreigners are increasingly interested in learning Chinese language, history and culture, while many students won job opportunities thanks to learning Chinese.