The fifth Confucius Institute in Scotland was opened at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh on 10th June 2014, joining those already established at Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Aberdeen Universities. Scotland now has the most Confucius Institutes per head of population in the world.
The new centre will be known as the Scottish Confucius Institute for Business and Communication, and builds on Heriot-Watt’s long-term interest in China, its international strategy, and its mission and reputation as one of the UK's leading institutions in linking business and academia. Heriot-Watt’s Confucius Institute also partners the University with China’s Tianjin University for Finance and Economics.
It has been set up at Heriot-Watt University after being approved by the Chinese Government’s Ministry of Education last November (see this Scottish Government news release issued during the First Minister's last visit to China).
Accompanied by Chinese musicians from Tianjin University, attending the launch were (left to right)
Pan Xinchun, Consul General of the PRC in Edinburgh ; Mike Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning ; Professor Steve Chapman, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University ; Professor Li Weian, Principal of Tianjin University of Finance and Economics ; and Shen Yang, Minister Counsellor for Education, from the PRC Embassy in London
Opening the new Institute, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Mike Russell said, “this new Confucius Centre will be a fantastic addition to Heriot-Watt University and to Scotland. Mandarin is one of the world’s most widely spoken languages and it’s important that people in Scotland get the opportunity to learn about China, its language and its growing role in the modern world. Through promoting Chinese language and culture for educational and business purposes, the Institute will complement the Scottish Government’s China Strategy and our aim to increase trade and educational collaborations with China through greater mutual understanding between our respective cultures”.
For more coverage of the opening event, see this Heriot-Watt news release.
The Institute's website can now be found here.