The Confucius Institute for Scotland's Schools (CISS), based at the University of Strathclyde, was named global Confucius Institute of the Year on 8 December 2014, chosen from among 475 centres around the world to receive the award. It was awarded the accolade by Hanban, affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education.
CISS provides support to more than 300 schools across Scotland and aims to further the teaching of Chinese language and culture.
Professor Sir Jim McDonald, principal of the University of Strathclyde, commented, “more than 20,000 pupils across Scotland are benefiting from Chinese language and cultural learning activities thanks to the Confucius Institute at Strathclyde”. He added, “we equip these pupils with a global outlook and skills that will support them throughout their careers in business, industry and the professions”.
CISS was launched in June 2012 (see our news story here) and aims to support the delivery of high-quality Chinese language learning to Scotland's children.
It provides strategic direction to Confucius classroom hubs, supports teachers, promotes the benefits of learning about Chinese language and culture, and works closely with Hanban, Tianjin Education Commission (as the hubs are twinned with Tianjin schools) and the Scottish Government.
CISS recently added four more Confucius classroom hubs - taking its total in Scotland to 16, covering 21 local authority areas. The new hubs are in the Midlothian, Stirling, Shetland and Highland council areas (see our links page here for a full list).
For more background on the work of CISS, see their website.