Yearly Archives: 2007

Confucius Institute for Scotland gains chart success

Despite its relative youth the Confucius Institute for Scotland has been judged to be in the top twenty of over 200 Confucius Institutes worldwide.

At a ceremony next week to be held in the Great Hall of the People, Tiananmen Square, Beijing the Confucius Institute for Scotland will be recognised by Hanban, the Office of Chinese Language Council International, as being one of the top twenty in the world. Professor Natascha Gentz, director of the Confucius Institute for Scotland, will receive a trophy marking the success of the Institute.

Open Evening at the Confucius Institute – December 2007

Come along on Friday 7 December 1800-2000 to participate in our taster language and cultural classes.

Our Open Evening gives you the opportunity to make your New Year resolution in December. Sample a Chinese language lesson, try your hand at calligraphy and enjoy some Chinese music and cultural insights.

With the China Now in Scotland festival taking place next year in the run up to and beyond the Beijing Olympics 2008 is an ideal time to discover China, right here in Scotland.

With classes already filling up for next term which starts Monday 14 January come along and learn about China at the Confucius Institute for Scotland.

Call us on 0131 662 2180 or simply drop in on Friday 7 December between 6pm and 8pm.

Chinese Ambassador visits Confucius Institute

Following a lecture at the Playfair Library, Mme Fu Ying toured the new headquarters of the Confucius Institute for Scotland.

Her Excellency Mme. Fu Ying, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People`s Republic of China to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, spent the day at the University of Edinburgh where she had a number of meetings with the Principal and key staff. Her lecture on the theme of `Educational Co-operation between China and Great Britain` was received with interest and great attention by the invited audience.

Mme Fu had a number of meetings throughout the day and finished her visit with a tour of the Confucius Institute.

Lufthansa offers complimentary tickets to support festival

Airline offers complimentary tickets to support festival.



Lufthansa German Airlines which flies daily to China from Scotland via Frankfurt has signed up as official airline sponsor for China Now in Scotland. A number of event providers will benefit from Lufthansa`s sponsorship which will enable Chinese artists to participate in a number of activities being planned for the China Now in Scotland festival.

Hanban Director and Delegation visit to Confucius Institute for Scotland

A high level delegation, led by Mme Xu Lin, Director General of Hanban, visited Abden House on Wed 24 October.

Mme Xu was warmly welcomed to the Institute by the Principal, Professor Timothy O`Shea. The group were given a tour of the building before Professor Natascha Gentz, Director of the Confucius Institute for Scotland gave a presentation on the current activities of the newly opened Institute.

Hanban Director and Delegation visit to Confucius Institute for Scotland

Hanban Director and Delegation visit to Confucius Institute for Scotland

First Minister unveils a bright future

The official opening of the Confucius Institute for Scotland by Alex Salmond, Scotland`s First Minister saw invited guests and members of the press attend an unveiling ceremony at Abden House.

The official opening of the Confucius Institute for Scotland by Alex Salmond, Scotland`s First Minister saw invited guests and members of the press attend an unveiling ceremony at Abden House.

On arrival the First Minister was `introduced` to Confucius, a beautiful bronze bust, gifted to the Institute by Hanban, sponsors of the Confucius Institute. Principal Timothy O`Shea welcomed the First Minister and Minister Counsellor Wang from the Chinese Embassy to the Institute along with other special guests including senior representation from Fudan University, the Chinese Consul General and a 12-strong delegation from Zhuhai Province.

Having formally opened the Institute and launched China Now in Scotland, the First Minister then unveiled a 2 metre high statue of Huang Kuan, the first Chinese graduate of any European university, who achieved his doctorate in medicine at the University of Edinburgh, 150 years ago.
This statue was donated by the city of Zhuhai Province in Guangdong province from where Huang Kuan originated.

With the official proceedings at an end, the First Minister led the way in signing a commemorative scroll under the tutorship of Mme Szeto, calligraphy teacher at the Institute.

Many thanks go to all staff, students, volunteers and guests whose support and presence ensured the launch activities were successful.

Guest Speaker Events – October 2007

Mid-October will see two special evening events taking place.

On Thursday 18 October in Lecture Room 4 of the Appleton Tower, University of Edinburgh, George Square, Edinburgh a lecture will be delivered by Dr Boy Luethje of the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research. The topic is “Behind the China Price: Capitalist Transformation, Work & Trade Unions in China”.

A massive shift in economic power is under way with China leading the world in manufacturing and export and with prices that undercut all competitors. But for the workers, what is the real cost of the Chinese economy ?

A discussion following the presentation will be chaired by Dr Gentz, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Edinburgh.

This event will start at 17:30 and is scheduled to finish at 19:00.

Dr Luethje has taught in Germany, the USA and Hawaii and since 2004 has been a Senior Lecturer at the Franfurt School of Social Research. His research interests include political economy of production and innovation, international division of labour, and industrial relations.
He is also a Labour educator for German unions in the information and communications industry.

The second event will take place on Friday 19 October. Entitled `Our History is Still Being Written` the evening will provide some fascinating cross-cultural history focusing as it does on the story of three Chinese -Cuban generals in the Cuban Revolution. Please see the PDF for full details.

Music & Calligraphy workshops

Taster workshops offered at the Confucius Institute. 

In October four taster sessions designed to illustrate the relationship between music and calligraphy will run at the Confucius Institute for Scotland.

Led by Kimho Ip and Mme Szeto each workshop will last for 2 hours. Priced at only £25 per person a maximum of eight places are offered on each date. Each workshop will run from 14.00-16.00 on Monday afternoons.

You can reserve a place on a Taster Workshops on either Monday 1st, Monday 8th, Monday 22nd or Monday 29th. In the first instance simply call us on 0131 662 2180 to reserve a place.

In November a maximum of four places are available for a three week programme of two hour workshops running Monday 5th, 12th and 19th November. The cost for the November Workshop series is £240 inclusive of all materials.

All workshops are hands-on and students will be able to take their finished work away. Places are limited so please register now.

Open Day at the Confucius Institute – September 2007

Wednesday 19 September will see the Confucius Institute for Scotland hold an Open Day.

From 11am-7pm the team will be ready to welcome you to the Institute where in a short visit you will be able to try to learn a little Chinese, review course materials and check out the facilities we have to offer. In addition to the language and cultural programme presentations the Open Day will give you the chance to watch (and perhaps imitate) a maestro at work on the Yangqin, the beautiful Chinese hammered dulcimer. You will also be able to watch a film, and perhaps try your hand at calligraphy.

This is a great opportunity to find out more about the various programmes on offer, meet the Institute staff, tour public areas of the building, and view the gardens. We hope you will come along and to help us ensure we can welcome you appropriately we would encourage you to pre-register if at all possible. Simply download the enrolment form and email, fax or post this back.

Alternatively give us a call on 0131 662 2180 Failing which, please just come along!

This Open Day will take place prior to the official launch and opening activities planned for late September. Be among the first to know…Book now!

Download Enrolment Form

China Now in Scotland Advisory group meets to plan preview launch – August 2008

On Tuesday 28 August the hardworking China Now in Scotland Advisory Group met at Abden House to finalise plans for the preview launch of this festival which will go live in February 2008. The festival will feature a varied and ever growing programme spanning education, culture, sports, science and business. While the majority of events are taking place in the Central Belt, programme planning is underway Orkney, Aberdeen, Perth, Kinross and points south and west.

A preview launch for China Now in Scotland will take place in late September following which the website will open. This will provide information about events across the country and also advise event organisers how to get involved.