Monthly Archives: July 2007

Confucius Institute settles into Abden House

Three months after opening interim offices within the University of Edinburgh central campus, the Confucius Institute for Scotland today moved to its permanent headquarters, Abden House.

The refurbishment work co-ordinated by the Estates and Buildings department within the University of Edinburgh, was part sponsored by the Scottish Executive. The work carried out to the upper floors has created a superb contemporary teaching and learning environment.

Timetabled classes at Abden House will start in October 2007 prior to which there will be a number of `taster` events to introduce the Institute and its activities to businesses and the interested public.

Teach Chinese in Scottish Schools – official qualification now available

For the first time in Scotland, in 2009, the University of Edinburgh’s Moray House School of Education is pleased to offer a PGDE in Chinese/Mandarin.

This course has come about through co-operation between the Moray House School of Education, the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh, the Scotland-China Education Network (SCEN) and the Scottish Executive.

This year places are available for 5 students.  If you are interested in taking a PGDE certificate please visit Morayhouse College of Education’s website page on this topic.


Delegation visit from Vice-Minister of Education in China

The Confucius Institute for Scotland hosted a high level delegation visit led by Mme Wu Qidi, Vice-Minister of Education in China.

The visit gave the party the opportunity to tour the newly refurbished Confucius Institute for Scotland prior to the discussions on higher education issues and opportunities.

Delegation details

    • Mme Wu Qidi
      Vice-Minister of Education of China. 
    • Mr. Wang Yongda,
      Minister Counsellor
    • Mr. Chang Quansheng,
      Education Section, Chinese Embassy UK
    • Mr. Guo Lixin
      Deputy Director-General, Ministry of Education, China
    • Mr. Niu Yanbing
      Deputy Director-General, Ministry of Education ,China
    • Mr. Jiang Feng
      Deputy Director-General, International Cooperation and
      Exchanges, China
    • Ms Zhang Jin
      Deputy Director, Division of European Affairs, China
  • Ms Lin Xiaoqing
    Secretary to the Vice Minister