Yearly Archives: 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

Cinema China 2007

Cinema China 2007 celebrated Chinese cinema covering eight decades of Chinese movie-making in 26 films and drawing audiences of over 5000 during one intensive weekend in the Edinburgh Filmhouse.

Cinema China presented a unique insight into eight decades of Chinese film making. Launched at Edinburgh Castle with Maggie Cheung, Chinese cinema’s leading lady in attendance, a total of 26 classic movies were shown in venues across Scotland.The programme then toured to 20 other cinemas in the UK.

This event was a partnership in which the Confucius Institute for Scotland worked with Mark Cousins, former director of Edinburgh’s Film Festival, the University of Edinburgh’s own film studies department and Beijing Film Academy.

In addition to a workshop with Maggie Cheung, Chinese cinema’s leading lady, and a masterclass from world famous director Xie Fe, the Institute also arranged a complementary programme of 15 lectures on Chinese cinema and a schools’ educational programme.

The origins of the Cinema China event stemmed from an agreement between the University of Edinburgh and the Beijing Film Academy. The support and commitment of individuals and organisations took the original concept and developed it into the largest celebration of Chinese cinema in the UK to that date.

Read the full story of Cinema China’s evolution and programme.