Yearly Archives: 2008

Beijing: Third Confucius Institute Conference

Third Confucius Institute Conference Beijing 2008

Third Confucius Institute Conference Beijing 2008

A second accolade for excellence to the Confucius Institute for Scotland was awarded in Beijing.

Principal, Professor Sir Timothy O`Shea addressed the global audience of over 1000 delegates representing almost 300 Institutes. In his speech he gave his views on the function of Confucius Institutes.

“Confucius Institutes not only promote knowledge about China, they can also serve as a platform facilitating engagement and mutual exchange of ideas.

China today has a focused and strategic approach to science and innovation. It has world class universities, there have been dramatic increases in educational funding at every level. Only an open, diverse and globally engaged innovation system, which directs its energies towards shared global problems such as climate change, public health etc., will benefit China and also the wider world.

Confucius Institutes, set up in partnerships with Chinese Universities and backed by the Chinese and local governments can serve as strategic points to foster research links and exploit these links to best effect.”

Ten month business placement in China on offer

Scottish applicants are being sought for a training scheme in China. Applications are welcome from business executives, entrepreneurs and NGO professionals.

This opportunity to train a member of staff as a qualified expert for the Chinese market has already seen three cohorts each of around 200 managers undertake the ten month training programme. As yet, no applications have been received from Scotland.

The ten month programme is fully funded and a living allowance is included. Only the airfare to/from China is not included.

The deadline for application is 4 January 2009 with the ten month programme beginning in May 2009.

For further details and to apply please visit www.metp.net.cn or call the METP hotline + 49 69 15402 638

Just the ticket for Garrow of Glasgow

Thursday 13th proved to be lucky for Garrow Ltd, one of the 160 companies that registered to attended a China expert panel event organised by the Confucius Institute for Scotland as a finale to the business programme of China Now in Scotland.

Director Bob Garrow attended the Glasgow event with a number of specific questions regarding his ambition to access the China water processing market and was delighted when his number was drawn to win two Business Class return tickets from Scotland to any destination in China served by Lufthansa.

`We supply treatment plants which only require energy. One is a new but proven technology to clean up drinking water; the other is a different technology which cleans up waste water for reuse or safe release to the environment. Both are avaiable at a fraction of the capital costs of traditional method technologies and without the need for expensive built infrastructure.

I came along to this event because I was aware that, because there is no choice, most of China’s one billion people are drinking water which is not clean. We supply a new but proven technology to clean up drinking water as well as a different technology which cleans up waste water for reuse or safe release to the environment. Both are avaiable at a fraction of the capital costs of traditional method technologies and without the need for expensive built infrastructure.

This event was particularly valuable because the panel, while stressing the differences, difficulties and distances, identified that success was possible and pointed me towards helpful resources.

Winning return tickets to China was most welcome and certainly reduces the distance factor. Anyone who can help me deliver these products to the chinese market is welcome but must not expect a free ride!`

Lufthansa which offers flights to Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjing and Shenyang is the airline sponsor of China Now in Scotland. Lufthansa not only provided the tickets for this prize draw, but also provided a number of tickets from China to Scotland which were used to bring over visiting artists taking part in China Now in Scotland.

China Now in Scotland ran from February – November 2008. Over the ten months there have been over 150 events attended by over 70,000 people.

China Expert Panel Glasgow – November 2008

Event Date: 13/11/2008

As a culmination of the ten month long China Now in Scotland festival, the Confucius Institute is organising a series of Expert Panel Events around Scotland.

The Glasgow event will be held in the University of Glasgow
Doors open 6pm business session begins 6.15pm.
A networking drinks/canapés reception will take place after the business session.

To reserve a place please complete the RSVP form which can be downloaded here.

With sponsorship from the Confucius Institute, Arup Scotland and venue hosts, these events are offered at no charge. In addition, all attendees will be entered into a prize draw to win two business class return tickets to any destination in China served by Lufthansa.

Aberdeen Expert Panellists confirmed for 5 Nov – November 2008

A diverse panel of expertise has been assembled for the Expert Panel Event taking place on Wednesday 5 November at the University of Aberdeen which will be chaired by the Right Honourable John Prescott.

CHAIR: Right Honourable John Prescott

      Deputy Prime Minister from May 1997-June 2007, John Prescott chaired the China Task Force from 2003 – 2007 working to forge increased co-operation between the UK and China in the fields of education,
    international development, health, trade and investment, science, culture and sustainable development.

PANELLISTS

Peter Budd, Arup Scotland

      A civil engineer to profession, Peter is chair of Arup Scotland and vice-chair of the China-Britain Business Council. With the significant contracts his company has in China, he is a frequent visitor to China where Arup’s contracts include work on Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3; the Bird’s Nest Stadium; and the Water Cube.
    He is Vice Chair of the China Britain Business Council and Executive Chair of the business advisory group, China Now in Scotland.

David Valentine, Angus Council

      As Head of Economic Development, David Valentine has led Angus Council`s `Angus in China Initiative` for over 12 years. With a tourism and international trade focus particularly in Yantai, Shandong Province where he became an honorary citizen in 2006, he has an extensive network of contacts and knowledge.
    David is the only non-Chinese member of the Scottish Confederation of Chinese Associations.

James Brown, Patent Attorney, Murgitroyd

Murgitroyd is a firm of Scottish based (HQ in Glasgow) European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys with offices not only in the UK but also in France, Germany, Ireland and Italy. The company has become very active in China particularly over the last 5 years or so due to client demand. Protection of IP rights in China is a major focus for Murgitroyd clients where the firm assist not only in IP filings but also in enforcement.

    James’s particular area of expertise is on oil and gas technology such as downhole tools and processes. He has experience of Trade Mark prosecution, opposition and enforcement, especially relating to the entertainment industry and handles IP issues in China.

Donald Smith, Albyn Limited

      Albyn Limited is a specialist haircare company, which began trading with China 10 years ago when Donald Smith, Managing Director set up a Chinese supply base. The company has extensive experience of purchasing in China. Donald has over 23 years experience in all aspects of consumer goods development, manufacture and selling and serves on the North East Committee of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.
    Employing seven people, and with a turnover of around £3M per annum of which 25% is export trade, Albyn customers include Bayer Healthcare, GlaxoSmithkline, Boots, Rive Gauche(Russia) and Douglas(Germany). Brands include Toni and Guy, Trevor Sorbie and Lee Stafford.

Andrew K.P.Leung, SBS, FRSA, International Consultants Ltd

    Chairman of Andrew Leung International, Andrew is a China specialist with 40 years of experience in many senior government positions in Hong Kong, including commerce, industry, banking, finance and overseas diplomatic representation. His last position was Hong Kong’s chief official representative for the United Kingdom and 14 EU and non-EU countries, including Russia, Switzerland and Norway. Chairman of Andrew Leung International Consultants Limited based in London, Andrew has recently been appointed Vice Chairman of the 48 Group Club. Andrew appears regularly on live TV interviews on China with CNBC Europe, BBC Asia, Bloomerberg etc and has given numerous talks, presentations and commentaries on China.

If you have not already booked your place please click here for the information flyer and here for the downloadable RSVP form.

China Expert Panel Edinburgh – October 2008

Event Date: 31/10/2008

As a culmination of the ten month long China Now in Scotland festival, the Confucius Institute is organising four evening events for Scottish businesses.

The Edinburgh event is chaired by Sir Richard Needham, Director for International and Commercial affairs at Dyson who has been largely responsible for the development of the company`s overseas operations in Europe, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, Korea and China.

As Minister of Trade in the early 1990s, he overhauled and reinvigorated Britain`s export strategy. He was made a Privy Counsellor in 1994 and knighted in 1997.

Venue: Playfair Library, Old College, University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, EH8 9YL

Please reserve a place in advance by completing and returning the Priority Registration Form.

Doors open at 4pm, business session begins 4.30pm
A networking drinks/canapés reception will take place after the business session.

With sponsorship from the Confucius Institute, Arup Scotland and venue hosts, these events are offered at no charge. In addition, all attendees will be entered into a prize draw to win two business class return tickets to any destination in China served by Lufthansa.

Going Global: China`s Outbound Investment – October 2008

Graham Thomson, business writer and consultant based in China since 2002, will share his insight and views on China`s outbound investment activity.

Join us on Thursday 23 October at 6pm to find out what the Chinese are investing in, where these investments are taking place and why this is happening. The trends in outward investment and the possible implications of this will all be considered in this informative session.

Date: Thursday 23 October
Time: 6pm-7.30pm
Venue: Room 7.01, David Hume Tower, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JX

Free Expert Panel Business Events – October & November 2008

Reserve your place in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, or Glasgow for one of the three China Expert Panel events running October and November organised by the Confucius Institute for Scotland.

As a culmination of the ten month long China Now in Scotland festival, the Confucius Institute is organising three evening events for Scottish businesses. With sponsorship from the Confucius Institute, Arup Scotland and venue hosts, these events are offered at no charge. In addition, all attendees will be entered into a prize draw to win two business class return tickets to any destination in China served by Lufthansa.

Each event will operate under a well respected and high profile chair, whose own insight and experience will be enhanced by the panel members who will share their knowledge of doing business in or with China.

As the credit crunch bites and the economy wobbles, every business should consider its strategy to survive and flourish. Reserve your place today and come along to learn from the expertise of others whilst sharing your knowledge and concerns.

Click here for Information Flyer and Registration Form.

Click here to download a registration form in word which can be emailed back to reserve a place.

Dates, Venues, Timing

Edinburgh: Friday 31 October
Chair: Sir Richard Needham
Venue: Playfair Library, Old College, University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, EH8 9YL

Sir Richard Needham is Director for International and Commercial affairs at Dyson and has been largely responsible for the development of the company`s overseas operations in Europe, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, Korea and China.

As Minister of Trade in the early 1990s, he overhauled and reinvigorated Britain`s export strategy. He was made a Privy Counsellor in 1994 and knighted in 1997.

Doors open 4pm, business session begins 4.30pm
A networking drinks/canapés reception will take place after the business session.

Click here to see the Edinburgh panel profile.

Aberdeen: Wednesday 05 November
Chair: the Right Honourable John Prescott
Venue: Linklater Rooms, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3FX

Deputy Prime Minister from May 97-June 2007, John Prescott chaired the China Task Force from 2003-2007 working to forge increased co-operation between the UK and China in the fields of education, international development, health, trade and investment, science, culture and sustainable development.

Doors open 6pm business session begins 6.30pm.
A networking drinks/canapés reception will take place after the business session.

Perthshire: Thursday 06 November
Chair: Peter Budd, Chairman, Arup Scotland
Venue: Edrington Distillers, West Kinfauns, Perthshire, PH2 7XZ

THIS EVENT IN PERTH HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED

A civil engineer to profession, Peter is chair of Arup Scotland and vice-chair of the China-Britain Business Council. With the significant contracts his company has in China, he is a frequent visitor to China where Arup`s contracts include work on Beijing Capital Airport, Terminal 3, the Bird`s Nest Stadium and the Water Cube.

Doors open 5.30pm business session begins at 6pm.
A networking drinks/canapés reception will take place after the business session

Glasgow: Thursday 13 November
Chair: Sir David Brewer,(prov) Senior Consultant, Asia – International Financial Services
Due to commitments either side of the scheduled event it has not been possible for Sir David to travel up and down to Glasgow to take part in this event. An alternative chair will be arranged.
Venue: University of Glasgow

Doors open 6pm business session begins at 6.30pm.
A networking drinks/canapés reception will take place after the business session

Details of panel members will be added to the website as the panels are confirmed.

Click here for Information Flyer and Registration Form.
Click here to download a registration form in word which can be emailed back to reserve a place.

Anniversary Party and Book Launch

Director Natascha Gentz addresses guestsTo celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of the Confucius Institute for Scotland in its Abden House HQ, a celebration took place at which the latest edition of the Edinburgh Review, focused on China, was launched.

Director of the Institute, Professor Natascha Gentz, welcomed everyone with a brief speech and overview of the year passed. The assembled guests then enjoyed short extracts from the Edinburgh Review with the highlight being reading of `The Song of Yuyang` by Wen Yiduo translated by Tommy McClellan. The reading was given in English and Chinese by the translator and his colleague Chen Jie reading in Chinese.

Encouraged by the quote in the Director`s speech from the poem `Bringing the wine’ by Li Bai, arguably the most famous poet in China from the Tang Dynasty,

        `Sober men of olden days and sages are forgotten,

    And only the great drinkers are famous for all time”

    the assembled guests then enjoyed a meet and mingle session over a supper reception..

    Copies of this edition of the Edinburgh Review can be purchased from the Institute at a special offer price of only £5.00. Normal price £5.95

    The Edinburgh Review China Edition

    2008 has been a year when the world focused on China. Recognising the importance of China to Scotland, the 124th edition of the Edinburgh Review focuses on China.

    As ever this well established Scottish journal features essays, short fiction, poetry and reviews all on China. In addition, there are a selection of photographs from the recent Chinese photography exhibition brought to Edinburgh`s City Art Centre by the Confucius Institute.

    You can order this edition on line via the Edinburgh Review website