A delegation of Chinese school students on an exchange visit to Merchiston Castle School, visited the Confucius Institute to pay their respects to an historic graduate.
The visiting students from the city of Zhuhai in Guangdong province were thrilled to meet Huang Kuan who achieved his doctorate in medicine at the University of Edinburgh, 150 years ago. The two-metre high bronze of Huang Kuan was donated to the Confucius Institute by the city of Zhuhai in Guangdong province in recognition of his importance as the first Chinese graduate of any European university.
Zhuhai Secondary Shool and Merchiston Castle School are Sister Schools. They are working on future long term student exchange programmes.
30 March is the deadline set for submission of applications for full scholarships to China for the academic year 2008-09. Scholarships are available to non Chinese speakers as well as those who have some ability in Mandarin.
This comprehensive programme invites applications in all disciplines and at various levels. This is the second year of the Chinese Government Scholarship Programme (EU Window). The application process is straightforward but will take some time to prepare.
Young people between 18 and 35 (including 18 and 35) from EU countries with senior high school diploma and above are welcome to apply for this programme.
The work of the Confucius Institute for Scotland in coordinating the year long festival China Now in Scotland is about to become visible!
With over 100 separate events already in place for the 2008 China Now in Scotland celebrations, work is underway on the new website which will feature all events taking place under this umbrella festival.
Opening later this month the website will enable visitors to find out what is happening on a daily basis. In addition, the site will feature free downloads, regular competitions and will allow event organisers to submit their own events for inclusion in the China Now in Scotland programme for 2008.
The year begins with Chinese Community Celebrations taking place from early February as the official date of Chinese New Year, 07 Feb 2008,Year of the Rat approaches. The main programme is launched at Spirit-Chinese Spring Lantern Festival taking place at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh from 22 February for three weeks.
The Institute staff has been working to secure interest and participation from a range of event organisers but there is always room for more!