Monthly Archives: November 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.