Monthly Archives: November 2010

Research Universities in China: Pressures & Challenges – November 2010

This guest lecture from Prof Shen Li of Fudan University, Shanghai is based on Professor Shen’s reflections on the many students she has taught at Fudan University in the past decade. A thumbnail picture emerges of the prevailing trends among young students in their 20’s as they come and go on campus.

To the fore of their minds is the risk of being pushed to the sidelines, as the legion of students, undergraduate and postgraduate alike, strives to achieve academic excellence and retain their integrity.

Sentiments generally called 浮躁 (fú zào) in Chinese, which include anxiety, uncertainty, and restlessness, are creeping in – largely due, in Professor Shen’s view, to the widespread social maladies known as ‘get-rich-quickism’ , ‘cutting corners’, and ‘easy gains with little effort’.

Professor Shen Li is based in the College of Foreign Language and Literature at Fudan University, Shanghai where she specialises in Metaphor Studies and Second Language Acquisition.

DATE: Tuesday 30 November 2010
TIME: 2.30pm-3.15pm
VENUE:Confucius Institute for Scotland, Abden House

Lunchtime Talk-John Dudgeon – November 2010

Guest speaker Prof Gao Xi from Fudan University, Shanghai will mark the life of John Dudgeon who at one time was the most famous doctor in Beijing in her lunchtime talk on Tuesday 30th November 2010.

This famous physician was a son of Glasgow and student of Edinburgh.
In the mid 19th century it was said `From the emperor and officials down to the common people, there was practically no one who did not know about his good work in establishing hospitals`.

John Dudgeon was a son of Glasgow, a student at Edinburgh and at one time was the most famous doctor in Beijing, China. In 1863 with his wife in China with his wife in Shanghai in 1863 in the capacity of a medical missionary of London Medical Missionary Society.

His notable achievements include:

  • The opening in 1865 of Peking Hospital
  • implementation of a new model for medical instruction in China
  • the translation of `Gray’s Anatomy` into Chinese

He studied Chinese healing arts and explored the new diseases in Beijing before contributing his research to the Western world, especial to Edinburgh`s medical profession.

In 1884 Dudgeon resigned from the London Missionary Society and concentrated his efforts on modern medical education and the study of Chinese medical culture. He was a medical cultural exchange emissary between China and the Western World in the 19th century.

John Dudgeon died in 1902 and was buried in Beijing in where he had lived for more than 38 years.

Join us to hear more of the work and impact of this 19th century physician.

DATE: Tuesday 30 November 2010
TIME: 1.10pm-2pm
VENUE: 27 George Square, Celtic and Scottish Studies Conference Room, first floor
SPEAKER: Professor Gao Xi, History Department, Fudan University, Shanghai

Confucius Institute leads world

For the fourth consecutive year, the University’s Confucius Institute has been honoured as ‘Institute of the Year’.

The Institute of the Year 2010 Award was collected in Beijing by Principal Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea. It was bestowed upon the Confucius Institute for Scotland by Hanban, sponsor of the global network of Confucius Institutes and Classrooms.

The prizegiving was a highlight of the opening ceremony of the 2010 Fifth Worldwide Conference of Confucius Institutes on Friday, 10 December.The ceremony, at the China National Convention Centre, was chaired by Chinese State Councillor Liu Yandong and Minister of Education, Yuan Guiren.

The Principal received the award in front of an audience of more than 3000 people including VIPs from foreign embassies, senior government officials and principals from universities around the world.

Both the Principal and the Director of the Confucius Institute, Professor Natascha Gentz, gave presentations at the President’s and Director’s Forums on the following day of the Worldwide Conference.

Many institutions recruit Chinese students or provide language training. What sets the Confucius Institute for Scotland and the University apart is the depth of our engagement – we actively promote new cultural ties and educational links between Scotland and China. This award shows that our approach is recognised and rewarded at the highest levels.” Professor Natascha Gentz, Director of the Confucius Institute for Scotland.

World leading activities

There are now 322 Confucius Institutes and 369 Confucius Classrooms in 96 countries, serving almost 400,000 learners.

The Confucius Institute for Scotland at the University of Edinburgh was established in 2005 as a partnership between the University and Fudan University in Shanghai.

The Institute’s work in 2010 included hosting a touring exhibition on the city of Shanghai and the 2010 Expo and working in partnership with China’s Ministry of Culture to bring ethnic performers to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. These were among the highlights of a packed schedule of conferences, lectures and film screenings. The institute also runs a programme of Chinese language classes.