Yearly Archives: 2012

Standard Life – November 2012

Event Date: 22/11/2012

Be one of the first to hear from Standard Life`s newly appointed CEO Asia & Emerging Markets, Nathan Parnaby who is the third speaker in the Confucius Institute for Scotland`s autumn lecture series on China, Scotland and the World.

For full details of all the talks in this lecture series and to book please visit

Business Lecture Jim McColl – October 2012

Event Date: 25/10/2012

The October speaker secured by the Confucius Institute for Scotland for its business lecture series on China, Scotland and the World is Jim McColl, Founder of Clyde Blowers plc. His talk, the second of four running this autumn, is entitled `There is so much opportunity`.

The series of talks have been organised to help Scottish business people understand China`s social fabric, its networks and hierarchies, and where decision-making lies.

For more details and to book a space for his evening talk on 25th October at only £5.00 per person please visit

Lunchtime Guest Lecture Friday – November 2012

`Social security in China` is the focus of a lunchtime talk (lunch is available) at the Confucius Institute from Dr Chun Ding, economics professor from Fudan University.

As director of the Centre for European Studies, Professor Ding’s research is focused on social and economic issues in Europe such as European integration, the welfare state, social security and health care systems.

A German and English speaker his career has seen him spend time in Europe in Zurich University, Essen Duisburg University and with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in Germany.
Professor Ding holds a number of high level appointments including member of the Global Agenda Council on Europe, the World Economic Forum (Davos), Vice President of the Chinese Society for EU Studies he is also responsible for the compilation of the Annual Report on European Economic Development.

In this special seminar Professor Ding will touch on significant social policy issues for China such as the development of social security system in China since 1949 under the central planning model; rationale for reform of the Chinese social security system; the focus on pension and medical insurance system; the social security system in rural areas; achievements and defects in the Chinese economy; the impact of anti-poverty measures and problems and challenges for the Chinese social security system.

VENUE: Confucius Institute for Scotland, Abden House, EH16 5HP
TIME : 12.00-1.30pm for lecture and Q&A
LUNCH: 1.30-2pm Sandwich Lunch

The event is open to all but booking is requested especially if you are planning to stay for lunch. Please email or call on 0131 662 2180

Report on SCEN Youth Summit

The SCEN China Youth Summit at Gleneagles on 12 November, known as the G50 after the 50 schools, universities and other organisations represented and in memory of the famous G8 Summit held at Gleneagles in 2005 was an inspiring day for all those who attended the event.

The objective of the day were clear

  • to bring together young people to experience Gleneagles in its international context
  • to promote the importance of learning about China and learning Chinese
  • to link Scottish and Chinese education, culture and business
  • Whilst there was an array of influential and important attendees, the contributions from students were perhaps the most impressive element of the programme content.

Dr Judith McClure, convenor of SCEN and a tireless ambassador for the study of CHina and Chinese in Scottish schools is currently working on the `G50 Declaration` which will summarise the views and recommendations of those lucky enough to attend. G50 is the working title given to reflect the 50 schools, universities and other organisations in attendance at this memorable event.

The Confucius Institute for Scotland arranged to record the day through photographs and a video. To view the images please visit the download link and input the case sensitive password SCEN2012.

SCA Glasgow Events 2012-13

Event Date: 26/03/2013

The Glasgow branch of the Scotland China Association meets regularly at Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose St, Glasgow, G3 6RE. All talks are open free to members of SCA with a £1.50 (£1) charge for non-members.

  • 27 Nov 2012: The Silent Traveller in Edinburgh- Speaker Jim Gilchrist

Jim will speak about Chiang Yee`s book written when he visited Scotland in the 1930`s and 40`s. Originally published in 1948 the Victoria and Albert Museum will this autumn hold an exhibition on Chiang Yee`s work

  • 11 Dec 2012: Annual Hot Pot Dinner at China Buffet King, Bath Street – details and booking arrangements TBC
  • 29 Jan 2013: Preview of Takeaway China 2013- programme organised by Ricefield Chinese Arts and Cultural Centre.
  • 26 Feb 2013: China-economic development and socialist objectives- Speaker: Dr John Foster
  • 26 Mar 2013: TBC
  • 30 Apr 2013: Branch AGM

SCA Edinburgh Events 2012-13

Event Date: 11/05/2013

The programme of the Edinburgh branch of the Scotland China Association for 2012-13 is now available.

  • 13 Nov 2012: RBGE and China – Speaker: Simon Crutchley, RBGE horticulturalist
  • 11 Dec 2012: Chinese Export Silver 1785-1940 – Speaker Adrien Von Ferscht, independent consultant and expert on Chinese silver.
  • 8 Jan 2013: Dancing Across Borders: collaborations with contemporary dance in China – Speaker: Janis Claxton, Artistic Director of Janis Claxton Dance
  • 12 Feb 2013: Chinese New Year Dinner – details TBC
  • 12 March 2013: The Chinese Concept of Hell Speaker: Dr Barbara Kaulback, director of the Goethe Institut Glasgow.
  • 09 Apr 2013: TBC 11 May 2013: Branch AGM – details TBC

SCA meetings usually take place at theMeeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH2 2JL 7pm for 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

For full details please visit the SCA Edinburgh Website page.

Introductory Course on Chinese Characters

There is a fascination in Chinese characters – join us for this short course and learn how to write, read, understand and learn a number of useful characters.

In this six week course running Tuesday evenings from 23 October – 27 November you will be introduced to the basic strokes and stroke order; learn to use a Chinese dictionary; input characters onto a computer and start to develop a written vocabulary.

Join us for this short course and start to learn how to get to grips with one of the world`s oldest written languages.

Classes run on Tuesday evenings from 6pm-7.30pm and this six-week course is charged at £60/£42. A limited number of places are available. Please call 0131 662 2180 to check availability then click here to link to the registration form. Places are not secured until payment is received

Divinity School October Lectures – October 2012

Two China focused lectures will take place in the School of Divinity on 2nd and 11th October respectively.

Monday 2nd October

Andrew Kaiser (Edinburgh)will speak on `Lessons for Today from China`s Past: Timothy Richard`s Innovations in Mission`.

Time: 4.00-5.30pm
Venue: Centre for the Study of World Christianity
Address: New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX

Thursday 11th October

Dr Gil Raz, Dartmouth Visiting Professor will deliver a Gunning Lecture on the topic `Visions of the Formless: Daoist Visual Culture`.

Time: 4pm
Venue: Lecture Room 1
Address: New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX

No booking is required for either lecture.

Peking University Concerts – September 2012

Event Date: 11/09/2012

Two Chinese orchestral concerts took place in September thanks to a week long visit by Peking University`s Chinese Orchestra. The 60 strong orchestra visited Scotland for one week during which time they undertook outreach programmes to a number of local authority schools where in a series of informal performances and talks with students they built on the earlier work of the Silk Road project.

Full details of the visit, information about the Silk Road project and a selection of images from the concerts can be seen on the microsite

Arup Scotland – November 2012

Event Date: 29/11/2012

Join us on Thursday 29 Nov in the last business lecture on China, Scotland and the World for 2012, to hear from Peter Budd, chairman of Arup Scotland. This British based engineering consultancy led the way in the delivery of major projects in China including the Olympic Bird`s Nest Stadium and Water Cube and Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital International Airport.

For further details and to book please visit