Monthly Archives: March 2012

Why Does China Matter? – April 2012

From across Scotland, the finalists in the English Speaking Union public speaking competition for schools will gather in the Playfair Library on Wednesday 18th April to present their speeches on the topic `Why does China Matter?`

This event is open to the public and you are very welcome to attend and listen to some or all of the speeches. Doors will open at 5.15 with welcome remarks at 5.45. The first finalists will speak between 6pm and 7pm when there will be a short break before the second group of finalists share their thoughts with the audience. Following judging the results will be announced and after closing remarks the event will end around 9pm.

If you would like to drop into this event please feel free to do so. While not essential a courtesy email to advise of your attendance would be appreciated –

The Confucius Institute for Scotland has sponsored this competition in order to stimulate school children in Scotland to consider the wider implications of Scotland (and the wider world`s) engagement with China.

Scholarships to China – deadline 02 May 2012

Applications for the Confucius Institute Scholarships for 2012 are now being accepted – one semester, one year and a two year Masters in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages are all on offer.

To be eligible you must be a non-Chinese citizen aged between 16 and 35. For applicants to the Master`s programme the age limit is 45.

Scholarships Outline

Type A Scholarships for one semester can be taken in autumn semester 2012 or spring semester 2013. Applicants can choose to study Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, or Chinese Philosophy.

Type B Scholarships of one academic year. Applicants can choose to study Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, or Chinese Philosophy. This scholarship runs for one year starting in autumn 2012

Type C Master in International Education of Chinese Language scholarship
The scholarship lasts for two years from autumn 2012. After successful completion of the study, the candidates will be awarded Master’s degree in MTCSOL and graduate certificate.

All Confucius Institute scholarships cover:

  1. Registration Fee and Tuition Fees
  2. Fees for basic course books
  3. Accommodation on campus
  4. A one-off resettlement subsidy
  5. Monthly allowance

A resettlement subsidy of CNY 1,000 is offered to students who will study in China for one semester. CNY 1,500 is given to those students who will study for one academic year or more. Please note that the resettlement subsidy will not be provided to those who have studied in China for more than 6 months before enrolling.

The monthly allowance is CNY 1,400 for those studying for one semester or one year. For those on the two year Master`s programme the monthly allowance is CNY 1,700.

Each of the three categories of scholarship has different application requirements. Please download this PDF for detailed information

Application Procedure

Please note this is a two part process. You must log on and register electronically and then print off your online registration documents and make a paper application with supporting documents to the Confucius Institute through which you are applying.

Step 1

Log onto to set up your personal account then complete and submit the Confucius Institute Scholarship Application Form online.

Step 2

Print out the submitted form and send it together with other supporting documents (see document below) to your local Confucius Institute (i.e. the Confucius Institute for Soctland) before Wednesday 2nd May.

What happens next?

All applications will be reviewed initially by the Confucius Institute which will recommend outstanding applicants to those Chinese host institutions taking part. Host institutions will then review the applications and submit their proposed scholarship candidates list to Hanban.

Hanban will organise an expert panel to make the final selection and award the scholarships by 30 June 2012. The Chinese Universities will send successful applicants an “Admission Notice” and enrolment package by 10 July 2012.

You book your flight to China!

Chinese Writers in Conversation – April 2012

Fresh from the London Book Fair, Annie Baobei and Xu Zechen two of China’s most talked about and widely read contemporary authors will spend an evening in conversation with Alan Bissett, Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Writer of the Year 2011.

Guest Lecture: Chinese Media since 1949 – March 2012

Join us on Thursday 29 March for an early evening lecture by Prof Stephanie Donald whose talk focuses on field research into media memories of older people in PRC pre 1949.


The research is based on an earlier project in the 1960s/70s which considered the role of the political poster. Working with Renmin University and the Australian Research Council Prof Donald`s expanded the core premise to cover all forms of media, and all periods relevant to those born on or before the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949.

Focussing on key memories, influences, usage patterns, and trajectories, these local histories of media put contemporary debates on propaganda, soft power, creative industries, and people’s journalism into a longer-term perspective.

Likewise, the burgeoning interest from research students and established scholars into the purposes and practices of media in China is served by multiple points of departure and a variety of approaches to sophisticated and difficult questions of what one expects from media cultures and systems in a strong state, such as the PRC.

The wider public fascination with the workings of the Chinese state will be addressed as the talk presents verbatim accounts of how media creates and preserves meaning; how and where continuities exist between revolutionary and reform environments; and opens up questions on the future of the Chinese media for a new generation.


Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald is currently a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at the Centre for World Cinemas at the University of Leeds. Following a first degree in Chinese from the University of Oxford and a DPhil on Chinese film at University of Sussex (1997), she emigrated to Australia, where she has worked ever since. Her research covers film, the media, and children’s experiences in the Asia-Pacific region, with a particular focus on visual culture. Previous positions held include Professor of Chinese Media Studies at the University of Sydney, and Foundation Dean of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Melbourne. She has recently been awarded a prestigious Future Fellowship by the Australian Research Council, which she will take up at the University of New South Wales in May 2012. Recent work is published by Theory, Culture and Society, New Formations, and MIA.


VENUE: The Confucius Institute for Scotland, Abden House, 1 Marchhall Crescent, EH16 5HP
DATE: Thursday 29 March 2012
TIME: 1800-19.30 followed by a short drinks reception
BOOKING: please email or call the Institute on 0131 662 2180.