Monthly Archives: February 2013

HSK Exam Registration Deadline – 28 Feb

Candidates for the March HSK online exam should ensure that they have registered by 6pm on Thursday 28 February.

Registered candidates can try out the online format at the briefing workshop when there is the opportunity to take a trial online exam (which is not marked). The online exam format should suit students who are familiar with the use of a keyboard to input Chinese characters.

HSK examinations have previously been run traditionally, using paper s, but following the successful rollout of online HSK exams in the USA in 2012, we are pleased to be able to offer candidates the convenience of an online exam on Saturday 23 March 2013. The Institute,which currently is the only Scottish test centre, will be among the first in Europe to offer the online HSK.

Please visit our microsite to find out more and to register if interested. Remember the deadline for registration is Thursday 28th February 2013.

Chinese Corner – new location for March 2013

Every Friday in March 2013, from 5pm-7pm, the Institute`s `Chinese Culture and Conversation Corner` will be held in the University`s Appleton Tower building on the mezzanine floor Room M2A.

Each corner will feature a short talk on a specific aspect of Chinese culture as shown in the programme below. English is spoken!

Friday 1st March: Have you been to China?

Have you been to China? Do you want to go to China? This first session we will tell you all about the `must see` destinations in China.

Friday 8th March: Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an integral part of Chinese culture. Come along and discover the underlying philosophy and the basic elements of TCM.

Friday 15th March: Chinese Food Culture

This evening we will introduce Chinese culture through Chinese food. Join us for an evening with Chinese dishes, recipes and quiz.

Friday 22nd March: Wedding Customs-Chinese Style

Join us to discover the old and emerging traditions of a Chinese wedding. We will teach you all you need to know if you are lucky enough to be invited to such a wedding.

Friday 29th March: Chinese Tea

Tea plays a very important role in Chinese people’s daily life and has great cultural significance. Join us to learn a little and taste a lot of different Chinese teas.

Our Chinese language teachers who will run these sessions will be pleased to answer questions after each presentation and of course can tell you more about the topic or give you information on learning Chinese. For those attendees who already speak some Mandarin, there is also the opportunity for conversation practice with a native speaker

For more information please call us on 0131 662 2180 or email

CI Scholarship Deadline 15 April

Applications are now being sought for the Confucius Institute Scholarship Schemes which are open to candidates age 16-35. If you are currently in post teaching Chinese the upper age limit is extended to 45.


The deadline for submission of applications to the Confucius Institute for Scotland is Monday 15th April 2013.

There are three options – a one semester scholarship; a one academic year scholarship; a two year Masters in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages(MTCSOL).

To be eligible for the first two options you must be a non-Chinese citizen aged between 16 and 35 while MTCSOL language teachers must be aged below 45 when in post.


Type A

    Scholarships for one semester can be taken in autumn semester 2013 or spring semester 2014. Applicants can choose to study Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, or Chinese Philosophy. Applicants should have a score of at least 120 on the HSK (level 2) and at least 40 on the HSKK (elementary level), or have completed a minimum of 60 hours of study at the Confucius Institute.

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 2013. Applicants should achieve a score of at least 180 on the HSK (level 3) and at least 60 on the HSKK(primary level), or or have completed a minimum of 120 hours of study at the Confucius Institute.

Type C

      Master in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. (MTCSOL)

The scholarship lasts for two years and will run from autumn 2013. After successful completion of the study, the candidates will be awarded Master’s degree in MTCSOL and graduate certificate.

    Applicants are required to have a bachelor degree or its equivalent with a score of at least 180 on the HSK (level 5) and a score of at least 50 on the HSKK (intermediate level). In addition the applicant must make a written commitment stating that he/she will be engaged in Chinese language teaching for at least 5 years after graduation. Applicants with specific teaching posts arranged will be given admission priority (certification by the institution where s/he will teach is required). Hanban will provide support for outstanding graduates to return to their countries to teach. Applications for this programme are particularly welcomed from outstanding students of Confucius Institutes (Classrooms), overseas local Chinese language teachers, outstanding performers on HSK exams, winners of the `Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions for Foreign College Students and outstanding graduates of Chinese language courses.


All three of the Confucius Institute scholarship types cover:

1. Registration Fee and Tuition Fees for basic learning materials
2. Accommodation on campus
3. A one-off resettlement subsidy
4. Monthly allowance
5. Outpatient medical service
6. Comprehensive insurance

Monthly allowances and resettlement allowances in CNY Yuan are:-

Type A: One Semester CNY 1400 per month plus CNY 1000 resettlement
Type B: One Year CNY 1400 per month plus CNY 1500 resettlement ]
Type C: Two Year MTCSOL CNY 1700 per month plus CNY 1500 resettlement

Please note that the one off resettlement payment will not be awarded to any student who has been studying in China for more than 6 months prior to being enrolled.


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 as applicable from list below to the Confucius Institute for Scotland by Monday 15th April 2013.


1/ Photocopy of passport photo page

2/ Photo copy of HSK and HSKK result report

3/ Notarized highest education diploma attained or proof of study.

4A/ Reference letter for one semester and one year applicant
4B/ Two reference letters for MTCSOL and letter of commitment

Master’s Degree Scholarship applicants are required to submit reference letters (in Chinese or English) provided by two professors or associate professors.

Master’s Degree applicants should also provide a commitment in writing stating that the applicant will be engaged in Chinese language teaching for at least five years after graduation (written in Chinese and signed by the applicant).

5/ Applications under the age of 18 should submit relevant legal documents of entrusted legal guardians in China.

6/ Winners of the finals of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions for Foreign College Students and for Foreign High School Students in China shall submit the scholarship certificate. Winners of preliminary rounds of the “Chinese Bridge” Proficiency Competitions in their countries shall provide award proof and reference letter provided by the organizers.

7/ Chinese language teachers shall submit certificate of employment and recommendation letters provided by institutes they work for.


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 15 June 2013. This information will be published on the Scholarship website. The various Chinese Universities will send successful applicants an “Admission Notice” and enrolment package by 1 July 2013.

If successful you follow the processes outline by your Chinese host university and book your flight to China!

Chi Zhang Artworks at RSA & Glasgow

For the second year in a row, the Institute`s Chinese calligraphy and brush painting teacher, Chi Zhang, MSC BA, has had one of his Chinese artworks selected for the prestigious Visual Arts Scotland 2013 Annual Exhibition in the Royal Scottish Academy.

His brush painting entitled `January` is a Scottish contemporary scene created using Chinese brush painting techniques. This popular exhibition is FREE and will run from Friday 1st till 25th March 2013 in the RSA Lower Galleries, The Mound, Edinburgh. Chi Zhang will be in the gallery on Saturday 2nd March from 1pm-3pm.

For those who are in Glasgow a solo exhibition of Chi Zhang`s work (both calligraphy and brush painting) is running in Skypark in Glasgow from now until the end of March.

To find out more about Chi Zhang`s work please visit his blog here

Innovative Learning Week – Chinese Activities

As part of Innovative Learning Week in the UoE there are a number of free events organised by different departments which are focusing on Chinese language and culture. Here are two of general interest.

Tue 19th Feb: 1800-2100

An opportunity to enjoy a three part programme with a special talk on Chinese festival dances from Meiyi Chen; a exhibition and explanation of Chinese New Year symbols, icons, and ornaments; and an introductory paper on a Chinese movie `Ermo` followed by ashowing of this movie. FOr more information on the above please visit the AHRS Speaking My Language website.
This evening event will take place in the Languages and Humanities Centre in the basement of the David Hume Tower.

Wed 20th Feb 1430- 1530

Head over to the Chaplaincy Auditorium when the Language Cafe organised by EUSA Global is running a Mandarin Language Cafe. The Tandem programme focuses on sharing language and sharing culture through language cafes, help in finding a language partner and an occasional language cafe event. More information on their website.


Chinese Contemporary Art lecture- Strathclyde Uni 21 Feb 2013

Event Date: 21/02/2013

The University of Strathclyde, SCILT and the Confucius Institute for Scottish Schools will host a lecture by artist Ying Sheng Yang from 6.00-7.30pm on Thursday 21st February in room 104 of the Lord Hope Building. The lecture is billed

`Where there is a compression, there will be resistance – A brief history of Contemporary Chinese Art through an artist`s eyes.`

Ying Sheng Yang was born in 1961 and at the age of seven was selected for his school Art Group. Over the period of the cultural revolution he was a `Child Painter` when he did what he called `my fair share of spreading Chairman Mao`s thoughts`. Later through his studies he became one of the 186 Avant Garde artists.

In his lecture he will postulate that real art never dies, no matter how hostile the environment. While in China the hostile environment may temporarily have stopped art from growing it also provided artists with a resource that made Chinese contemporary art stand out from the rest of the world.

Lord Hope Building is on St James Road. To book a space please email

Chinese New Year activities

The year of the snake will start on Sunday 10th February and over the 15 days of the Spring Festival a wide range of China focused activities are taking place.

On Friday evening 8 Feb if you are in the west of Scotland, head to the Main Gate at Glasgow University to catch a Dragon Dance from 17.45-18.00 – as long as the weather is dry!

If you are in the east of Scotland join us to make Chinese New Year decorations at our Friday evening Chinese Corner 17.30-19.00.

Feeling suitability celebratory then just choose which of the many events below will form part of your Chinese New Year programme of activities.


  • The free annual Edinburgh Chinese Community School Chinese New Year fair with performances (including Lion Dance), art & crafts, fun and games and festive food stalls runs at Liberton High School from 12.30-15.30
  • Glasgow`s Burrell Collection will run specially guided sessions in the Chinese Gallery from 1400-1600.
  • Attic Salt, Edinburgh is holding an exhibition which will run on Saturdays and Sundays only from now till 24th February. Entitled `The Forbidden City`, it features the former Imperial Palace in Beijing in a series of photographic collages by David McKinnon who travelled to China in 2012. Click here for website.
  • St Andrews Museum
    The ‘Steep Trail’ – An exhibition of new work in a range of media from four artists, two from Scotland and two from China. Inspired by early environmentalist John Muir`s visit to China. 1030-1600. Runs till 3 MarchAddress: St Andrews Museum ,Kinburn Park, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, KY16 9DP


  • Edinburgh Zoo has some special events to help the pandas feel at home by celebrating the Chinese New Year. Enjoy a range of Chinese arts and crafts from the Confucius Institute for Scotland, as well as the chance to get up close and personal with some snakes as the Zoo welcomes the Year of the Snake. 1100-1500. Activities are free with Zoo entry.
  • Glasgow`s Burrell Collection in Pollock Park will host a special showing of the Disney film `Mulan`. Showing from 1400.

Forres, Morayshire 11-17 February

  • For the second year, the town of Forres in Morayshire, working with the Shen Foundation , is holding a wide variety of Chinese New Year events, including a lion dance, an exhibition of Chinese art and antiques, a film night, language lessons, tea tasting and much more.

Takeway China 12 February onwards

  • Takeaway China 2013 organised by Ricefield Chinese Arts & Cultural Centre in Glasgow will launch their celebratory programme on 12 February with an evening of entertainment in Merchant Square, Glasgow from 1800 onwards. The programme of activity running in February (and some exhibitions into march) includes a photographic exhibition at Street Level gallery, children`s folk art from Jiangsu Province, and workshops on calligraphy, palm of the hand stories, tai chi, lantern making and Chinese comics. For more details, please visit the Takeway China website.

13 February

  • The Edinburgh branch of the Scotland China Association will hold its annual Chinese New Year dinner at Karen`s Unicorn Restaurant, St Leonard`s Street, Edinburgh(18.30 for 19.00). The evening which cost £22 for the meal and Chinese tea is open to members, partners, friends and colleagues but advance booking is required.
  • The University of Strathclyde will hold a special three part evening comprising a talk/demonstration entitled ‘Red, Yellow, Blue, Black and White: The Mystery of Colour in Ancient Chinese Costumes before an introductory academic paper is given on the film which will follow – Unknown Pleasures18.00-21.00, Room LT2.09, Livingston Tower, University of Strathclyde.

Please visit this website for more details of the above event

15 February Confucius Institute for Scotland

  • Our own annual Spring Festival party will take place from 1800-2100. Designed to allow Institute and University students and friends to gather and celebrate the Spring Festival with home made entertainment, karaoke, mah-jong and of course a taste of jiaozi please email us on to request a place.

19 February The University of Edinburgh

  • The University of Edinburgh will run a special three part evening event from 18.00-21.00 comprising a talk on Chinese festival dances along with a demonstration of New Year icons, ornaments and symbols before an introductory academic paper will be given on the film which follows `Ermo`. This event will be held in the Languages and Humanities Centre in the basement of the David Hume Tower. Please visit this website for more details of the above event.

23 February Spring Festival Ceilidh

  • The Edinburgh Chinese Association of Professionals and the Scotland China Assocation`s Ceilidh dancing party with live music to celebrate Chinese New Year and the Lantern Festival will take place between 19.00 and 20.00 in the Main Hall, North Merchiston club,48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh EH11 1EP. Tickets are £7.00 pounds/person including soft drink and snacks. Please email Xiao Yang Li ( for more details.

The list is sourced from a range of organisations and individuals to whom many thanks.If you would like your event added please just send an email to us via the contact us page of our website.

Meanwhile – Xin Nian Kuai Le! / Happy New Year!

Chinese New Year at Edinburgh Zoo – February 2013

Event Date: 10/02/2013

The Year of the Snake begins on 10th February so come along to Edinburgh Zoo on Sunday between 11am and 3pm where the Confucius Institute for Scotland staff will run a number of themed arts and crafts workshops.

Learn your Chinese zodiac sign, get your name in Chinese calligraphy and make and decorate your own snake.

These sessions will run alongside some live snake handling sessions run by Zoo staff.

Don`t forget to book to see Tian Tian and Yuang Guan, the two Giant Pandas from China. You can wish them Happy New Year in Chinese by saying xīn nián kuài lè (sshin-nyen kwhy-ler)

Chinese Character Class – NEW

Join us for a 6 week evening course starting on Valentine`s Day, 14th February, which will help you begin to understand Chinese characters.

All you need is an interest in Chinese characters and just a little knowledge of Chinese sound system.

Content of Course

  • Elements of Chinese characters: 8 kinds of basic strokes and some compound strokes
  • Roles of the stroke order
  • One/multi-component characters and structures of characters
  • 4 Methods of constructing characters
  • 40 basic radicals which are related to different meanings
  • How to use a Chinese dictionary
  • How to input Chinese characters by computer.

Teaching method

The course is tutorial based with multimedia support. Supplementary material is prepared by the teacher. In order to fully benefit from the course and to achieve the learning outcomes, students are expected to spend 1-2 hours per class on revision and homework.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students are expected to have mastered 100 characters and recognize 150-200 characters. With the systematic background knowledge gained students should establish a cognitive construct for Chinese characters and master a system, by which they will gain a better understanding of the characters and the words in context as well as be able to guess the meaning of a new character without knowing the pronunciation of it.

No textbook is required but students will receive printed materials about Chinese characters to help them learn and practice.

VENUE: Confucius Institute for Scotland
DATES: 6 x Thursday evenings from 14 February 2013
TIME: 6pm -7.30pm
COST: £75.00 (£50.00)

To check if spaces in this small class are available please first call our office on 0131 662 2180. We shall then send you a registration form which should be returned with payment in cash or by cheque made out to the University of Edinburgh.

Student support
Please contact us to arrange a confidential appointment if you think you have any specific study requirements that may need to be put in place to enable you to study a Languages for All course. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Disability Discrimination Act.

Spring Festival Party 15 February

Join us for our Year of the Snake Spring Festival party on Friday 15th February from 6pm till 9pm at Abden House.

A full programme of fun is planned for the evening:

  • Sing your favourite Chinese or English songs in the Karaoke corner;
  • Join in or watch the Fun & Games session;
  • Try your hand at Mah-jong;
  • Enjoy a taste of delicious jiaozi

We hope you can come along to meet old friends and make some new ones.
Drinks and nibbles provided!

To help us plan appropriately please email if you would like to come along.

VENUE: Confucius Institute for Scotland, Abden House
DATE: Friday 15th February 2013
TIME: 6pm-9pm
TEL: 0131 662 2180