Monthly Archives: March 2014

Chinese Bridge – Language & Culture Competition

Three Edinburgh students and their tutor will next month head to London to take part in the UK heats of the global `Chinese Bridge` competition for university students held annually.

In addition to testing language proficiency, the competition tests knowledge of China, cultural skills and understanding. There is huge scope to demonstrate cultural skills and understanding through e.g. Kongfu, Taichi, calligraphy, music, paper-cutting etc. As well as Grand First, Second and Third prizes there are a number of special awards for individuals such as Best Presentation, Best Performance, Best Eloquence, Best Tutor etc.

Edinburgh has a great track record from previous competitions. Last year’s three competitors all made it to the final round with James Mabbutt being awarded the top place, while Ieva Nagyte won First Prize. Our third competitor Marta Hennig was awarded Best Knowledge Prize and Dr Zhu, Chinese Language Programme Director received a special award as Best Tutor.

Ieva went on to achieve a top ten place in the global final in Beijing which is a broadcast  televised event with viewer voting.

The 14th `Chinese Bridge` competition will take place in London on Saturday 21st March 2015.

We send good luck wishes to the 2015 candidates and to their tutor Dr Zhu!

China Lecture Series 12 Dr Konrad Lawson, University of St. Andrews – March 2014

The penultimate talk in the Research Seminar Series will take place on Wed 19 March 2014 when Dr Konrad Lawson, University of St Andrews will discourse on the topic From Executions to Education: Traitor Elimination Work in Shandong Province, 1938-1947.

This talk will take place from 5.15pm – 7pm in Room G.15, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School on Wed 19 March. Advance booking is not required.

The final talk in this series by Prof Dominic Sachsenmeier, University of Bremen which was scheduled to take place on Wed 2nd April has regretfully been cancelled.

CI Director Becomes Fellow of RSE

Professor Natascha Gentz, Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Edinburgh, was named alongside 52 other distinguished recipients, as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). She will join those Fellows, past and present, who have strived to attain the RSEs founding mission: the advancement of learning and useful knowledge.

Professor Gentz, who took up the position of Chair of Chinese in 2006, also holds the positions of Dean International (China), Director of the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh and Director of the Scottish Centre for Chinese Studies.

For more information on Professor Gentz, click here.

New Fellows are elected each year to the RSE via a rigorous five-stage nomination process. The breadth of the Fellowship, which includes more than 1500 people from Scotland, the rest of the UK and beyond, ensures that the RSE can provide leadership and excellence across all areas of public life.

The RSE was established by Royal Charter in 1783 by key proponents of the Scottish Enlightenment and its work includes awarding research funding, leading on major enquiries, informing public policy and delivering events to inspire knowledge and learning.

ESU Junior Mace Debating Final

Join us in the Playfair Library when the four final teams in the ESU Junior Mace competition will debate the topic: `This house believes in the China Dream`.

Doors open at 18.30 to allow our audience of pupils, teachers, parents and interested parties to determine which team you believe has won the debate. The decision of the judging panels which is of course final, will be announced by 21.30

The four schools taking part in the Scottish Schools Mace Competition are: Beaconhurst School; George Heriots` School; Mary Erskine School; and St Columba`s School.

`It may seem strange that an Institute which is trying to get people to learn Chinese opted to sponsor a competition which encourages effective use of the English language but as part of our remit we also want to give people opportunity to learn about China beyond the cliche of the dragon dance. The opportunity to work with ESU gave us the chance to encourage some of Scotlands brightest youngsters to consider live issues in contemporary China and understand the impact that China has on all our lives.`

Professor Natascha Gentz, Director, Confucius Institute for Scotland

Fudan Summer School

If you are not eligible for the scholarship programme on offer thanks to Shanghai Municipal Government you may be interested in the summer school programme Fudan University, Shanghai from 28 June-26 July 2014.

Organised by the International Students Office of Fudan University this programme offers the opportunity to earn academic credits and experience an extensive cultural programme – with the benefit that there are 19 courses run in English as well as Chinese Language courses at three different levels.

  • Application Deadline: April 28, 2014.
  • Application Fee: RMB 400.
  • Tuition: RMB 11,000.

Click here to view Fudan University International Summer School pdf.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us by email to, by phone on 0131 662 2180 or call in during office hours 09.30-17.30 Monday-Friday.

Shanghai Summer Study Break

Students of the Confucius Institute for Scotland who hold a degree or are in Higher Education are eligible to apply for a sponsored space on the Shanghai Summer School running from July 14-Aug 10 2014. The programme will deliver formal language and cultural sessions at the University of Shanghai with a wide range of cultural experiences as summarised below.

Thanks to generous sponsorship from Shanghai Municipal Government the costs of tuition fee, registration fee, accident insurance fee, accommodation, entry fees for programme, and local travel are all covered. Those attending will need to cover round-trip air tickets, personal expenses and those meals that are not included in group activities.

The programme is organised by Shanghai University where participants on the programme will be based. Accommodation is in twin rooms with air conditioning, TV, telephone network interface and separate bathroom facilities. There are public kitchens, laundry rooms and fridges in the dorm. The location is very convenient with restaurants, supermarkets and convenience stores nearby.

This fantastic opportunity is only being offered to students at Confucius Institutes whose Chinese partner university is based in Shanghai and we are guaranteed a small number of places.

If you are interested in this programme please do get in touch with Institute staff either by email, phone or in person as suits. We can provide a day by day programme and the application form along with any more information you may require. If we receive more applications than we have spaces then applications will be assessed and places will be allocated using a pre-determined set of criteria.

The deadline for application for the Shanghai Summer School is
Friday 25th April 2014.


LANGUAGE: 42 hours in total

Spoken Chinese and Conversation – 36 hours classroom style
Chinese language Communication & Techniques – 6 hours small group activity with Chinese students

LECTURES: 12 hours in total, 3 hours per topic

Topic 1: Globalisation
Topic 2: Chinese Culture
Topic 3: Chinese Tea Culture
Topic 4: Chinese Calligraphy Culture


Shanghai Museum
Museum of Chinese Martial Arts
Shanghai Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Textile and Costume Museum
Folk Culture Museum
Confucius Temple visit


Visit to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town
Two day trip to Suzhou and Hangzhou


Topic 1: International Metropolis Shanghai

Three hours of lectures plus visit to Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Huangpu River Cruise plus Cross Culture Exchange meeting
Topic 2: International Economic Centre Shanghai

Three hours of lectures plus visit to Yu Garden, Bao Steel, Coca Cola plus Cross Culture Exchange meeting
Topic 3:International Cultural Centre Shanghai

Three hours of lectures plus visit and experience Acrobatic Show, Tianzifan, Xintiandi, School for disabled students in Zhabei District plus Cross Culture Exchange meeting

At the conclusion of the programme students will be asked to present a summary and report on their achievements via photographs, paintings, essays, videos, written or verbal reports as appropriate.