Monthly Archives: February 2015

Terracotta Lantern Warriors

Larger-than-life lanterns inspired by ancient Chinese warriors added a burst of colour to the University’s Old College Quad in February 2015. This unique Chinese art installation proved to be the most popular event ever held in the Quad attracting some 30,000 visitors over the ten days. This event was also a very fitting way to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Confucius Institute network.

The lanterns were inspired by the world famous Terracotta Warriors, discovered in 1974 when the tomb of the 3rd Century BC First Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang was unearthed in the Xi’an province of China. It is thought that they were created to defend the emperor’s immortal soul.

The 90 lantern warriors assembled in Old College Quad illuminated the winter nights and created a stunning spectacle enjoyed by the many thousands of people of all ages who came to visit over the course of the ten days.

Four week scholarship to Shanghai Exclusively for our Institute students!

Students of the Confucius Institute for Scotland who either hold a degree or who are in Higher Education are eligible to apply for a sponsored space on this year’s four week Shanghai Summer School running from 14 July – 11 Aug 2019. It is recommended that applicants should hold an HSK exam certificate though this is not essential. The programme will deliver formal language and cultural sessions at the University of Shanghai with a wide range of cultural experiences as summarised below.

Four great weeks of language and culture

This is a great opportunity if you can spend four weeks abroad this summer. The scholarship covers airport pick-up, tuition fee, registration fee, accident insurance fee, self catering accommodation (twin room), and the costs of group activities listed in the schedule. All of these costs are  covered by Shanghai’s Municipal Government. If successful in your scholarship application you will need to cover the cost of round-trip air tickets, visa fee, personal expenses and any meals that are not included in group activities.

So far, nine of our Confucius Institute evening class students have taken up the scholarship to Shanghai. Each returned full of enthusiasm for the programme and with substantially improved Chinese language skills!

Shanghai University Accommodation and services

The programme is funded by Shanghai Municipal Government and is organised by Shanghai University where participants on the programme will be based. Accommodation is in twin rooms with air conditioning, 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 have one place to offer.

Contact us for more info

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 detailed 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.

Deadline for formal application – 11 May 2018

The deadline for application for the Shanghai Summer School is 6 May 2019. So get in touch soon and good luck to any of our students interested in this great opportunity.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Chinese Teaching Club

An exploratory meeting bringing together teachers and lecturers in Chinese from Scotland’s local authorities, independent and community schools, colleges and universities will take place on Tues 26 March from 1pm-3.30pm latest.

Teacher helps student

The aims of the club are simple:

  • To enable Teachers of Chinese to share and develop practice, both teaching methods and specifically those concerning the teaching of Chinese 
  • To promote collaboration at all levels
  • To respond to the ideas of members

A small governance committee has been established

  • Convenor: Dr Zhu Zhu, Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh
  • Vice Convenor:Lynnette Martin, Teacher of Chinese at Hazlehead Academy for the North East Confucius Hub
  • Dr Judith McClure, Convener of SCEN
  • Simon Macaulay, SCEN Field Worker

Should you wish to attend the meeting please email SCEN.

The Chinese Language Club will not include Visiting Teachers, Chinese Language Assistants and Volunteers as full members; at the Exploratory Meeting there will be a discussion of how best to include them in the Club’s activities.

Burns poems in Chinese

Searching for the ideal gift to take to your partners in China? The Institute can offer a specially produced edition of “Selected Poems by Robert Burns”. This volume is a collation of the earliest and finest Chinese translations of Robert Burns’ poems published in the 1920’s.

Beautifully bound, the selection of 11 poems in both Chinese and Scots, each feature a frontispiece calligraphy page by the Institute’s distinguished artist Chi Zhang.

This limited edition publication makes an ideal corporate gift. As stated in the foreword:

“This volume is presented as a token of the long standing friendship between China and Scotland, and is a reflection of the two countries’ common interest in, and love for, literature and poetry.”

For one to five copies the price is £30 inclusive of P&P to an address in the UK.  For 6 or more copies the price reduces to £28 per copy inclusive of P&P to UK addresses.  To order one or more copies please contact us or call on 0131 662 2180.

China: A Photographic Portrait, 2008

This ground breaking and hugely popular exhibition from the Guandong Museum of Art, ran at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh for ten weeks in summer 2008 and was seen by over 11,000 visitors.

Around 600 vivid, controversial and thought-provoking images covering 1951-2003 prompted rave reviews from the public and press.

“enlightening and very moving”

“best photographic exhibition I have ever seen”

“excellent… makes people think…”

“Modern China is a place of immense wealth and absolute poverty, a fact which has been captured beautifully by this massive, enthralling exhibition of hundreds of photographs”

Also running alongside the exhibition was a collection of 33 short films specially commissioned for China Now which provided additional insights into the cultural and social life of a country which is home to a fifth of the world’s population. With support from the Scottish Government a series of lunchtime lectures on varying aspects of Chinese culture ran over the ten weeks and a programme for families and schools was also organised.

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