Monthly Archives: May 2015

In a Data-Driven World, Good Governance Means Good Data Governance-Chen Liming 14.03

We are honoured to have Chen Liming, Chair of IBM Greater China and Honorary Professor of the University of Edinburgh to open this year’s Business Lecture Series – Belt & Road Initiative.

As developing countries industrialize, they can learn from the experience of other countries and implement high-tech solutions to ensure a more efficient, sustainable, and eco-friendly pathway to improve people’s life and prosperity. Good governance during development therefore not only covers economic and social governance, but also good governance of high-tech, and above all, good governance of data. In a data driven world, data becomes the most valuable asset, but at times also the most vulnerable. Current dependence on data in advanced economies raises the stakes when cybercrime hits, and cyberattacks can spread across geographic borders to impact any country. As developing countries begin to accumulate more data and maximize value from this precious resource, they must be mindful of good governance of their data to protect infrastructure, financial systems, and the digital lives of their citizens.

This talk will take place in the University of Edinburgh Business School. The lecture will start at 6pm and be followed by a Q&A and then networking drinks reception. 

To book your seat please register here – Booking for Chen Liming’s lecture.


Chen Liming is a transformational and transboundary business leader with a track record of 30+ years with MNCs across a range of industries and diversified cultures. He has led corporate transformation, business turnaround, performance improvement, and governance enhancement. Mr. Chen is accountable for the overall performance of IBM Greater China Group across multiple business units. Since joining IBM in 2015, he has designed and implemented the ‘IBM Greater China Group Strategy’ and ‘Made with China’ initiatives adapted to the new business era. He has driven process simplification to make the company more client and market centric, and enhanced governance by creating a responsible culture. He has served on many boards of directors, including China Aviation Oil Company (Singapore) and Cornell University China Advisory Board. He was appointed as the Senior International Advisor to the Governor of Shaanxi Province, China in 2017. Mr. Chen obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Xinjiang Shihezi University in 1982 and Master’s degree from Cornell University in 1989. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School (HBS) in 2003 and MCB class at HBS in 2013. He and his family currently live in Beijing.

Free entry. All welcome. Booking is required.

James Legge Conference and Public Lectures 11-13 June

In the bicentennial year of James Legge, the renowned Scottish missionary-scholar, an international and interdisciplinary conference focusing on his work and that of Scottish Missions to China, will take place in the University of Edinburgh from 11-13 June 2015.  The conference will include two keynote public lectures on the evenings of 11th and 12th June.

Inside and outside of China, there is a growing scholarly debate around how foreigners have contributed to and, at times, maligned prevailing understandings of Chinese philosophy, religion, and culture. One of the most important figures in these discussions is James Legge, the Scottish missionary-scholar to China, and translator of Chinese writings into English, and Christian writings into Chinese.

Conference Programme

The conference programme ‘James Legge & Scottish Missions to China’ giving details of the papers to be presented over the three days is available here – Download Legge 2015 Conference Programme.

For further information on the event and a link to register for the conference please visit this webpage.  =

If you have enquiries on this programme please contact in the first instance

Keynote Lectures

The general public is welcome to attend the two evening keynote lectures which will be followed by a wine reception.  No registration is required for the keynote lectures.

Keynote Lecture 1

Thursday 11th June 5.30pm New College, Mound Place EH1 2LX

Yang HuilinProf Yang Huilin, Renmin University of China
The Translator’s Identity and Its Paradox’

Yang Huilin is Professor of Comparative Literature and Religious Studies of Renmin University of China. His research interests include theological hermeneutics andinterdisciplinary studies of religion and literature. He is the author of many works including China, Christianity, and the Question of Culture (Baylor University Press, 2014)

This lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.
All welcome, no advance booking required

Keynote Lecture 2

Friday 12th June 5.30pm New College, Mound Place EH1 2LX

Lauren PfisterLauren Pfister,
Hong Kong Baptist University
‘Pulling the Plank out of One’s Own Eye

Reflective Moments of Transformation gained from James Legge’s Christian Engagement with Notable Chinese Persons’

Lauren Pfister is Professor of the Religion and Philosophy Department of Hong Kong Baptist University. He has published widely on Qing Dynasty philosophy, Ruist-
Christian dialogue, and hermeneutics, including the important two-volume work on
James Legge entitled Striving for ‘The Whole Duty of Man’ (Peter Lang, 2004).

This lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.
All welcome, no advance booking required.

This conference is organised by the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for the Study of World Christianity, in collaboration with the Scottish Centre for Chinese Studies with sponsorship from the Confucius Institute for Scotland and the New College Senate.

Teaching Chinese in Scotland: Pedagogy Meets the Language is a one day workshop for those involved in, training in, or interested in the teaching of Chinese. Taking place on Friday 12 June 2015 at 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh, EH8 9JY there will be a number of parallel workshops running on the day – which is free to attend.

The workshops will be run by experienced teachers and trainers from the Chinese Studies Department in the University of Edinburgh; Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools; School of Oriental and African Studies; Heriot-Watt University; and Dollar Academy.

Running from 9:45am on Friday 12 June 2015, with registration from 9:00am and networking opportunities from 4:15pm this event is free of charge. An outline of the programme for the day is below or simply download the PDF programme for Teaching Chinese in Scotland.

And please do please register for the day via our Eventbrite Booking link.

Friday 12 June, 50 George Square,EH8 9JY

0900-0945 Registration
0945-1000 Opening Remarks:
Prof Natascha Gentz & Fhiona Fisher
1000-1045 Plenary Session
We are Chinese Language Teachers!
Learning Chinese across the age spectrum
1045-1130 Workshop Session 1 – choice of 3
1130-1145 Tea/Coffee Break
1145-1230 Workshop Session 2 – choice of 3
1230-1315 Workshop Session 3 – choice of 3
1315-1400 Lunch
1400-1445 Workshop Session 4 – choice of 3
1445-1530 Workshop Session 5 – choice of 3
1530-1615 Plenary Session – Q&A with Panel
1615-1700 Farewell: Tea/Coffee & Networking

 WORKSHOPS Options: delegates can attend up to five

Workshop Options Speaker Working Language
1+2 Approach to Language learning Ms Judith McKerrecher English
Assessment is for learning in  your practice Ms Judith McKerrecher English
Classroom management Ms Judith McKerrecher English
Chinese exams in the UK Ms Suen Lik Chinese + English
Learning technology for the mandarin classroom Mr Billy Prior English + Chinese
SQA Assessments for chinese Ms Lin Fan Chinese + English
Teaching Chinese Grammar Dr Zhu Zhu Chinese + English
Teaching Listening + Speaking Ms Suen Lik Chinese + English
Teaching Reading and Writing Dr Song Lianyi Chinese + English
Teaching Tones + Pronunciation Ms Wu Yanmei Chinese + English


Ms LIN Fan, Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools

Lin Fan, a bilingual educator in English and Chinese languages, was an English teacher in China before moving to Scotland to take her MSc in Leadership and Management in Education. She has worked in education for more than 15 years in both China and Scotland. Currently Depute Director of the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools based in Scotland’s National Centre for Languages (SCILT) at the University of Strathclyde Lin Fan works closely with government organisations in Scotland and China to promote and develop Chinese language and culture for schools in Scotland. Previously she worked at the Scottish Qualifications Authority leading the development of National Qualifications for Chinese for Scotland and for two years was Vice Principal of the Glasgow Chinese School. She also delivers training to PGDE Mandarin students at the University of Edinburgh.

Mrs Judith McKerrecher, Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools

As Professional Development Officer for the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools Judith supports the teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture in both primary and secondary schools. Additionally she also works with the Confucius Classroom Hubs across Scotland and develops and provides CLPL for teachers and Tianjin teachers.

Judith is currently on secondment from Craigmount High in Edinburgh where she holds the post of Curriculum Leader for Languages – a post previously held at Liberton High. In this role Judith’s work covered French, German, Spanish and Mandarin languages. She also served as Acting Head Teacher with the Edinburgh Community Chinese School on a voluntary basis over a two year period.

Mr Billy Prior, Dollar Academy

Billy teaches secondary Mandarin at Dollar Academy. After graduating from Oxford University with a double first in Chinese, he spent three years in Shanghai working on the project team of a growing bilingual school. He returned to gain a PGDE from Moray House, and has taught since then. His current interests are blended learning strategies and game-based learning.

Dr SONG Lianyi, SOAS, London


Song Lianyi is Principal Teaching Fellow in Chinese at SOAS, University of London, and has taught Chinese in the UK for over 20 years. He obtained his PhD in foreign language teaching at University of London. He was chairman of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society (BCLTS) from 2002 to 2004. His research covers Chinese language pedagogy, language assessment, teaching material development, etc.

Ms SUEN Lik, SOAS, London

宣力, 毕业于北京语言大学对外汉语教学专业, 现任教于伦敦大学亚非学院中文系, 并兼任伦敦孔子学院英方执行院长。有多年在中国, 香港, 美国及英国从事汉语教学的经验。国家级普通话水平测试员, 英国某考试局中文科高级考官。曾参与欧洲范围内的汉语教学框架的研究。主要研究兴趣为汉语语音,汉语语法,方言研究及语言测试。

Suen Lik  graduated from Beijing Language (and Culture) University, majoring in TCAFL. She is now Principal Lecturer in Chinese at SOAS, University of London, and the Executive Director of ​ ​​the ​ London Confucius Institute, SOAS. She is  ​​an ​ examiner of PSC Chinese pronunciation test (China).  She has​ experience in teaching Chinese in China, Hong Kong, the US and the UK from beginner to Master’s degree level. Her research interests are Chinese syntax, Chinese phonology, Chinese dialects and language testing.

Miss WU Yanmei, Heriot Watt University


Wu Yanmei teaches Chinese at Heriot-Watt University. Prior to this, she taught Chinese at Manchester Metropolitan University. She specializes in teaching Mandarin tones/ pronunciation, as well as using films in language teaching. She holds an MA in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Sheffield), an MMus in Music Performance (SOAS), and an MA in Visual Anthropology (Goldsmiths), and is currently reading for a PHD in Heritage and Performance.

Dr ZHU Zhu, University of Edinburgh


Dr Zhu Zhu is Chinese Language Programme Director at the University of Edinburgh, overseeing Chinese language provision across the University. She directs the curriculum development of Chinese language courses at both UG and PG levels as well as the design and revision of Chinese language courses for the general public. Zhu has extensive experience in training Chinese language teachers as well as in teaching language classes at ab initio to advanced levels. She is also an active researcher in the fields of Second Language Acquisition and Translation Studies.


To secure your place at this one day event please register now via Eventbrite.
You can download, save or print  Teaching Chinese in Scotland ProgrammeBooklet here.

This event is a partnership between the University of Edinburgh, the Confucius Institute for Scotland and the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools.


Consolidation & Revision Group
June/July 2015

Having worked hard at learning Chinese for a term or more many students are keen to consolidate prior learning over the summer break.   The Institute will offer two consolidation/revision groups at beginner level and intermediate level  to help consolidate earlier learning – and to offer specific help to individual students on specific aspects of the language with which a student may be struggling.  

These drop-in Consolidation & Revision sessions will cover appropriate vocabulary and key grammatical points based on the various student levels in the group. Students are welcome to bring along any questions or points for clarification though supplementary learning materials will be provided in each session

Group A: This group is for students studying Chinese at Levels 1 & 2 with the institute
When, Where, How Much

When:   Monday evenings 6pm-8pm: 29 June,6 July, 13 July, 20 July, 27 July
Where:  Confucius Institute for Scotland, Abden House, 1 Marchhall Crescent, EH16 5HP Cost:     Cost:     £8 per session (minimum booking of two sessions)

Group B : This group is for students studying Chinese at Levels 3 & 4 with the institute
When, Where, How Much

When:   Thursday evenings 6pm-8pm: 2 July, 9 July, 16 July, 23 July, 30 July
Where:  Confucius Institute for Scotland, Abden House, 1 Marchhall Crescent, EH16 5HP
Cost:     £8 per session (minimum booking of two sessions)

To register for this course, please print off and fill a copy of Registration Form Summer Courses 2015 and send it back to the Confucius Institute for Scotland with a cheque for the appropriate amount made out the the University of Edinburgh.  If you have any questions, please call 0131 662 2180 or email


Shanghai Education Fair, Edinburgh, 4 June

A delegation of over 30 universities and international schools coordinated by the International Education Association Shanghai (IEAS) will visit Edinburgh on Thursday 4th June to  promote Sino-Scottish educational co-operation.  Myriad opportunities can be discussed at this event from the potential to study abroad for school and university students through to partnership agreements.

This event will take place in the iconic Hub, Castlehill, EH1 2NE. An opening ceremony will take place at 09.30 to officially open the exhibition which will run through till 14.30.  All are welcome.

The day offers a very worthwhile opportunity for school students, undergrads, postgrads, teachers, head-teachers, educators, professionals and others interested in the Chinese education system, in an individual Institution or in building links with China, to come along to gather information and open up a dialogue with one or more of the delegation members.  Member of the public interested in this free education exhibition are also welcome. An alphabetical list of organisations represented is shown below.

Donghua University
East China Normal University
East China University of Political Science and Law
East China University of Science and Technology
Fudan University
High School Affiliated to Fudan University
International Education Association Shanghai
No.2 High School of East China Normal University
School of Foreign Languages,Shanghai Business School
Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Shanghai Dian Ji University
Shanghai Finance University
Shanghai Foreign Language School
Shanghai Ganquan Foreign Language Middle School
Shanghai High School
Shanghai International Studies University
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai Jincai School
Shanghai Jinhui Experimental School
Shanghai Normal University
Shanghai Second Polytechnic University
Shanghai Theatre Academy
Shanghai University
Shanghai University of Electric Power
Shanghai University of Engineering Science
Shanghai University of Finance & Economics
Shanghai University of International Business and Economics
Shanghai University of Political Science and Law
Shanghai University of Sport
Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Shanghai Zhongshan School
Tongji University
University of Shanghai for Science and Technology

In addition there will be representatives on hand from the city of Shanghai:

Shanghai Municipal Development & Reform Commission
Shanghai Municipal Education Commission
Shanghai Municipal People’s Government
Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau

Should you have any questions please email us in the first instance.  We look forward to seeing you at the Hub on Thursday 4th June between 09.30 and 14.30.

It’s Only Words
Four Star Reviews!

It’s Only Words – a comedy show in Chinese for people who don’t speak Chinese at all – has gained four star reviews. The Fringe Review said “Highly Recommended Show” while Mumble Comedy also gave it four stars.   

Louise’s unique show is based on the idea that only 7% of communication is verbal. It’s Only Words experiments with the remaining 93%. You’ll understand it, but you won’t know why.

DescriLouiseReaybed by Reay as “my first ever show where the audience will literally have no idea what I’m talking about”, It’s Only Words plays with the audience’s preconceptions about humanity and communication through a mix of clowning and stand up. Reay will range over some very familiar territory – family, sex and relationships – in what to many Fringe goers will be a very unfamiliar language.

“At the Confucius Institute for Scotland we have taught several thousands of people how to understand and speak Chinese but we know that there are still people who find the idea of learning Chinese intimidating. We love the idea of introducing people to the Chinese language through Louise’s show which shows that even non speakers, can understand and enjoy the language in context – and it’s fun!”

 Professor Natascha Gentz, Director of the Confucius Institute for Scotland

“It might sound strange” says Reay, “but people have been performing comedy in this way for centuries. This work is a nod to the medieval tradition of ‘grammelot’ where travelling performers used an expressive physical language to communicate.

“The show is based on my research through making documentaries with the most marginalised members of society, such as the elderly and illegal immigrants, so often isolated due to communication barriers, and with the deaf community who told me the deaf are so in tune with our body movements it’s almost impossible to lie to them!”


Louise  read Modern & Classical Chinese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London before working as a documentary maker for the BBC and Channel 4, making programmes with Chinese copper cowboys in Africa and illegal Chinese immigrants in the UK. Other credits include the BBC1 Panorama special Don’t Cap My Benefits, the C4 series on immigration, Do You Speak English? And BBC2’s study of inequality, The Super-Rich and Us.

In addition to developing her Chinese language skills, Louise has been performing stand-up since age 16, initially training with Jill Edwards (Brighton Komedia) before moving into physical comedy working with Phil Burgers (Doctor Brown), Eric Davis(Red Bastard) and Gerry Flanagan, who directs Its Only Words.

Fringe Venue 27:
The Small Kirk, Just The Tonic @ The Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QA

Dates: 6-30th August (not the 18th)
Time: 4.15pm
Age: 14+
Duration: 1 hour
Price: In advance £5 or PWYW

To guarantee your seat please book in advance via the Fringe box office.

Intensive Chinese Beginners Course
Summer 2015

Take the chance to immerse yourself in the Chinese language with our twice weekly Chinese language course for complete beginners.  Studying for 10 evening over just five weeks you will have 20 hours of teaching covering the course materials for Chinese 1.1 – the first course in our progressive Chinese language learning programme. Designed for complete beginners with little or no knowledge of Chinese language this  five week course of two classes per week runs on Monday and Thursday evenings at the Institute. On completion of this 20 hour programme of study over 5 weeks with two 2-hour classes per week, students will be able to:

  • Master Pinyin, the Chinese pronunciation system
  • Use simple greetings and make basic conversations
  • Recognise up to 120 Chinese characters and know how to write them

Students who complete this course can move onto Chinese 1.2 in the autumn term from September 2015.

Course Content
Students will work on development of basic pronunciation skills, character writing and learn vocabulary for use in social situations in Chinese.

  1. Chinese pronunciation system Pinyin;
  2. Making Introductions;
  3. Giving and receiving personal information such as nationality and age;
  4. Using numbers and time
  5. Talking about family

Teaching Method (s)
The course is tutorial based with a combination of whole class activity and group work. 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.

Text Book
The book used for this course is Wu Zhongwei, Contemporary Chinese for Beginners, Beijing: Sinolingua, 2010.  This course book covers two years of learning.  The charge for the textbook, workbook and character book is £25.  Summer course students can opt to request photocopies for this term only.

Term dates and times
29 June- 30 July 2015
6pm-8pm every Monday and Thursday

Course Venue
Confucius Institute for Scotland, Abden House, 1 Marchhall Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 5HP

Course Fee
£125 (£83) plus £25 for textbook and workbook.

To register this course, please print off and complete a copy of the Summer Courses 2015  Registration Form and send it back to our Institute with a cheque made out to the University of Edinburgh.  If you have any questions, please call us on 0131 662 2180 or email

Chinese Test Summer Camp 2015
Deadline 18 May

Students who have taken part in HSK and HSKK exams have the opportunity to spend two sponsored weeks in China from 10-23 July 2015. As well as having taken an HSK/HSKK test applicants must be non-Chinese students age 14-22.

This is a great opportunity as all expenditure in China will be covered by Confucius Institutes Headquarters (Hanban). This includes meals, accommodation, local transport, group activities, tours in China and Chinese domestic insurance.

Participants are required to pay for their own international airfare, Chinese visa application and international travel insurance.

While individual students can apply for this programme, if a school has six or more applicants one teacher is eligible to apply as chaperone.

Click Chinese Test Summer Camp to download further details and application pack. The deadline to apply for this great opportunity is imminent – Monday 18th May 2015.