Monthly Archives: December 2015

Office Closure Christmas and New Year 2019/20

IMG_1655_ThumbnailThe Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh will be closed from Wednesday 18 December and reopen on Monday 6 January 2020.  We send best wishes for the festive season to all our students and friends and we look forward to seeing you in 2020.

Classes will start again week beginning 27 January 2020



Year of the Monkey Resources for Schools

An early Christmas present from British Council!

Discover what 2016’s Year of the Monkey symbolises using this new resource pack filled with fun activities based on Chinese culture and traditions. Start preparing for Chinese New Year, explore the mythology behind the Chinese zodiac and uncover what the Year of the Monkey actually means in 2016.

Take your students along on a journey with the Monkey King as he steals the pills of invisibility and then sets out to the west with his magical companions. Or, using the pack, teach them how to make traditional opera masks, draw monkeys using Chinese brush strokes, create decorative DIY kites and even learn some basic Chinese.

There are plenty of creative and fun ideas for you and your students to learn about the rich history and culture of China.  You can download the pack from British Council’s website using this link.

British Council would love to get some quick feedback from you on the Year of the Monkey pack and whether you will use it. Please complete this quick survey – it should take less than a minute.

Note: To listen to embedded sound clips, please download the education pack and open with Adobe Reader.

Model Institute Award Hanban Global Conference 2015

The 10th Global Conference of Confucius Institutes (CI) held in Shanghai in early December 2015 saw the Confucius Institute for Scotland receive the accolade of ‘Model Institute’ from Vice Premier Liu Yandong who is chair of the Council of CI Headquarters.  

Since opening in 2007 the Institute has received six awards of excellence from Hanban for the quality of its work and the impact of its outreach programmes. In 2008, the Institute coordinated the ten-month long ‘China Now in Scotland’ festival and significantly increased its programme of language classes. December 2008 saw a second Award for Excellence being given to the Institute. Additional Awards for Excellence followed in 2009 and 2010 culminating in a Gold Medal Award for Outstanding Contribution which was awarded in December 2011 with an additional award for Excellence being given also in 2012.

In 2014, the 10th anniversary year of the establishment of the network, the Principal of the University of Edinburgh received a  Pioneer Award – one of only 10 such awards marking the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the CI network. This year’s Model Institute award brings the total number of awards to the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh, to eight.

Also in receipt of an award for Confucius Classroom of the Year was the Confucius Classroom at the City of Edinburgh hosted by Leith Academy.

The global network stands now at 500 Institutes and just over 1000 classrooms in 134 countries around the world. For more information on the Conference please visit Hanban’s website here.

Photographs: Institute Director, Professor Natascha Gentz, is shown receiving and being congratulated on the award by Vice Premier Liu Yandong before chatting with Hanban CEO Mme Xu Lin along with Co-Director Dr Jin Ri. 





HSK Exam Dates 2016-registration now open

The Institute will run three HSK exam diets in 2016.  All exams take place on Saturdays with the dates being 19 March, 21 May and 3 December.  You can register now for the 19 March 2016 exam. If you are interested in working or studying in China or in applying for a Confucius Institute Scholarship in the future, then HSK, the Chinese Proficiency Certificate, is of interest to you.

We run exams from level 1 to level 6.  Students who have completed 40 hours of study should be able to secure a level 1 HSK certificate.

HSK2015For full details of the HSK exam please visit the detailed information page here.


WU Yun

Position: Teacher
Telephone: +44 (0)131 662 2180

Wu Yun3


WU Yun graduated with a PhD in Chinese Linguistics from Fudan University. He taught a number of courses at International Cultural Exchange School at Fudan University, including Introduction to Modern Chinese, Chinese Rhetoric, Chinese Grammar.

Dr. Wu’s research focuses on Chinese Cognitive Grammar, Chinese Rhetoric and Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. He is a member of International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL).


Golden Chopsticks Film Gala, 9 Dec 2pm-5pm

Students who take the course “Chinese Silent Cinema, 1922-1935” form groups and make their own 20-minute films modelled on the thematics and aesthetics of silent-era Chinese films.

As a conclusion to this class, all student films are shown at a mock Oscar event known as the “Golden Chopsticks Film Gala.” Judges made up of faculty members and experts determine Golden Chopsticks winners in ten categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Actress in a Lead Role, Best Actor in a Lead Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Music, Best Set Design, and Best Poster.


2:00        Introduction
2:10       “Change of Heart” 覆水難收
2:50       “The Only Dance” 舞夜
3:30       “Blue Gardenia” 蘭梔子
4:00        Bloopers
4:30        Golden Chopsticks Awards
5:00        Farewell

Venue and Timing

The 2015 entrants for the ‘Golden Chopsticks’ award will be screened at 50 George Square Room G.04 Screening Room on Wed 9 Dec 2015 from 2pm-5pm.

Please click HERE to download the poster of the event.
For more information on this event and to view the 2014 films, please visit Chinese Silent Film page.