Yearly Archives: 2015

One Belt, One Road: Briefing Session, Report, & Webinar

On Wed 9 December in Glasgow, China Britain Business Council will run a briefing event focusing on opportunities for businesses related to the One Belt One Road initiative, launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013.

The programme will present the key findings of a report into this initiative to improve and create new trade routes, links and business opportunities with China, which will pass through over 60 countries along the way, through Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Jeff Astle, CBBC’s Executive Director, and Nathan Blunt from the FCO, will lead the session along with panellists from companies which are actively involved. Initial opportunities exist in infrastructure development, financial and professional services, advanced manufacturing and transport, agriculture, energy and resources, logistics, construction and master planning, as well as regionally in ports, tourism and environmental industries.

If you are unable to attend the event but would like to either download the report or take part in a webinair session you can do so by clicking here.


Calligraphy Competition-Scottish Heat Tues 1st Dec 2015 6pm

The Confucius Institute for Scotland is pleased to be hosting the Scotland heat of a global Chinese Calligraphy Contest being organised by Sinolingua. Taking place at the in the Institute at Abden House on Tuesday 1st December from 6pm, the competition is open to all non-native speakers of Chinese.

Artist practising calligraphyMany students enjoy learning Chinese characters. Some students take this enjoyment further by studying Chinese calligraphy while others start with an aesthetic enjoyment of the form. Whichever is the case for you, join us to take part in the heat. All participants will receive a beautiful calligraphy gift set and Chinese refreshments will be on offer during the evening. If successful you can progress to the next stage and might even be the winner of a return flight to China!

The theme of the competition is Chinese Calligraphy-an art of global appeal‘.

Programme for Tues 1st December

Confucius Institute for Scotland calligraphy teacher Chi Zhang will give a short lecture and demonstration before contestants take up their brushes. Contestants can choose which script to use and there is no limit on the content, number of words, signature etc. All materials will be provided.

All contestants attending on 1st Dec will receive a beautiful calligraphy gift set and Chinese refreshments will be available on the evening.

Competition Process

Representatives of SinoLingua (sponsors of the global competition) will take photos of each completed work while a video describing the creation of the work will also be made. Completed work will be uploaded to the Mass Selection website. There, following on from the judging, selected artwork will progress to the second round and hopefully to the Finals with the chance to win the top prize of a round-trip flight to China.

To arrange to take part or if you have any questions please email Chi Zhang.

This competition is organised by SinoLingua.  For more info please visit the competition website

Memory Gender & Change in China – WAGNet Podcasts

A day long symposium ‘Memory Gender and Change in China’ organised by WAGNet (Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Network) with the support of the Confucius Institute for Scotland took place on 11 September. Podcasts of the three panel sessions which addressed themes as shown below, are now available. Scroll down to access.

    • New wave feminism
    • LGBT communities
    • Campaigns against violence against women
    • Dating and violence
    • Reproductive cultures
    • Technologies of intimacy
    • Politics of photographic representation of the female body
    • Socialist masculinities
    • Men’s role in family planning and contraception
    • Transnational feminist organizing

woman as manWAGNET CONFERENCE: Panel 1
Tradition and Change

Moderator: Prof Fiona Moore
Dr. Alison Hardie, University of Leeds
Dr. Wu Shengqing, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Dr. Xuelei Huang, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Francesca Bray, University of Edinburgh.

women-hold-up-half-the-skyWAGnet conference Panel 2:
Socialist heritage and contemporary resonances

Moderator: Prof. Francesca Bray, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Wang Xiangxian, Sociology, Tianjin Normal University
Prof. Fiona Moore, Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr. Wang Xiying, Beijing Normal University;
Dr. Derek Hird, University of Westminster.

anti domestic violenceWAgnet conference Panel 3:
From global to local: reflections 20 years after the UN Fourth World Conference on Women

Moderator: Dr. Xuelei Huang, University of Edinburgh
Feng Yuan, Media Monitor Network for Women and Shantou University
Dr. Robin Runge, George Washington University Law School
Dr. Wei Wei, East China Normal University
Dr. Sophia Woodman, University of Edinburgh (Local Organiser)

For more information on WAGNet please visit their website here.

China-A Science & Technology Superpower? 25 Nov 3.30pm

Join us when Prof Erik Baark from Hong Kong University of Science & Technology poses the question China – A Science & Technology Superpower?

With the rapid growth of Chinese investments in science and technology, and the expansion of outputs in terms of scientific articles, patents, and technological capabilities, some observers have predicted that China is on its way to becoming a technological superpower. This prediction is naturally based on the rapid developments in the input of R&D investment and output of scientific publications and patents that have taken place in China during the recent decades. But what does the concept of a scientific and technological superpower imply? In this talk, Erick Baark will discuss several interpretations of the concept of superpower and provide a preliminary assessment of key trends that have been seen as the promise of China’s emerging status. In his conclusion,he proposes that if, indeed, China is becoming an S&T superpower, one can hope that it will become a different type of superpower.

ErikBaarkErik Baark is Professor at the Division of Social Science and the Division of Environment at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. He completed a PhD at the University of Lund (1986) and a Dr.phil. at the University of Copenhagen (1998). His primary research interests are related to innovation systems and science and technology policy in China and other East Asian countries. His research on China includes analysis of information systems and IT development and high technology entrepreneurship during recent policy reforms. He has also published extensively on innovation in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. He has published edited volumes and monographs, including Lightning Wires: Telegraphs and China’s Technological Modernization 1860-1890 (Greenwood Press, 1997). He has also published articles in leading international area studies journals such as The China Quarterly and innovation research journals such as Research Policy and the International Journal of Technology Management.

Lecture: China – A Science & Technology Superpower?
Speaker: Prof Erik Baark, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Date: Wednesday 25th November
Time: 3.30-5.00
Venue: Room LT2, University of Edinburgh Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place

For further information contact:

Jointly organized by the Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation and The Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh.

Farmland for Farmers
24 Nov 15 6.30pm

We are delighted to welcome Dong Zhenghua, formerly Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Peking University and now Professor of Chu Hai College for Higher Education, Hong Kong as the sixth speaker in our Distinguished Lecture Series 2015. His talk is entitled Farmland for Farmers: Problems of Large-scale Enclosure of Farmland in China.


One key question in today’s China is how to protect the farmers’ farmland? Under China’s ‘collective farmland ownership’ system, ultimate ownership of land is difficult to determine. With a growing economy, demand for land also grows.

Local government and real estate companies, can all too easily requisition land in the name of public demand with minimal compensation to the farmers. Conversely there is an increasing need for more agricultural activity.

At present there is a danger of large-scale enclosure of farmland becoming an acute issue and land related disputes being exacerbated. Is the solution to confer peasant families with perpetual rights under the Constitution? What would the impact of such a policy be and is there a way ahead which will treat individuals fairly and address the conflicting demands?


DongZhenghua 1

 Dong Zhenghua, former Director of the Centre for Modernization Studies (1999-2014) and Distinguished Professor of Humanities (2012-14) at Peking University, is currently a Professor  at Chu Hai College for Higher Education, Hong Kong.

His publications on agrarian problems include

  • Farmers onto Modernity (2014);
  • Nanjie Village: a Market Oriented Collective (Equity, Exclusion and Liberalization: a debate among historians-Papers of the 1996 SEPHIS workshop, Zanzibar);
  • Reserve the Land for Family Farming: On the Use of Farmland and the Future of the Peasantry in China (Global Capitalism and the Future of Agrarian Society, 2012);
  • Does China Need to Develop Agrarian Capitalism? (Chinese Studies in History, vol. 47, no.2, Winter 2013-14. M.E. Sharpe, Inc.)

Event Details

This talk will take place in the lower ground level lecture theatre LG.11 of the David Hume Tower, University of Edinburgh,EH8 9JY from 6.30pm.  A drinks reception will follow.  All welcome


Prof Shen Dingli, Fudan University: 29 Oct 15-6pm

As a distinguished scholar we are delighted to host Prof Shen Dingli, Deputy Dean of the Institute of International Studies at Fudan University to deliver a lecture on China’s Peaceful Rise: Challenges & Opportunities.


China’s rise certainly brings more opportunities to the world: increasing import of goods and services; and increasing export of tourist purchasing power, to name a few.  In terms of soft power, China is rapidly investing on its green energy sector and collaborating on climate change.  It is a major force of international combat against terror and pandemic diseases.  It is more visible on UN peacekeeping and disaster relief missions abroad.  Meantime, its rise does alter the world balance of power.  China’s rising strength of export and investment brings it more competence in manufacturing and international finance.  Its land and maritime Silk Road program offers the prospects of a better connected Eurasian continent.  Its ambition on the global commons has yet to reconcile with the concerns of the others.  This lecture will address the aforementioned issues, analysing China’s policy contour and its regional impact, especially on its relations with the neighbours and the United States.


沈丁立教授 Professor Shen DinliProfessor Shen Dingli is Deputy Dean of  the Institute of International Studies at Fudan University.  His research and publications focus on China-US security relations; regional security and international strategy; arms control and non-proliferation; foreign and defence policy of China, and the US. He received his PhD in physics from Fudan in 1989 and from 1989 to 1991 he engaged in arms control studies at Princeton University. In 1996 he was awarded Eisenhower Fellowship. In 2002 he was invited by Kofi Annan the then Secretary General of the United Nations to advise him on strategy planning for his second term.

Currently he also serves as Vice President at several academic associations, including the Chinese Association of South Asian Studies, Shanghai Association of International Studies, Shanghai Association of American Studies, Shanghai UN Research Association and Shanghai Public Policy Association.

Essential Information

Thursday 29th October 2015 6pm-7.30pm
Project Room 1.06
50 George Square
This lecture is part of the Confucius Institute for Scotland Distinguished Lecture Series in which experts and scholars on China and Chinese culture are invited to give a lecture on their chosen topic.

It is also part of the Discover Day programme organised by Fudan University, the Chinese university partner for the Confucius Institute for Scotland.

Rising China and Global Impact
13 Nov 3.15pm

Professor Tony Chan, President of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Asia’s No 1 University for three years in a row, will give a guest lecture on the topic of Rising China and Global Impact.

Globalisation, which calls for responses from many different sectors and stakeholders around the world, brings opportunities along with challenges. As such, rising China in the global arena is playing an increasingly important role in addressing the global imperative and shaping international agenda.  In the global marketplace, no champion can excel on its own.

How does one make sense of this ‘new’ internationalisation?  How does a university find its place in the midst of global cross currents? In the globalised context, which is always in flux, how do we go beyond traditional confines to soar as global players with global impact?


TonyChanHKUSTProfessor Tony F Chan assumed the presidency of HKUST in Sept 2009.  Prior to this appointment he was Assistant Director of the the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), which is the largest directorate at NSF.

Professor Chan’s scientific background is in Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. He received his BS and MS degrees in Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. He pursued postdoctoral research at Caltech as Research Fellow, and taught Computer Science at Yale University before joining the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) as Professor of Mathematics in 1986. He was appointed Chair of the Department of Mathematics in 1997 and served as Dean of Physical Sciences from 2001 to 2006. He also holds honorary joint appointments with the University’s BioEngineering Department and the Computer Science Department.

Event Details

Friday 13 November 2015
Lecture Theatre 2, Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton St, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE

For more information on HKUST please click here.


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


Jiang Shan holds a Bachelor of Chinese Language and Literature from Fudan University. Currently she is a master candidate of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Language (MTCSOL) at Fudan University. In 2012 she went to Fengchia University as an exchange student. She also worked as a language teacher in the International Cultural Exchange School of Fudan University for two years.

Jiang Shan enjoys making friends with people from different cultural backgrounds and is eager to share her knowledge about China and Chinese culture with them.


XUE Juan

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

XUE Juan holds a bachelor degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. Now she is a master candidate for Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) at Fudan University.

She believes that teaching Chinese is not only a meaningful and wonderful thing for her own career, it also helps people from all over the world to know about China and develop a deeper understanding of Chinese culture through the tool of language learning. As a Chinese teacher in the Confucius Institute for Scotland, she has prepared to experience a totally different culture and enjoy a wonderful language teaching journey in Scotland.



Fudan University Discovery Day:
29 Oct 1pm-3.30pm

Partner of the Confucius Institute for Scotland, Fudan University is based in one of China’s most vibrant cities – Shanghai.

Find out more about Fudan University – and its network of Confucius Institutes – by dropping into the Project Room at 50 George Square on Thursday 29th October 1.00-3.30pm.  And join us for a special distinguished lecture from Fudan’s Prof Shen Dingli at 6pm.  Read on for more details.


Fudan University, based in the vibrant city of Shanghai is one of China’s leading Universities. Founded in 1905 Fudan University is composed of four campuses and has over 30,000 students.

In 2006 Fudan University was partnered with the University of Edinburgh as the Chinese partner in the about to be established Confucius Institute for Scotland. Since this time each year Fudan University sends teaching staff to the Institute to develop the Chinese language skills of the Institute and University students.

In addition Fudan also has partnerships with the Confucius Institutes in Auckland, Sydney, Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Nottingham Universities.


Drop in to the Project Room 1.06 in 50 George Square to chat through opportunities to study abroad for a semester or more. A number of University of Edinburgh students are currently studying at Fudan under joint programmes.   In addition each year there are a number of scholarship opportunities offered by various bodies to he University of Edinburgh and to the Confucius Institute network. Check these out by speaking to the exhibitors from Fudan University,
Auckland University’s Confucius Institute, Hamburg University’s Confucius Institute, Nottingham University Confucius Institute and the Confucius Institute for Scotland here in the University of Edinburgh.


Take a seat and enjoy a cup of Chinese tea and a cookie while listening to the evocative sound of the Pipa and the Bamboo Flute. You will also have the chance to watch various forms of martial arts – and perhaps even try these out for yourself at an informal workshop.

Evening Lecture

Our Distinguished Lecture speaker from Fudan is Prof Shen Dingli, deputy dean of the Institute of International Studies. His talk entitled “China’s Peaceful Rice: Challenges & Opportunities” will consider how China’s rise is changing the balance of power in a number of fields – with its ambitions continuing to divide its critics. Join us at 6pm in the Project Room for this fascinating talk

All welcome!