Monthly Archives: September 2016

Business Lecture Patrick Horgan, Rolls-Royce – Podcast

For those who missed the excellent talk last month from  Patrick Horgan, OBE, Regional Director, North-East Asia for Rolls-Royce we are pleased to offer you the chance to hear his talk via this podcast.


Patrick, a graduate of Oxford University, and a Mandarin speaker with a background which spans business, diplomacy and cultural relations, is Regional Director North-East Asia for Rolls-Royce, covering China, Japan and Korea, based in Beijing.

patrickhorgan  Previously, he was managing director of an international corporate advisory firm in China, advising leading MNCs on direct investment and on policy issues, both in China and in other Asian emerging markets. Prior to that, Patrick worked at Jardine Matheson in Hong Kong.

In 2007 he was awarded an OBE for services to the British business community in China.  Patrick has also held various external roles and advisory appointments, such as Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in China (2004-06), and member of the China Advisory Council for the EU. From 2009-2011 he also served as Counsellor for Education at the British Embassy in Beijing and Director of the British Council’s programmes across Greater China. He is currently Vice President of the European Chamber of Commerce in China.

Originally from South West Scotland Patrick first went to China to live and work in 1989. He lives in Beijing with his wife and three children.

Patrick’s  talk is entitled:”What next for international investment in China, and Chinese investment in Europe? Personal reflections and the story of Rolls-Royce in China.”

This will take place on Thursday 27th October from 6pm in the Royal College of Surgeon’s King Khalid Auditorium which can be accessed directly from Hill Square.  Please book here via Eventbrite.

We are delighted that our partner for this talk is the China Britain Business Council.

For a record of all speakers who have appeared in the Institute’s Business Lecture Series please click here.

Welcome to the expanded Confucius Campus

On Monday 19th Sept the Institute celebrated its 10th Anniversary and the award of Model Institute status with the official opening of two additional buildings creating the first Confucius Campus in the world – download our campus map.

The New Buildings

Located only a few hundred metres from Abden House, home of the Confucius Institute for Scotland since it launched, the two additional buildings at nos 79 & 81 Dalkeith Road previously operated as University nursery premises. The £1million development increases capacity at the Institute with an additional six teaching and study rooms as well as a specialist library for students undertaking postgraduate Chinese Studies courses and evening classes. Download the campus-map here.

Model Institute Award

A day long programme of events marked this anniversary which saw the University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea  unveil a Model Institute Award Plaque with Ma Jian Fe, Deputy Director of Hanban.This was followed by the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony with a number of presidents of  Chinese and European partner universities.

Witnessed by 120 guests the morning events also included a keynote speech by Chen Liming, Chairman of IBM, Greater China – a visiting professor at the University – and the signing of a number of Memorandum of Understanding.

The Open House Afternoon programme gave staff, students and the general public the opportunity to tour the campus buildings where language tasters, calligraphy workshops, and musical instruments were all on offer along with Tai Chi, Chinese teas and delicious Chinese dumplings.  Visitors ranged across the age groups and nationalities and the lovely Panda mascots were a hit with everyone.  

The event concluded with a celebratory dinner at the Playfair Library with cultural interludes including a mini-fashion show of Qipao from our new partner Donghua University’s College of Fashion and Innovation.  Guests also enjoyed watching Institute calligrapher, Chi Zhang, create a calligraphy poem to specially composed music from Hugh MacKay on the cello. The short video of rehearsal and performanc Warriors! brought youthful energy into the room before guests were invited into Old College Quad for a beating the retreat finale.


The University of Edinburgh’s Confucius Institute for Scotland has developed a strong reputation, introducing people to the Chinese language, advising Scottish companies seeking to do business in China and staging award-winning cultural events.

Professor Natascha Gentz, Chair of Chinese Studies at the University and Director of the Institute, said: “The past 10 years has been a period of considerable achievement, with the Institute helping to foster closer links between people in Scotland and China. This major investment will support our provision of post-graduate programmes and our aim of extending our range of activities. A key strand will be to work more closely with local schools, enabling children to learn a new language and discover more about Chinese culture.This is an important time in the life of the Institute and we look forward with confidence to the next 10 years.”


Cabinet Secretary visits Confucius Campus

fiona-hyslop-confucius-institute-018Institute Director, Professor Natascha Gentz was delighted to welcome Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs to the Confucius Campus for a meeting attended also by Vice Principal Professor Charlie Jeffrey along with co-director Dr Jin Ri.



The opportunity to show her around the recently expanded facilities just three days after the campus’s new buildings were officially opened was appreciated and Ms Hyslop enjoyed the chance to get hands on with some of the Institute’s musical instrument collection.



fiona-hyslop-confucius-institute-005The Institute has recently been selected as a Cultural Pilot Institute to work with a new Cultural Division within Hanban. The opportunity to build stronger and more meaningful cultural engagement between Scotland and China is welcomed by the Scottish Government which last year renewed its Cultural Memorandum of Understanding with China.

Writer in Residence Agreement – Beijing Publishing Group

beijingpublishinggroupA 15 strong delegation from Beijing Publishing Group visited the Confucius Institute for Scotland earlier this month to sign an agreement which will see upcoming and well known Chinese authors visit Edinburgh to spend a period of time as a Writer in Residence in the city of Edinburgh.The delegation visited the Institute after attending the London Book Fair and brought with them a donation of 500 books which are now housed in the Institute.

With a 60 year history  Beijing Publishing Group Co. Ltd is now a large cultural enterprise with eight professional publishing houses, five magazines and fourteen subsidiaries. Two of the publishing houses focus on Chinese literary publishing and in 2015 the October College of Arts was established from where this initiative has been launched.  Each writer selected as a Writer in Residence will have the opportunity to spend time in Edinburgh and environs. The Institute will arrange public event(s) for the writer appropriate to the profile and interests of the individual.



Award Winning Chinese Choir
Tues 4th Oct 7.30pm

As part of the celebrations for our 10th Anniversary, our Institute is delighted to host an award-winning Student Choir from Nankai University on Tuesday 4th Oct 2016 at 7.30 in the lovely surroundings of Nicholson Square Methodist Church.

2014_2Having performed at top concert venues around the world, the  choir will offer a diverse repertoire of Chinese and Chinese minority folk classics.

Founded in 1995, the Student Choir of Nankai University is composed of undergraduate students, postgraduate students and international students. Nankai University has a prestigious choral tradition dating back to the 1930s and the University Choir regularly win various major international choral awards, including the highest award at the Fourth International Choral Festival in 1998, three gold medals at the Third World Olympic Choral Competition in Bremen, Germany and top prizes at the First and Second National College Student Performance Festivals in China.  In 2009, the Student Choir performed on the stage of China’s National Grand Theatre, representing the highest honour of national recognition in China.

Tickets for this concert which is free can be booked via here via Eventbrite.


Open House at the Confucius Campus 19 Sept: Free Shuttle Service

CATCH THE Complimentary SHuttle service!

A shuttle minibus service will run from outside the University Gift Shop to the Confucius Campus every 15 minutes from 2.15pm till 4pm.  A return service will run from 3pm till 5pm.  Please wait by the lampost with the Information Poster and bus timetable which will be in place on Monday.
At the Campus you will have the chance to explore the beautiful campus, visit some of the buildings and follow our exploration/activity map. Make sure you round off your visit with delicious Chinese dumplings.

For more information on the reasons for our celebration please read on.

EXPANSION and a celebration

A decade on from the signing of the agreement to set up the Confucius Institute for Scotland, we will mark our 10th Anniversary on 19 Sept 2016 when we expand from one building into three on our expanded Confucius Campus.

Your Invitation

Whether you want to just come along to see the new campus, take part by learning some Tai Chi poses, be introduced to a range of Chinese musical instruments, try your hand at calligraphy – or simply take a selfie with the Panda mascots – you will be most welcome.  Our teachers will also be offering some taster Chinese language sessions as well.

Of course no celebration would be complete without food so please come and enjoy some delicious Chinese dumplings which will be on offer throughout the afternoon.

As this is an open invite and a family friendly event, please feel free to bring along family /friends and please do help us to spread the word!

More information on the expansion is below.

Confucius Institute for Scotland Campus

Nos 79 & 81 Dalkeith Road, formerly the location of the University’s day care nursery, has for the last year been undergoing a quiet refurbishment to create additional learning and collaboration spaces for Institute students, visiting staff and various academic and cultural partners.

EDINBURGH, UK - 2016: General views of Abden House and 79/81 Dalkeith Road. (Photograph: MAVERICK PHOTO AGENCY)

Confucius Campus North   79 Dalkeith Road

With six fully provisioned teaching rooms, a post-graduate study room, research library and staff offices the expansion will mean most classes take place in the Dalkeith Road buildings at No 79 (North) and No 81 (South).

Fortunately  Institute staff and students can move easily between Abden House and the two refurbished buildings via the garden entrance to numbers 79 + 81 Dalkeith Road which back onto the University car park just outside the main gates of Abden!
Click here to see Confucius Campus map.

Getting to the Confucius Campus

Lothian buses no 2,14, 30 and 33 from the city stop directly outside no 79 Dalkeith Road which is the North Building of our Campus. This is in additional to the complimentary shuttle service running for the afternoon.

Literary Beijing under Globalisation: Xu Zechen 15 Sept 2pm

We are delighted to bring back to Edinburgh, one of the upcoming new stars on Chna’s literary scene. In this special event titled Literary Beijing under Globalisation, Xu Zechen will talk about the representation of Beijing in literature from post-imperial to modern times, including the new Beijing that has emerged since China’s Opening Up as the city has undergone a process of modernisation and expansion.

Xu will also analyse current Chinese social classes and discuss the popular Beijing terms “marginal man”, “Beijing floater” and “ant tribe”.

xu-zechenBorn in 1978 in Jiangsu Province, Xu Zechen obtained a master’s degree in Chinese literature from Peking University. Xu is the author of Jerusalem, Midnight’s Door, Night Train, Heaven on Earth and Running through Beijing. He has won several prizes within China for new and promising writers. In 2009 he was Writer in Residence at Creighton University in Nebraska, and he took part in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in 2010. His work has been translated into German, Korean, English, Dutch, Japanese and Mongolian

This event is jointly hosted by the Confucius Institute for Scotland and Beijing Publishing Group.

It will take place in Lecture Theatre 3, University of Edinburgh Business School, 29-31 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh on Thursday 15 Sept from 2pm till 3pm.  Please note the talk will be in Chinese with sequential translation.