Monthly Archives: May 2018

China’s economic catch-up: Is this a merited success? – Thursday 28 March 2019

Join us for our first distinguished lecture this year on Thursday 28 March to hear from Professor Zhang Jun, Dean of the School of Economics, Fudan University.

China’s Economic Catch-up: Is This a Merited Success?

China has been progressing well in its structural transformation and integration of its economy with the rest of the world.  This has resulted in a substantial narrowing of its productivity gap with the advanced economies over the past 40 years. However, its success in catching up is increasingly being blamed, for instance by the US, for intended violation of a level playing field and forced transfer of technology. In this lecture Professor Zhang will present evidence to show:

  • Why China, as a latecomer, could learn to mimic the model of East Asian high-performing economies
  • Why China’s fast growth could largely be accounted for by its high rate of saving and investment, which is common to the East Asian Miracle.

Biography

Professor Zhang Jun is the Dean of the School of Economics at Fudan University in Shanghai and Director of the China Centre for Economic Studies. He is one of the leading economists in China and a respected commentator in international and Chinese media. He is a graduate of Fudan University and studied at the London School of Economics and the University of Sussex.  Professor Zhang has contributed to many economic journals and in 2018 received the Bergson Prize from the American Association for Comparative Economic Studies.  He has authored or edited numerous books including Economic Transition with Chinese Characteristics: Thirty Years of Reform and Opening Up (McGill-Queen University Press, 2008) and End of Hyper Growth In China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Registration 5.30pm / Lecture 6pm / Q&A , Networking & Drinks 7. 30pm

Location: Main Auditorium, University of Edinburgh Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9JS

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Chinese Language Summer School Week 1 – Beginners 1

This course is designed for complete beginners with little or no knowledge of Chinese language. Basic listening and speaking skills are emphasized along with the study of pinyin, the official Romanisation system for Standard Chinese (普通话, Pŭtōnghuà, literally ‘common speech’) in mainland China. By the end of 25 hours of intensive learning over one week, students will:

  • Have a basic knowledge of Chinese language;
  • Be able to use basic grammatical and sentence structures to introduce oneself and to engage in simple conversations;
  • Have basic knowledge of Chinese names, some traditional custom and family structures.

Course Details:

  • Start date: Monday, 2nd July
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Day(s) and Times(s): Mon 2 – Fri 6 July 2018, 10am-4pm
  • Price: £187.50 (including material)

Course Content:

  • Pinyin – the official Romanisation system for Standard Chinese in mainland China;
  • Vocabulary and expressions regarding speaking about one’s name, nationality, language skills and family;
  • Expressions regarding stating one’s wishes;
  • A brief introduction to Chinese writing system;
  • Numbers.

Teaching Methods:

The course is tutorial based with a combination of joint class activities and group work. Supplementary material is prepared by the teacher.

Core Reading:

Wu Zhongwei. Contemporary Chinese for Beginners. Beijing: Sinolingua, 2010. This book will be provided to registered students at the start of the course.  Please contact info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk if you already have a copy of this book.

To book Week 1 – Beginners 1 Class and pay online please use the University ePay system.  Alternatively download this Summer 2018 Chinese Language Course Form then complete and return it to the Confucius Institute for Scotland with a cheque for the correct amount made out to the University of Edinburgh.

Book both weeks of Summer school Day Time class Beginners 1 and 2 for a discount price of £325 including learning materials.

 

Easy Chinese

An introductory course for learners who have no prior knowledge of the Chinese language. It is designed for those who want a short focused introduction to Chinese language learning. Running for 12.5 hours over 5 weeks, this course takes learners through basic expressions needed in typical conversational situations. Pronunciation and communicative practice will be the focus of this course. By the end of the course students will have started to tune in to the sounds of Chinese language and the tones, and have learned some basic phrases used in for social interaction.

Course Details:

  • Start date: Thursday 5 July
  • Duration: 5 weeks
  • Day(s) and Times(s): Every Thursday from 10am-12.30pm
  • Price: £85 (including material)

Course Content:

  • Pronouncing Chinese names
  • Understand cultural aspects and key vocabulary on Greetings
  • Daily useful expressions
  • Expressing gratitude or objections
  • Health Topics

Teaching Methods:

The course is lively and engaging with a combination of joint class activities and group work. Supplementary material is tailored by the teacher. Students will be taught in a small group with the emphasis on the skill of social communication in Chinese.

To book and pay online please use the University ePay system.  Alternatively download this Summer 2018 Chinese Language Course Form then complete and return it to the Confucius Institute for Scotland with a cheque for the correct amount made out to the University of Edinburgh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twice Weekly Chinese for Beginners

This course for complete beginners of Chinese, is an introduction to the Chinese pronunciation and writing systems. Basic listening and speaking skills are emphasized along with the study of pinyin, the official Romanisation system for Standard Chinese (普通话, Pŭtōnghuà, literally ‘common speech’) in mainland China. On completion of this 5-week intensive course (two 2-hour classes per week), students will be able to:

  • Have a basic knowledge of Chinese language;
  • Be able to use basic grammatical and sentence structures to introduce oneself and to engage in simple conversations;
  • Have basic knowledge of Chinese names, some traditional custom and family structures.

Course details:

  • Start date: Monday, 2 July
  • Duration: 5 weeks
  • Day(s) and Time(s): Every Monday and Thursday from 6pm-8pm
  • Price: £130 (materials not included)

Course Content:

  • Pinyin – the official Romanisation system for Standard Chinese in mainland China;
  • Vocabulary and expressions regarding speaking about one’s name, nationality, language skills and family;
  • Expressions regarding stating one’s wishes;
  • A brief introduction to Chinese writing system;
  • Numbers.

Teaching Methods:

The course is tutorial based with a combination of joint class activities 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 week on revision and homework.

Core Readings:

WU, Zhongwei. (2010) Contemporary Chinese for Beginners. Beijing: Sinolingua.

To book and pay online please use the University ePay system.  Alternatively download this Summer 2018 Chinese Language Course Form then complete and return it to the Confucius Institute for Scotland with a cheque for the correct amount made out to the University of Edinburgh.

Study Clinic

Students are invited to enrol for 5 study clinics. These are not formal classes. Attendees will be grouped based on abilities. Each group will be led by a senior teacher. As well as revision of previous learning via conversational practice, the clinics will allow for discussion on any areas of difficulty identified by the group members. There will also be the opportunity to seek support for any specific learning issues. Students who enrol for 5 sessions receive a discount.

Course Details:

  • Start date: Tuesday 3 July
  • Duration: 5 weeks
  • Day(s) and Time(s): Every Tuesday, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Price: £25 for 5 sessions or £7 per session minimum of 3 sessions

Course Content:

Revision and consolidation of previous learning. For students from Beginners to Advanced levels

Teaching Methods:

Tutor led in small interactive groups

To book and pay online please use the University ePay system.  Alternatively download this Summer 2018 Chinese Language Course Form then complete and return it to the Confucius Institute for Scotland with a cheque for the correct amount made out to the University of Edinburgh.

 

 

 

Chinese Language Summer School Week 2 – Beginners 2

This course is designed for those who have either completed the previous Summer School Chinese language Beginners 1 or have acquired a similar level of proficiency. Students will learn more measure words and attributive adjectives, both of which can enable students to compose longer sentences. With the learning of expressions regarding calendar and clock times, students will be able to state more details regarding everyday life in conversations. There will be ongoing work to encourage student to recognise and write Chinese characters. By the end of 25 hours of intensive learning over one week students should be able to:

  • Handle simple conversations in settings such as shopping, dining at restaurants, making appointments over the phone;
  • Talk about one’s abilities, hobbies and wishes;
  • State information regarding times and locations.

Course Details:

  • Start date: Monday, 9th July
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Day(s) and Times(s): Mon 9 – Fri 13 July 2018, 10am-4pm
  • Price: £187.50 (including material)

Course Content:

  • Asking for permission and expressing requests;
  • Shopping and ordering food;
  • Talk about one’s hobbies;
  • Phone conversations

Teaching Methods:

The course is tutorial-based with a combination of joint class activities and group work. Supplementary material is prepared by the teacher.

Core Reading:

Wu Zhongwei. Contemporary Chinese for Beginners. Beijing: Sinolingua, 2010. This book will be provided to registered students at the start of the course.  Please contact info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk if you already have a copy of this book.

To book and pay online please use the University ePay system.  Alternatively download this Summer 2018 Chinese Language Course Form then complete and return it to the Confucius Institute for Scotland with a cheque for the correct amount made out to the University of Edinburgh.

Book both weeks of Summer school Day Time class Beginners 1 and 2 for a discount price of £325 including learning materials.

History of Art Lecture

The Dragon-Boat Race Paintings of Song and Yuan Dynasties — Searching for The Dragon-Boat Race in The West Lake Attributed to Zhang Zeduan 宋元龙舟题材绘画研究—以寻找张择端《西湖争标图》卷为例

Time: Monday 28th May 2018, 15:00-17:00

Venue: Hunter Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF

This lecture aims to reconstruct the influence of Northern Song painter Zhang Zeduan, the artist of The Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival (清明上河图) and The Dragon-Boat Race in The West Lake (西湖争标图), to the Southern Song and Yuan court painters. The postscript by Zhang Zhun of the Yuan dynasty suggests that both hand scrolls attributed to Zhang Zeduan remain in the collection of the Yuan court before 1351. It is inferred in the thesis that the hand scroll of Dragon-Boat Race (龙舟夺标图) in the collection of the Palace Museum that is most likely created by Yuan court artist Wang Zhenpeng whose paradigm much influenced many works of the common theme during the Yuan dynasty, took after the climax of The Dragon-Boat Race in The West Lake of Zhang Zeduan. While The Dragon-Boat Race in The West Lake is now lost, the album of Dragon-Boat Regatta in Jinmingchi Lake (金明池争标图) in the collection of Tianjin Museum, possibly made by Liu Songnian of the Southern Song court, offers a scope to our study of the typical mode of dragon-boat race painting prior to the fourteenth century. Through a comparative analysis of such dragon-boat race paintings, this study traces the development of dragon-boat race as a painting genre, and in turn the reconstruction of the theme furthers our understanding of the socio-political context behind these festive races.

Speaker: Prof. Hui YU is a Senior Curator and Director, Research Institute, Palace Museum Beijing, Heinz-Götze-Visiting Professor of Chinese Art History, University of Heidelberg.

*The lecture will be given in Chinese with English-text supplement.

 

Chinese Character Introductory Course

This 5-week Chinese character introductory course is designed for beginners with an interest in visualizing and memorizing Chinese characters. The course is taught in English. By the end of the course students should be able to understand:

  • how Chinese characters have been evolved through the history
  • the structure of Chinese characters
  • principles of formation
  • radicals and rules of stroke order
  • at least 150 Chinese characters

Course details:

  • Start date: Wednesday, 4 July
  • Duration: 5 weeks
  • Day(s) and Time(s): Every Wednesday from 6pm-7:30pm
  • Price: £65

 Course Content:

  • The structure of Chinese characters
  • Character components and radicals
  • Rules of stroke order
  • Phonetic and semantic components of Chinese characters
  • How to use a Chinese dictionary
  • How to input Chinese characters by computer

Teaching Methods:

The course is tutorial-based with a combination of joint class activities 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 week on revision and homework.

Core Readings:

Course materials will be provided by the teacher at the classes.

To book and pay online please use the University ePay system.  Alternatively download this Summer 2018 Chinese Language Course Form then complete and return it to the Confucius Institute for Scotland with a cheque for the correct amount made out to the University of Edinburgh.