First Minister unveils a bright future

The official opening of the Confucius Institute for Scotland by Alex Salmond, Scotland`s First Minister saw invited guests and members of the press attend an unveiling ceremony at Abden House.

The official opening of the Confucius Institute for Scotland by Alex Salmond, Scotland`s First Minister saw invited guests and members of the press attend an unveiling ceremony at Abden House.

On arrival the First Minister was `introduced` to Confucius, a beautiful bronze bust, gifted to the Institute by Hanban, sponsors of the Confucius Institute. Principal Timothy O`Shea welcomed the First Minister and Minister Counsellor Wang from the Chinese Embassy to the Institute along with other special guests including senior representation from Fudan University, the Chinese Consul General and a 12-strong delegation from Zhuhai Province.

Having formally opened the Institute and launched China Now in Scotland, the First Minister then unveiled a 2 metre high statue of Huang Kuan, the first Chinese graduate of any European university, who achieved his doctorate in medicine at the University of Edinburgh, 150 years ago.
This statue was donated by the city of Zhuhai Province in Guangdong province from where Huang Kuan originated.

With the official proceedings at an end, the First Minister led the way in signing a commemorative scroll under the tutorship of Mme Szeto, calligraphy teacher at the Institute.

Many thanks go to all staff, students, volunteers and guests whose support and presence ensured the launch activities were successful.