Gold Medal Award / Outstanding Contribution Award

At the sixth global Confucius Institute conference in Beijing, following on from four consecutive annual awards of the title `Confucius Institute of the Year`, a special Gold Medal award was given to the University of Edinburgh’s Principal, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea. The award for ‘Confucius Institute Outstanding Contribution’ was received by the Institute’s Director, Professor Natascha Gentz at a special ceremony held in the National Centre for the Performing Arts.


The photograph above shows Professor Gentz along with other recipients of awards for outstanding contributions, individual performance excellence and Institute and Classroom of the Year. View Larger version of image

The award to the Principal recognises his contribution in establishing the Confucius Institute for Scotland. His commitment to Sino-Scottish relations is demonstrated not only by the ongoing support for the wide array of cultural, educational and business events organised by the Confucius Institute for Scotland but also by his active participation as a Council Member of CI Headquarters where he has served for two terms, a total of four years.

Prof Natascha Gentz who received the Gold Medal and Certificate of Honour on behalf of the Principal said:

“The Institute has had a significant impact on Scotland’s strategy of engagement with China, as well as the Headquarter Council’s plans for the future development of Confucius Institutes worldwide. We`re most delighted to receive this award as another recognition of the University`s strong commitment to strengthen links with China.”

Overview of the Institute’s work

A report is available, in Chinese or English, which gives a brief overview of the Institute`s work over the five year period 2007-2011.


Please download a PDF copy of the report:
Confucius Institute For Scotland 2007-2011 [Chinese Version]
Confucius Institute For Scotland 2007-2011 [English Version]

You can also view these documents online:
Confucius Institute For Scotland 2007-2011 [Online Chinese Version]
Confucius Institute For Scotland 2007-2011 [Online English Version]

Related information

Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea’s profile page
Professor Natascha Gentz’s profile page