For the third year running, the Confucius Institute for Scotland has received an award of excellence for its work.
Professor Gentz, Director of the Institute, received this third award at the 2009 Fourth Worldwide Conference of Confucius Institutes in Beijing, chaired by the State Councillor Chen Zhili and the Minister of Education Yuan Guiren.
This Award is given to 20 Institutes from the 282 Institutes worldwide in recognition of their outstanding performance. Among them only the Confucius Institute for Scotland has received the award three times in a row which marks it as the most successful Confucius Institute worldwide.
Among the various activities of the Institute to promote engagement between Scotland and China across education, business and culture in 2009, was the spectacular performance by the Beijing Film Academy during the Fringe Festival in the McEwan Hall, a programme of 60 days marking the 60th anniversary of the PRC comprising of lectures, dance performance, a student career networking day, as well as activities at Aberdeen and across Scotland. The Institute has also begun to deliver video conference teaching of Chinese language in collaboration with UHI.