The CI for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh received its sixth consecutive award from Hanban when the title of `Confucius Institute of the Year` was awarded in Beijing at the opening ceremony of the seventh Global Conference on 16th December 2012.
In addition to its expanding programme of Chinese language and cultural outreach in 2012 the Institute organised the European Conference of Confucius Institutes and Classrooms, tripled the number of exam candidates sitting the HSK (the globally recognised Chinese language proficiency test) and organised a number of successful outreach events including its business lecture series which included speakers such as Jim O`Neill and Jim McColl.
In 2013 the Institute, which has renewed its agreement with Hanban, sponsor of the global network of CI for a further five years, plans to continue with its business lecture series and has a number of other outreach projects in the planning stage.
Professor Natascha Gentz, Director of the Institute said:
`This is the sixth award the Institute has received from Hanban for its continuous excellent performance. From the outset we set our sights high aiming to provide a platform for engagement with China at all levels helping to ensure that Scotland becomes a key partner for China in education, business and culture. We could not have become one of the leading Institutes in the world without tremendous support from Hanban, from our partner Fudan University, from our many partners in educational, business and cultural circles and of course from the University of Edinburgh. Partnership has proven to be a key to our success and we are delighted that our joint efforts have been recognised again through this award`