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Edinburgh celebrates Peking link

Around 200 staff and students were involved in celebrating ‘Peking University at Edinburgh University Day’.

A delegation of ten senior delegates of Peking University, led by its Executive Vice President Liu Wei, was hosted by Edinburgh Principal Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea.

A full day of activities were held to celebrate the partnership between the two Universities.

The highlight was the signing of a Memorandum, which will lead to the creation of a world-leading centre in China Studies in Edinburgh. A similar centre on the Study of the UK will be set up in Beijing.

The event was held to reciprocate the "University of Edinburgh at Peking University Day", generously hosted by Peking University in 2007.

This is a very exciting partnership with one of the region’s most respected universities. We look forward to training a new generation of China experts in Scotland; people who can help address the opportunities and challenges facing a country with a huge economic, geo-political and cultural role in the world.

Professor Sir Timothy O’SheaPrincipal of the University of Edinburgh

Centres of excellence

The new Edinburgh research centre will provide expertise in modern language training and will work closely with the Confucius Institute for Scotland, which is based at the University.

Established in 2006, the Institute promotes educational, economic and cultural ties between Scotland and China.

Edinburgh has also been selected as one of 10 European universities that will pilot a joint PhD scholarship programme with selected Chinese universities.

The establishment of the National Joint Research Centres in Edinburgh and Peking will now take the relationship between both universities to a new level. This joint collaboration has the potential to create a pool of world class, game-changing expertise in academia and research in China Studies (at Edinburgh University) and UK studies (at Peking University) that will benefit students, staff and the wider communities within Scotland and China.

Fiona Hyslop MSPScottish Government Minister for Culture and External Affairs