Award for Confucius Institute

The University has been recognised for encouraging understanding of China.

For the sixth year running, the University’s Confucius Institute has been awarded the title of Confucius Institute of the Year.

The award, made at a ceremony in Beijing, recognises the work carried out by the Institute to act as a bridge between Scotland and China, aiding understanding and facilitating engagement.

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. 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.

Professor Natascha GentzDirector, Confucius Institute for Scotland

Reaching out

The award caps a busy 2012 for the Confucius Institute.

In addition to expanding its programme of Chinese language teaching, in 2012 the Institute also organised the European Conference of Confucius Institutes and Classrooms.

It also tripled the number of exam candidates sitting the HSK - a globally recognised Chinese language proficiency test - and organised a number of successful outreach events, including a business lecture series.

In 2013, the Institute will continue with its business lecture series and is also planning other outreach projects.

Leading activities

The Confucius Institute for Scotland at the University of Edinburgh was established in 2005 as a partnership between the University and Fudan University in Shanghai.

It offers an extensive programme of Chinese language training and works with stakeholders to develop greater awareness of China in Scotland.

The University of Edinburgh has relationships with more than 50 top Chinese institutions.

It also established a China Office in 2005 to support its strategic relationship with China.

It has long-term partnerships with staff and students at Peking University, where a joint Masters in Law programme sits alongside joint research projects on history, medicine, politics and philosophical studies.