Saltire scholarship celebrated

A new initiative will provide students in Scotland and China financial support to study abroad.

Scholarships will offer 80 students £5,000 to help with the cost of studying in China or Edinburgh for a year.

Building relations

Named after one of Scotland’s greatest ever Olympians, the Eric Liddell Saltire Scholarships aim to build on the existing economic and educational links between Scotland and China.

The scholarships will provide valuable help with the cost of studying in China or Edinburgh, giving students from both nations the chance to immerse themselves in another culture for a year.

The scheme is also supported by the Scottish Government.

The new scholarships demonstrate the University’s commitment to attract the very best students from China to study at master’s level and to provide our undergraduates with the opportunity to live and study in China. We are delighted to work with the Scottish Government in building closer links with China and look forward to meeting our first scholars later in the year.

Professor Sir Timothy O’SheaPrincipal of the University of Edinburgh

Olympic legacy

The new scholarships honour Eric Liddell, whose life story provides an example of the links between China and Scotland.

Born in China to Scottish missionary parents, he studied at the University of Edinburgh, completing a BSc in Pure Science.

Most widely known for breaking the Olympic and world 400m records in 1924, Liddell then returned to China to work as a missionary for 16 years.

Overseas opportunity

Twenty scholarships will be awarded each year for a period of four years.

The first awards will be made to students applying for study in 2013-2014.

Scholarships are open to citizens of the People's Republic of China studying for a one year Masters programme at the University of Edinburgh, and to students on any Undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh who wish to study for a year abroad in a Chinese institution.

The scholarships will be awarded on academic merit.

As the world’s fastest growing economy, China is a key market for many Scottish companies and our young people will benefit from the experience of studying in China. I believe these scholarships will help strengthen the relationship between the two countries while boosting the employability of students.

Michael RussellEducation Secretary

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