Director General Xu Lin meets with First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and attends “Chinese Bridge” Summer Camp for U.K. Secondary School Students (Scotland)

[Source]    Hanban [Time]    2015-08-03 14:38:13 
 

On July 26th, Mdm. Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, met with First Minister of Scotland Ms. Nicola Sturgeon, and jointly attended the “Chinese Bridge” Summer Camp for U.K. Secondary School Students (Scotland) together with 102 teachers and students in a joyous atmosphere. Other guests included Ma Jianfei, Deputy Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Deputy Director General of Hanban; Wang Jing, Director of Tianjin Municipal Education Commission; and Martyn Roper, British Ambassador to China.

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While addressing the event, Mdm. Xu Lin observed that currently China and U.K. have witnessed vigorous momentum in the development of friendly ties between the two countries. She hoped that the students would work hard on learning Chinese to become contributors to friendly exchanges with profound knowledge of China and its language. She also said that Confucius Institute Headquarters would continue to offer strong support for Chinese language teaching in Scotland.

Also speaking at the event, Ms. Nicola Sturgeon thanked Mdm. Xu Lin for her concern and support for Chinese language teaching in Scotland and extended her gratitude to Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) for supporting this summer camp. She said she was very pleased to know that Scottish students could learn Chinese language and know more about Chinese culture in this summer camp. She also expressed Scottish Government’s willingness to expand its cooperation with Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) so as to achieve more sustainable development of Chinese language teaching in Scotland.

Since the first “Chinese Bridge” Summer Camp for U.K. Secondary School Students was launched in 2007, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) has invited around 4,000 teachers and students from the U.K., including those from Scotland, to visit China.

Currently, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) has established in the UK 27 Confucius Institutes, and 113 Confucius Classrooms at primary and secondary schools, among which 5 Confucius Institutes and 16 Confucius Classrooms were set up in Scotland.

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Scottish teachers and students singing Auld Lang Syne at the event

 
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