Confucius Institute Scholarship Plans for Scotland’s Schools Given a Green Light from the Government

[Source] [Time]    2018-04-16 10:17:41 

Nicola Sturgeon (second from right in the front) learning about students’ study and lives in China

On the afternoon of April 8th in Beijing, Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, who was on a visit to China, met with Scottish high school students who are currently in the country to make official the Scottish government’s implementation of a 754,000£ grant to the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools (CISS), in order to provide a chance for Scottish students to live and study in China and improve their Chinese and broaden their horizon.

Nicola Sturgeon (left) taking photos with students

Sturgeon said that CISS has opened more Confucius Classrooms to help Scottish youngsters learn about Chinese culture, history and language. “I am glad to meet these Confucius Institute scholarship winners and learn about their experiences in China. And two students among them come from my alma mater.”

It was reported that students of grade six in the Scottish Confucius classroom hubs can apply for the Confucius Institute Scholarship for Scotland’s primary and secondary schools. Up to now, 70 students have been awarded this scholarship.

To date, 22 Confucius classroom hubs in total have been founded at secondary schools in Scotland. They are committed to coordinating with Scotland and China in organizing cultural exchange activities, sharing ideas and resources, and improving Chinese language and culture teaching.

CISS and the Educational Department of Tianjin have made plans to offer scholarships to sponsor Scottish students to study and live in China for one year. CISS hopes to expand this program in 2019.

Grace Patterson, now 21, winner of a Confucius Institute Scholarship, was a former student of Queen Anne High School at Dunfermline. Currently she is taking courses in Chinese and Business at Nankai University. “It has been three years since I came to Tianjin and started to study and live here. After one year’s study in China, I have come to realize that I need to learn more, so I opted to learn Chinese at Nankai University,” she said. She also mentioned that one benefit of being able to speak Chinese is to experience China better, to thoroughly understand the Chinese people and culture, and to see with her own eyes China’s achievements.

Student representatives reporting their study and life in China

This year so far, four Confucius classroom hubs have been inaugurated in Scottish Schools Football Association(SSFA), the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scottish Opera and Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (Edinburgh Zoo). The one located at Edinburgh Zoo is the first Confucius Classroom hub to focus on science teaching. The four centers will cooperate with primary schools and secondary schools to integrate Chinese language and culture into their curriculum.

(Story and Photos by Pan Xulin,, Beijing, April 9)