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Scotland/China - links

As well as engaging in our own projects, one of our key aims is to promote other links between Scotland and China. There is a lot of existing activity, of course, much of it in support of The Scottish Government's 'China Plan', which remains a good single source of information on commercial, educational and scientific collaboration. However, we are keen to provide additional knowledge, and intend to build up a database with as much information as possible as a resource for charities and NGOs, individual donors, policymakers, business people, tourists, educators and students. This page lists national-level initiatives - there are many others at provincial, city and company level, too.

Click on the links in the small table below to take you to more detailed descriptions further down the page.

For older connections between Scotland and China, see our Scotland/China historical timeline.

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Scottish Government 'China Plan'

Scottish Government Chinese site

Scottish Parliament European & External Relations Committee

Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on China

Other UK government departments

Chinese Consulate

British Council

Confucius Institutes

Education Scotland (formerly Learning and Teaching Scotland) and 'Confucius Classrooms'

Scotland-China Education Network

Scottish Qualifications Authority

Universities in Scotland

College Development Network

Saltire Scholarships

Royal Society of Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Scottish Development International

UK Trade and Investment

China-Britain Business Council

Scottish Council Development & Industry

Asia Scotland Institute

VisitScotland

Creative Scotland

Scotland-China Association

The Scotland-China Dictionary

Chinese Scottish
tartan

Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre

Aberdeen Chinese Studies Group

Ricefield Arts and Cultural Centre

Young Icebreakers

Young Chinese Professionals Scotland

Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park


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Category

Organisation and website

Commentary

Government and
Parliament

Scottish Government Website

The China Plan - the Scottish Government published its new five-year China strategy on 4 December 2012 - see this news release, with the document itself viewable online or downloadable as a pdf here. This is mainly an incremental development of the earlier 2008 Plan, with updated targets in various policy areas.

This new Plan replaces that published in May 2008. Then, the devolved government of Scotland published its revised China Plan, with seven key objectives covering education, commercial and cultural sectors. This is viewable online here and downloadable as a pdf here. An analysis of the earlier Plan, and a comparison with the earlier 'China strategy' produced in 2006, by the Scottish Parliament's research team is available as a pdf here. A breakdown of Scottish activity by Chinese province used to be available on their website but this is no longer available. The earlier Plan has also been extensively scrutinised by the Scottish Parliament's European and External Relations Committee (see item below).

The First Minister, Alex Salmond MSP, has now visited China four times. He visited Shanghai and Beijing in April 2009 - for more details, see various reports on our news page here. Then in July 2010, he visited Shanghai (notably for the World Expo), Tianjin and Beijing - see more reports on our news page here. In December 2011, he visited Beijing, Shandong province, Shenzhen and Hong Kong - see our news page for more. A further trip took place in November 2013, see this news page on the Scotland China Association site. Various other Scottish Government ministers have also visited China in recent years.

Scottish Government
Website

Scottish Parliament -
European and External
Relations Committee
Website

Parliamentary scrutiny - During session 2008-09, the Parliament's European and External Relations Committee took oral and written evidence as part of its scrutiny of the Scottish Government's 2008 China Plan. Details of evidence sessions and submissions from a variety of Scottish organisations with interests in China can be found here and here. See also our news page for various reports between January 2009 and January 2010.

In March 2013, the Committee announced another inquiry into "the economic realities of international trade and inward investment", with particular reference to the 'China Plan'. They reported in June 2013, see their report here, associated news release here, and brief comment on the report on the SCA site here. See also the main committee page here.

Scottish Parliament -
Cross Party Group
on China

Cross Party Group - This Group was first established in the Scottish Parliament during its 2007-2011 session, and has recently been re-constituted in the new Parliament - basic details are here. It has developed into a very active network for discussion of Scotland/China links of all kinds, and its meetings are well-attended.

The Blackford Trust has been a regular attender at the Group for some years, and Graham Thompson made a presentation about the work of the Trust to its meeting on 20 January 2010.

Other UK government departments

Other UK departments - Of course, as Scotland is part of the UK, the work of other departments relate to its China relationship.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) handles overall UK-Chinese relations - its advice page for travellers is
here, and this page is its portal for the work of the UK Embassy and Consulates in China.

Meanwhile, the Department for International Development (DFID) is the part of the UK Government that manages Britain's aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty. Its China page is here.

Details of UK Trade and Investment are given below in the Commercial section of this list.

Chinese Consulate, Edinburgh
Website

Education and science

British Council
Website

Confucius Institutes

Chinese language and culture - there are now five Confucius Institutes in Scotland, part of a worldwide network of over 350 such centres.

The Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh was set up in 2007 with Sino-Scottish government backing, to promote the teaching of Chinese language and culture in Scotland, and to help develop effective Sino-Scottish business, cultural and academic links. It has a very active programme of language teaching, lectures, cultural activities and other events. Its website is
here. See also the original 2006 Scottish Government announcement.

A second Institute opened in October 2011, the Confucius Institute at the University of Glasgow - its website is
here. It is a partnership with Nankai University in Tianjin, supported by the Chinese Ministry of Education’s Office for Chinese Language (Hanban). It builds on long-standing research collaborations between the two universities and is strongly founded on research on China across the University of Glasgow in the social sciences, arts, and business, in particular through the activities of the Scottish Centre for Chinese Social Science Research.

The third is the Confucius Institute for Scotland's Schools (CISS), launched on 6 June 2012 at Strathclyde University. The Institute focuses on offering support to schools around Scotland in their teaching of Chinese language and culture. It works with the Confucius classroom hubs, with the intention of expanding the network in primary and secondary schools across the country.

This Institute takes forward some of the co-ordination role previously undertaken by the now defunct Learning & Teaching Scotland. It is based in the University-based SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages, part of the University of Strathclyde’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. More details can be found on this page. The CISS won a prestigious Hanban award in December 2014 - see this news story.

The Confucius Institute of the University of Aberdeen opened in September 2013. It aims to provide Chinese language teaching and culture classes and cultural events to the North East Scotland community, including University staff and students, schools, business and industry, and community organisations and individuals. It will act as a linguistic and cultural bridge, promoting knowledge exchange between China and the people of North East Scotland and serving as the first port of call for information on China. Its website is here.

The Scottish Confucius Institute for Business and Communication at Heriot-Watt University was announced on 5 November 2013, during First Minister Alex Salmond's fourth visit to China. It will focus on promoting Chinese language for business and Chinese business culture in Scotland.

Education Scotland (formerly Learning and Teaching Scotland) and 'Confucius Classrooms' Website

Confucius Classrooms - Education Scotland (formerly Learning and Teaching Scotland) provides advice, support, resources and staff development to the education community. ES operates within the terms of a co-operation agreement signed by The Scottish Government with the Chinese Ministry of Education in 2008 (see this news release and full text here), and leads on the Confucius Classrooms initiative - local hubs in 12 (soon to be 16) Scottish schools or colleges, to stimulate and support innovative teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture, together with an online service. These hubs are located at :

  • Hazlehead Academy, Aberdeen

  • St Ninian's High School, East Dunbartonshire

  • Our Lady's High School, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire

  • Perth High School, Perth and Kinross

  • Grange Academy, East, South and North Ayrshire

  • Hillhead High School, Glasgow

  • Bathgate Academy, West Lothian

  • Leith Academy, City of Edinburgh

  • Queen Anne High School, Fife

  • St Ninian's High School, East Renfrewshire

  • Bo'ness Academy, Falkirk

  • Hamilton Grammar School, South Lanarkshire

  • Stirling High School, Stirling (being established)

  • Lasswade High School, Midlothian (being established)

  • Kingussie High School, Highland (being established)

  • Sandwick Junior High School, Shetland (being established)

Scotland-China
Education Network
Website

Scottish Qualifications Authority
Website

Language qualifications - The SQA is involved in both the delivery of language qualifications in Mandarin and Cantonese for Scottish students (see here and here), and in the delivery of Scottish qualifications in China.

Access 3 qualifications in Mandarin and Cantonese have been available in Scotland since school session 2007-2008 ; Intermediate 1 and 2 qualifications in Mandarin and Cantonese since school sessions 2008-2009 ; and Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications since school session 2009-2010.

Universities in Scotland
Website

College Development Network
Website

Saltire Scholarships
Website

Royal Society of Edinburgh
Website

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Website

Botany and conservation - RBGE is a world-renowned scientific centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation. It has a longstanding commitment to botany and conservation in China, beginning with the work of George Forrest from 1904 onwards (see the relevant section on our timeline page). This includes the Jade Dragon Field Station and Lijiang Alpine Botanic Garden, a conservation project run between the RBGE, the Kunming Institute of Botany and Lijiang Alpine and Plant Research Institute of Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Science. There is a Chinese hillside at the Gardens in Edinburgh.

Commercial

Scottish Development International
Website

UK Trade and Investment Website

Trade and investment - Scottish companies can of course also access the resources of UK Trade and Investment. Their China page is here. Note that while some information and services is only available to registered UK companies, there is a lot of general background freely available.

China-Britain Business Council
Website

Scottish Council Development and Industry
Website

Asia Scotland Institute
Website

VisitScotland Website

Cultural and other

Creative Scotland
Website

Scotland-China Association Website

Friendship and understanding - The SCA is a non-profit organisation for people who have an interest in all aspects of Chinese life and civilisation. It was established in 1966. The SCA holds a wide range of cultural events in Glasgow and Edinburgh to foster friendship and understanding between the people of Scotland and China. Their links page lists a number of Chinese community organisations and other relevant groups in Scotland. The Blackford Trust is pleased to be a Corporate member of the SCA, and Graham Thompson has served on the SCA National Committee since 2009, and as their website editor since 2012.

The Scotland-China Dictionary, by Inbox Education
Website

Chinese Scottish tartan

Just the thing for a Burns Supper in China - in 2006, a special Chinese Scottish tartan was created - details from the official Tartan Register are here, with a BBC report here.

The Tartan Register explains that "the tartan incorporates the colours of the Scottish Saltire together with the red and yellow of the Chinese flag. These are interwoven with green bands to symbolise the great co-operation between Scottish and Chinese botanists in the Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh - home to the world's largest collection of Chinese plants outside China itself. The yellow crosses the red in five places which signifies the five stars of the Chinese Flag, the biggest and brightest being represented by the yellow cross in the middle of the red".

It is available in various forms from the Strathmore Woollen Company.

Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre
Website

Aberdeen Chinese Studies Group
Website

Ricefield Arts and Cultural Centre
Website

Young Icebreakers
Website

Connecting young business leaders - the 'Young Icebreakers' is a networking organisation, set up by the 48 Group, to help young business people in Scotland connect with their Chinese counterparts.

Young Chinese Professionals Scotland
Website

Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park

Zoo website
and Highland Wildlife Park website



This page was last updated on 8 December 2014.




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