Next generation leaders inspired to engage with China



A new partnership strengthening ties between Heriot-Watt University and businesses in Asia has been agreed.

In a major milestone, the Scottish Confucius Institute for Business and Communication (SCIBC) at Heriot-Watt has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Asia Scotland Institute (ASI).

The arrangement sees the non-profit organisation formally partnering with the University to deliver a joint programme of insight events and discussions with global business experts, supporting the unique business focus of its Confucius Institute.

In a joint statement, the Co-Directors of SCIBC, Professor Ian Baxter from Heriot-Watt University and Professor Xiuying Wen from Tianjin University of Finance & Economics, said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with ASI as we support business communication and enterprise relationships by providing a unique platform for the exchange of ideas, experience and expertise.

“Our events and on- line learning initiatives aim to add value to existing business relationships whilst developing a deeper understanding of Chinese Culture. Our partnership will help promote a global outlook and foster mutual understanding between China and Scotland."

The ASI runs regular events with global leaders from across Asia, with the aim of stimulating curiosity and promoting the exchange of knowledge.

David Birrell, the Director of the ASI, commented: "We are extremely grateful to be working together with SCIBC who share the same passion in developing the leaders of tomorrow. 

“As we continue to work with our strategic partners in education and business , ASI over the past year in particular, is now playing a key role to improve student experience, supporting new curriculum developments and enhancing access to on-line Asia insight and training opportunities for the next generation of international talent.

"As part of this journey, we are now exploring new links with the University sector in China, and together with SCIBC, we aim to unlock new opportunities"