Confucius hosts top level meeting to set out this year's agenda



The Scottish Confucius Institute of Business and Communication has held a meeting to discuss activities for the year ahead - which is set to strengthen its already close ties with China.

In the fourth Annual Advisory Board meeting, academics and senior staff got together to discuss the successes of last year as well as talk about a programme of activity for the coming year.

Professor Richard Williams, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Heriot-Watt University joined senior staff in welcoming the new President of Tianjin University of Finance & Economics (TUFE) as well as Professor Jinlan LIU as co-chair of the advisory board.

The group also met with Ms Yingyi HUO, the Deputy Director of the Office of International Exchange & Co-operation at TUFE.

The Institute's aims within the context of the university's new Strategy 2025 were discussed, as well as the opportunity for a dedicated China sub-strategy.

Ian Baxter, Director of Scottish Confucius Institute for Business & Communication said: “We were pleased to welcome visitors from our Confucius Institute partner university this week to approve plans and discuss ideas on deepening co-operation between the University and colleagues Tianjin University of Finance and Economics. 

“We have had the opportunity to showcase over 100 different activities which the Institute organised or took part in during 2018 and considered how we deepen the impact of activities in the new strategic plan period.” 

Along with the senior staff from TUFE, a group of university musicians have been performing in Glasgow and Edinburgh for the 2019 Year of the Pig Celebrations.

And to round off the celebrations, a concert is taking place this evening in the Lecture Theatre of the Science Building in the Royal Botanical Gardens, from 7.30-9.30pm.