A Scotland-wide centre for the promotion of Chinese language and culture is to be based at the University of Strathclyde, Education Secretary Michael Russell announced on 6 June.
The new Confucius Institute will focus on offering support to schools around Scotland in their teaching of Chinese language and culture. It will initially work with 10 existing 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 will be 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.
This is the third Confucius Institute in Scotland, following the ones established in the University of Edinburgh in 2007 and in the University of Glasgow in 2011.