Confucius Classroom Shortlist

Friday 22nd December 2017

This November, the Midlothian Confucius Classroom at Lasswade was selected for Confucius Classroom of the year 2017 by Hanban, the Chinese organisation which oversees the work of Confucius Institutes around the world. Midlothian was the only Scottish application selected.

The 12th Confucius Institute Conference was held on December 11th-13th in Xi’an, China. University presidents as well as representatives of Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) from over 140 countries, envoys from foreign embassies in China, delegates from international institutes of language and culture promotion, Nearly 2,500 delegates, including university presidents and representatives of Confucius Institutes attended the conference.

Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of the State Council and Chair of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters,(who had received an honorary degree from Edinburgh University the previous week) attended and addressed the conference. The conference theme was – “Building a community with a shared future for mankind through cooperation and innovation.”

During the conference, there were exhibitions such as the Theme Exhibition on Chinese Food Culture, a Brief Introduction to Higher Education in Shaanxi and the Calligraphy Creative Product of the Chinese Calligraphy Institute.

While Midlothian was not selected one of the 4 classrooms, worldwide, to be awarded, to be nominated was still a great achievement particularly since we have only been a Confucious Classroom since 2015. Mr Mitchell attended the conference and was highly commended on the partnerships developed with outside organisations. This recognises the work done by staff, students and parents since our partnerships with China started in 2004.

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