SCIBC joins Multi-Lingual Debate 2017

Scottish Confucius Institute for Business and Communication takes part in Heriot-Watt's Multi-Lingual Debate and invites school pupils to learn about Chinese culture.

Friday 24 March 2017

School pupils with calligraphy artist, Chi Zhang


On Wednesday 22 March 2017, Heriot-Watt University held its annual Multi-Lingual Debate, which showcases the skills of Interpreting and Translating students from the School of Social Sciences.  During the event, two multilingual teams argue for and against a motion of topic, delivering their views in their native languages.

Professor Xiuying Wen (Co-Director of Confucius Institute) took part in the Multi-Lingual Debate, arguing for the belief that robots will soon be a positive and defining feature of our daily lives.  Professor Wen delivered his views in Chinese and was interpreted by students into English, French, Spanish and German.

The audience is mainly made up of school pupils from Scottish and English secondary schools, and the event aims to spark their interest in learning languages and understanding different cultures. Government and local authority representatives also attend.  The audience participates by listening to the arguments, putting questions to the teams and electronically voting on the motion.

We invited school groups to visit the Confucius Institute during the lunch break to sample some Chinese cuisine and learn about Chinese culture.  We welcomed around 100 pupils from Charleston Academy, Gryffe High School, Larbert High School and North Berwick High School who had fun trying on tradition outfits and taking part in calligraphy and Chinese knotting.

See more photos from the school visits to the Confucius Institute on our Flickr album.