About the institute

The Institute

The Confucius Institute for Business and Communication opened at Heriot-Watt in June 2014. We’re one of over 350 Confucius Institutes around the world and the fifth in Scotland. However, we’re the only business-focused Confucius Institute in Scotland, one of five located in the UK.  

The Institute offers a wide range of services to promote educational, economic and cultural links between Scotland and China. Building on Heriot-Watt’s global reputation and well-developed Chinese strategy, we aim to:

  • Promote cross-cultural understanding
  • Forge exciting new partnerships
  • Support business engagement with China and Chinese culture
  • Develop focused activity streams with specific business sectors (e.g. tourism and heritage)
  • Attract more students to study in Scotland, and
  • Foster joint research and academic collaborations.

We can provide formal and informal Chinese language learning, advice on business etiquette and cultural awareness, making us a great resource for business. We can work with businesses to identify specific needs and provide tailored programmes, including workshops and consultancy services. Above all, the Institute promotes greater understanding between the two countries — underlining the importance that Heriot-Watt University places on global collaboration and learning.

Working together

Here at the Institute, we work closely with our partner in China — Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, and also with the many other collaborative links which the University has with the country. We also complement the work of the other Confucius Institutes in Scotland and help various partners with their Chinese strategies, such as offering Chinese students as language assistants in schools. We’re also helping the Scottish Government in its strategy to improve business and educational links with China and encourage Chinese investment in Scottish industry and infrastructure