Our vision
  • “As well as increasing engagement between local and Chinese businesses, the Institute offers world-class learning and an extensive cultural programme.”

The vision

The Institute’s aims are many — from benefiting our students with world-class learning to establishing strong links between Chinese and Scottish businesses. But in everything we do, the overarching aim is to promote a global outlook and foster mutual understanding between both countries.

In the marketplace, our aim is to increase engagement between local and Chinese businesses. To do this, we will:

  • Work with Scottish firms looking to improve links
  • Work closely together to provide language and translation support and other cultural awareness training
  • Offer the use of interpreters in business situations
  • Create tailor-made business programmes and support activities
  • Signpost other assistance for businesses looking to trade with China

Within the University, our aim is to provide cross-institution support for Academic Departments and Directorates in their China relations, and to be a key part of the University's corporate International Strategy.

In the classroom, we already offer an undergraduate degree in International Business Management and Chinese Language, and an Edinburgh Business School MBA in Chinese. Other degree programmes in Chinese are also available. Heriot-Watt also leads the UK in interpreting and translating, thanks to some of the finest language labs in Europe. The Institute will now build upon this proud record of academic excellence, attracting more well-qualified students and forging dynamic new partnerships in business and culture.

An ambitious future

Heriot-Watt currently enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a research-led university. Confucius Institute activity will support public engagement activity related to research themes, undertake applied projects with specific subject/business areas, as well as organise an extensive cultural programme. This sees us working closely with cities across Scotland to promote Chinese arts and culture and support celebrations and events such as Chinese New Year, or business development such as the launch of the new direct air route between Edinburgh and Beijing.