On 9th June 2019, SWIRE Chinese Language Day Reception was held at National Museum of Scotland and Chinese Consul General Pan Xinchun, Lord Provost Frank Ross, Mr Sam Swire, Chairman of SWIRE Chinese Language Foundation and Mr Melvyn Roffe, Principal of George Watson's College attended and made remarks.
Consul General Pan spoke highly of the effort made by SWIRE Chinese Language Foundation and Center to promote Chinese language learning across the UK and in particular a growing number of students in Scotland share strong interest in and passion for the Chinese language and culture. He said that the China-UK "Golden Era" ties have laid a solid foundation for exchanges and cooperation between China and Soctland in all fields. The world is going through a new round of major development, transformation and adjustment as uncertainties and instabilities still abound. China will work together with the rest of the world to create a community of shared future for mankind in adherence to peace, development and win-win cooperation, facilitating a sound and steady China-UK relations.
Lord Provost paid tribute to the generous support of the SWIRE Chinese Language Foundation in Edinburgh Mandarin Chinese education, saying that the promotion injects new impetus into the relationship between Edinburgh and China. He then recalled the progress made in cooperation across fields between the two sides in the first half of this year. Mr Swire said that the Chinese language education nurtures China-UK friendship as well as serves as a bridge for bilateral win-win cooperation. The Foundation will build upon success to encourage more people to learn the Chinese language and understand China.
George Watson's College is part of the SWIRE Chinese Language Centre Edinburgh, a collaborative venture between three schools in the South of Edinburgh. Over the past years, learning the Chinese language has become increasingly popular in Scotland, demonstrating the vigour of China-Scotland cultural and people-to-people exchanges. Students from the college introduced guests to their work on Stewart Lockhart Collection, showcasing their rewarding experiences in learning the Chinese language and culture.