On 3rd November, the sixth Scotland China Education Network (SCEN) China Youth Summit was held successfully at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, attended by Mr. Pan Xinchun, Consul General of China in Edinburgh, Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, President of SCEN and delegates from all walks of life including representatives from the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, universities as well as students from over 30 Scottish schools, HKSEC & HKSSIP Hong Kong partner Schools, Scottish Confucius Institutes and Classroom Hubs.
Consul General Pan said SCEN has been growing rapidly since its establishment 11 years ago. By organizing colorful activities, it has made positive contributions to promoting Chinese language and culture, enhancing education exchanges between China and Scotland, as well as fostering exchanges and friendship among young generations. In recent years, interest in learning mandarin has been growing in Scotland with mandarin being taught in universities and schools and mandarin speech contests and other cultural activities taking place across Scotland. Scotland enjoys the highest coverage rate of Confucius Institute in the world. Mr. Pan indicated that the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China lays out a grand blueprint for China's future development, providing new vigour and opportunities for Sino-UK relationship. He hoped the students will seize the opportunity, excel in study and be an envoy to enhance friendship between China and the UK.
Lord Wilson extended his warmest welcome to all the delegations, saying mandarin is one of the most interesting and fascinating languages in the world. He encouraged the students to work hard and overcome difficulties, be confident and enjoy the learning of mandarin.
Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, principal of the Glasgow University as well as representatives of the Scottish government and Glasgow City Council also emphasized the significance in learning Chinese language and culture from different perspectives. Representatives from the schools spoke one after another during the summit, sharing with the audiences their gains and pleasure of learning mandarin as well as unforgettable experiences during their visit to China, arousing students' strong interests in improving their mandarin.