Westminster’s feud with China will deeply damage over a century of Sino-Scottish educational relations
Responding to the confirmation from Minister of State for Security Tom Tugendhat MP that Confucius Institutes in the UK are to close Neale Hanvey MP, ALBA Westminster Leader said:
“Scotland’s educational links with China have long presented opportunities to increase trade and secure Chinese investment in industry and infrastructure.
“The Confucius programme helps promote Scotland’s innovative and creative sector through cultural exchanges and sporting links with China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. These links also promote Scotland as a destination of choice for Chinese tourists - something which pre pandemic delivered 172,000 visits to Scotland from China bringing £142M into the Scottish economy.
“While the Confucius scheme invests £3M in Scotland to foster these bonds between our two countries, this modest investment has generated a fee income of £790 million for our world class Scottish Universities.
“Westminster’s unilateral decision to block this programme takes no account of Scotland and China’s cultural links and will have a devastating impact on the entire Scottish Higher Education system.
“Westminster’s feud with China undermines and will deeply damage over a century of Sino-Scottish educational relations”