The Scottish Confucius Institute for Business & Communication (SCIBC) at Heriot-Watt University was established in 2014 and is one of five business-focused Confucius Institutes in the UK, and part of a wider European and global network of more than five hundred Confucius Institutes. The Confucius Institute Global Headquarters is designated as a non-profit public institution aligned with the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban, part of the Chinese Ministry of Education). During the summer of 2020, Hanban is reconstituting as a non-governmental foundation, supporting the development of Chinese language teaching and promotion of cultural links between China and the rest of the world.

The SCIBC is a dedicated unit within Heriot-Watt University, operating with a pan-institutional remit. It was established in partnership with Tianjin University of Finance & Economics (TUFE), is jointly supported by both Universities, and receives an annual grant for activities from Hanban. As a part of Heriot-Watt University, the SCIBC operates in the same way as any other University operational unit or academic department, upholding fully the mission and values of the University, and supporting global engagement activities which form part of the the University’s strategic plan.

It operates transparently in accordance with University governance and financial regulations, and its annual operating plan and forward strategy are overseen by an Advisory Board chaired by the two University Principals.

The implementation agreement for the Scottish Confucius Institute for Business & Communication can be accessed below.