On 19 September 2016, the tenth anniversary of Confucius Institute for Scotland at Edinburgh University was celebrated with the CI Model Institute being unveiled by the university. The two events were attended by Mr. Ma Jianfei, Executive Deputy Director General of Confucius Institute Headquarters Hanban, Mr. Pan Xinchun, Chinese Consul General in Edinburgh, Mr. Wang Yongli, Minister Counsellor for Education from the Chinese Embassy in the UK, Mr. Zhou Yaming, Assistant President of Fudan University, Sir Timothy O'Shea, Principal & Vice Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, former British Governor in Hong Kong as well as representatives from the five Confucius Institutes in Scotland and overseas Chinese.
On behalf of the Chinese Consulate General in Edinburgh, Consul General Pan Xinchun warmly congratulated the University of Edinburgh on the tenth anniversary as well as becoming the Model Institute of Confucius Institutes. He said that, as the first Confucius institute in Scotland, the Confucius Institute for Scotland at Edinburgh University has made huge efforts and great achievements in promoting Chinese language and culture, enhancing mutual exchanges and co-operation over the past ten years. The Chinese Consulate General has been giving its full support to the development Confucius Institutes ever since, attending their events, witnessing their progress and growth, and seeing their success and achievements. He believes that the establishment of the CI Model Institute will help deepen friendship and co-operation between China and Scotland in future for the benefit of our peoples. He said that the Chinese Consulate General will work with the Confucius Institute in its future endeavors to make it continued success and a bright spot in co-operations between the two sides.
Executive Deputy Director General Ma Jianfei, Principal & Vice Chancellor Sir Timothy O'Shea, Lord Wilson of Tillyorn gave speeches respectively. They highly spoke of outcomes from exchanges and co-operation in fields of education and culture between China and Scotland, confident that these exchanges will contribute to the development of Sino-Scottish friendship and co-operation.