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Prof Ian Gow OBE joins International Advisory Council

Prof Ian Gow OBEAsia Scotland Institute is delighted to welcome on board Prof Ian Gow OBE, the latest distinguished member of our International Advisory Council.  Prof Gow is Director of the Confucius Institute, University of Glasgow. An Emeritus Professor of East Asian Studies, he is also an internationally recognised Japan specialist and was Scotland’s first…

Asia House Denmark

Roddy and Carsten at Asia House, CopenhagenAsia Scotland Institute has signed an agreement with Asia House in Denmark – the first of what we hope will be a string of strategic partnerships with like-minded organisations across Europe. The new initiative with our friends in Copenhagen allows us to share ideas, cross-promote events and work together…

Small country, big tribe

Shereen Nanjiani and Sir Brian Souter (photo: Iain Robinson)Scotland may be a small country – but worldwide the Scots are a huge and innovative tribe. That was the message that came through loud and clear at our inaugural Building Bridges conference in Edinburgh.  Off the back of it, we have already started talking with our…

Richard Branson message

Sir Richard Branson took time out from his busy schedule to send a personal message of support ahead of our inaugural Building Bridges conference in Edinburgh.  The Virgin Group boss said, “I’d like to send you my very best wishes for a very successful Building Bridges event which is focusing on an aspect that is…

Nicola Sturgeon message

Scotland’s First Minster Nicola Sturgeon sent a personal video message of support ahead of our inaugural Building Bridges conference in Edinburgh.  The conference – which ran from 17 till 18 March – found new ways for Scotland to connect with the 50 million or so people around the world linked to us by heritage or…

Gordon Dewar joins ASI

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh AirportAsia Scotland Institute is delighted to welcome on board Gordon Dewar, the latest distinguished member of our International Advisory Council. Gordon is the Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, a post he took up in 2012.  Under his stewardship, Edinburgh Airport has consolidated itself as one of Europe’s leading airports. It has…

Asia Business Etiquette

Doing business in ChinaI often find client’s eyes glazing over when I talk about business etiquette, and their eyes close completely when I go on to business etiquette in Asia. It sounds so boring, doesn’t it? “Etiquette” suggests the position of knives and forks on the table, protocols for meeting royalty, exchanging toasts at a…

Testplant MBA Scholarship

University of Edinburgh Business SchoolChinese students are being invited to apply for a £10,000 bursary towards MBA tuition fees at the University of Edinburgh Business School. The MBA scholarship, donated by the international software business TestPlant, also includes a paid internship in the summer of 2016. To be eligible, candidates must be from China and must…

Lighting candles in India

All smiles: children at the home and school in TuniScottish Love in Action (SLA) has released a wonderful, uplifting short film about its work caring for and supporting vulnerable children in India. “Lighting Candles in India” was produced by award-winning film-makers Department of Expansion and shot at the Light of Love Children’s Home and School…