The Confucius Institute at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, will offer support to primary and secondary schools across the country in teaching about China.
The institute will work with 10 existing Confucius classroom hubs, as well as an additional three centres that will be established in South Lanarkshire, Falkirk and Edinburgh.
Backed by the Hanban, the executive body of the Chinese Language Council, the new hub will be located at Scotland's National Centre for Languages, which is part of Strathclyde University's faculty of humanities and social sciences. Opening the institute, Michael Russell, the Education Secretary, said : "Locating the Confucius Institute for Scottish Schools within the National Centre for Languages signals the importance the Scottish Government attaches to Chinese becoming part of the suite of languages schools can offer."
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