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China Competition Winners Visit Scotland 14 December 2011

To celebrate SQA’s successful longstanding relationship with our partners Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Education (CSCSE) and Beijing Yinhong International Education Consulting Co Ltd (BY), offering SQA HNDs in China, SQA worked with our partners in China to organise two competitions.

Inspiring Scotland and Contemporary China were launched in Beijing on 22 October 2010 by Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.

The winners of the competitions were announced at a prize giving ceremony in Beijing in July 2011.

It was SQA’s great pleasure to welcome the winners to Scotland recently. Xianglong Chen (21) and PinPin Lv (20) spent a week in Scotland soaking up Scottish culture and hospitality. Along with their parents they were VIP guests at the Scottish Parliament where Mike Russell MSP welcomed them to Scotland and presented them with scarfs made for a special tartan commission for the visit of the Chinese Vice Premier to Scotland.

Mike Russell MSP with Xianglong Chen and PinPin Lv

The final highlight of the week saw the competition winners attend the Star Awards Ceremony and were presented with trophies to mark their achievements by Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs.

SQA Star Awards, this year held at Anniesland college in Glasgow, recognise a variety of education and training success stories from across Scotland and the rest of the world.

Fiona Hyslop MSP with Xianglong Chen and PinPin Lv

Pin Pin Lv who has now returned to China to continue the second year of her HND said “With the HND I do a lot of project work. I carry out the research, reach my own conclusions and then present my ideas. I also take part in a lot of group work and need to be able to communicate my opinions.” Pinpin hopes to go straight into the final year of a Bachelors degree programme at a UK university after she has completed her HND course in China. Chen who is currently studying a Finance BA degree at Bradford University said “The HND is not just about learning knowledge from a teacher or books. I took part in projects, debates, real life case studies and role plays. It required different skills, such as research skills, presentation skills and the ability to work in groups to meet a deadline”. Chen’s father added, “We are very proud of our son. We can see how the HND gave him the drive to achieve his goals. Throughout the process we have seen him become more mature and confident both when working on his own and with others. We are sure he will go on now to achieve all his goals.”

Group in Scottish Parliament

Fiona Hyslop MSP on stage with Xianglong Chen and PinPin Lv

PinPin Lv on stage at Star Awards

On stage at Star Awards