Today’s launch of the Eric Liddell Saltire Scholarships gives us great cause for celebration here at the University of Edinburgh...
It has been announced that 80 scholarships will be awarded over the next four years under two new scholarship schemes devised to strengthen links between China and Scotland, in honour of one of Scotland’s greatest ever Olympians.
At a time when sporting achievements are at the forefront of the public consciousness, and as we look to the Commonwealth Games returning to Scotland next year, it seems a fitting time to honour our own Olympic hero by recognising Liddell’s lifelong links with China.
Eric Liddell, was born in China to Scottish missionary parents, but spent a large part of his childhood living with his family in Edinburgh. He studied at the University of Edinburgh for his BSc in Pure Science. During this time he played rugby for Scotland and trained to run at the Olympics. He is most widely known for breaking the existing Olympic and world 400m records in 1924, with a time of 47.6 seconds, a story which featured in the Oscar winning film Chariots of Fire. Following his university education at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and his Olympic triumph in Paris, he returned to China to serve as a missionary.
The Eric Liddell Saltire Scholarships will be available to Chinese students applying for a master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh and to undergraduate students on any degree at the University of Edinburgh looking to study for a year abroad in a Chinese institution. Jointly funded by the University and the Scottish Government, the first awards will be made to students applying for study commencing in the 2013-2014 academic session.
The scholarships represent a new and exciting chapter in the University’s long standing relationship with China. Over 150 years ago the University was the first in Europe to admit a Chinese student, Huang Kuan, who graduated as a Doctor of Medicine in 1855. More recently, in 2007, the University was selected as the host of Scotland’s Confucius Institute which promotes contemporary Chinese culture, history and language as well as forging commercial, educational and cultural links between Scotland and China. Edinburgh itself is home to a large and active Chinese community, and in the last 10 years the Chinese population in Scotland has grown by 50%.
Students interested in applying for one of the scholarships can find more information on the University’s Scholarships and Student Funding website:
www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/liddell - for Masters study at the University of Edinburgh
www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/liddell-ug - for study at a Chinese university.
Director, Scholarships and Student Funding
University of Edinburgh