East Asia

The East Asia team support the University’s strategic relationship across the region.

Key contacts

There are several key contacts who lead, direct or manage our strategic activities in East Asia.

About the regional team 

The East Asia Team work to identify research links, establish collaborations that support teaching and cultural exchange and recruit students from the region.

Our collaborations with East Asian partners are in subject areas as diverse as divinity, life sciences, medicine, arts, agriculture, engineering and computer sciences.


East Asia Regional Centre
The University of Edinburgh

Rm 1418, Tower 1, Landmark
Dongsanhua North Road, Chaoyang District.
Beijing, China. 100004


We seek out the best students from countries across East Asia recruitment staff. Esther Sum, Regional Manager, leads on student recruitment. Esther is based in Edinburgh.

Contact Esther Sum

Partnerships in China

The University of Edinburgh has relationships with more than 50 top Chinese universities. These include the universities of Peking, Tsinghua, Renmin, Fudan and Xiamen, and the Beijing Film Academy amongst others.

The East Asia team maintains these relationships and assists with local arrangements to facilitate research symposiums. These have included those held with the Chinese People’s Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Peking University Health Centre and Guangzhou Medical University.


Other activities organized by the East Asia team have included the University of Edinburgh Beijing Graduation Ceremony, various high-level Edinburgh alumni events and the reception to celebrate the Beijing Olympic Games at the British Embassy.

Research funding

Working closely with Chinese governmental organizations like the China Scholarship Council, the Ministry of Commerce, Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters, the China Academy of Sciences, and RCUK is a key role of the office.


The University has around 12,000 alumni based in the Asia and Pacific region. Find out more about the alumni network.

University Cultural Centres

The Confucius Institute for Scotland

This is based in the University of Edinburgh, is a national centre to promote educational, economic, and cultural ties between Scotland and China. Since it opened in 2007 it’s has received six awards of excellence from the Chinese Government for the quality of its work and the impact of its outreach programmes.

Asian Studies

Our Asian Studies department offers teaching of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Sanskrit. It is the only university in Scotland to deliver full undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in both Chinese and Japanese, and one of the few institutions in the UK to offer options in Korean and Sanskrit.

Asian Studies

China - a land of opportunities

Read the latest blog post by Professor James Smith, Vice-Principal International at the University of Edinburgh, on our delegation to China.

Read the blog - China - a land of opportunities