East Asia

University contacts who work across East Asia.

Grace Guan

Grace Guan

Regional Director
East Asia

Based in China, Grace is responsible for raising the profile and advancing engagement of the University across East Asia. She leads the team to develop diverse opportunities in alumni engagement, partnerships and student recruitment.

Natascha Gentz

Natascha Gentz

Assistant Principal

Based in Edinburgh, Natascha develops and facilitates the establishment of strategic partnerships. She supports staff and students to foster engagement with China and works with external stakeholders across Scotland and China in education, business and culture.

Zhao Wu

Zhao Wu

Executive Assistant
East Asia

Based in China, Zhao provides day-to-day operational and administrative support to Regional Director and the East Asia team.

Student recruitment

Esther Sum

Esther Sum

International Recruitment Manager
East Asia

Based in the International Recruitment Team (in Student Recruitment and Admissions), Esther is the lead recruitment contact for East Asia.

About us

We identify research links, explores partnership opportunities, and establishes collaborations that support research and cultural exchange, and recruits students from the region. Our partners are in subject areas as diverse as divinity, life sciences, medicine, arts, agriculture, engineering, and computer sciences.

Events and activities organised by us include 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.

Regional brief

Learn more about our East Asian community, connections and partnerships by reading our regional brief (PDF).

Connections with China

The University has a strong and historical connection with China which it hopes to continue to grow and strengthen. Learn more about our shared past and current connections in our brochure.

Undergraduate entry requirements

Visit our undergraduate entry requirements page to translates UK requirements into local qualifications.

Postgraduate entry requirements

Visit our postgraduate entry requirements page to translates UK requirements into local qualifications.


We regularly meet with prospective students and partners in East Asia. Find out more about our latest events.


The University of Edinburgh has relationships with more than 60 top universities in the region. These include Peking University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Zhejiang University, Donghua University, Nagoya University, University of Hong Kong, Korea University, amongst others.

We maintain these relationships and assists with local arrangements to facilitate research symposia.


Key partners

Zhejiang University-University of Edinburgh Institute (ZJE)

The Zhejiang University-University of Edinburgh Institute (ZJU-UoE Institute) is a collaboration in the field of Biomedical Sciences. A joint international research institute at the International Campus of Zhejiang University in Haining, Zhejiang was launched in 2015. ZJE builds on the strengths of both institutions to collaborate across teaching and research. The Institute provides educational programmes that promote academic excellence, leadership, innovative and global vision.

University of Edinburgh - RENKEI, Japan

RENKEI is a partnership between 12 universities in Japan and the UK, aiming to further knowledge exchange and research collaboration between institutions and individuals. This group of leading research-intensive universities in the two countries is also developing collaborations with industry, governments, and civil society to address global research challenges. The University of Edinburgh is the only Scottish member of this partnership.


The University has around 12,000 alumni based in the East Asia region, with active alumni clubs across the region.

Cultural Centres

The Confucius Institute for Scotland is based in the University of Edinburgh. It is a national centre to promote educational, economic, and cultural ties between Scotland and China. Since it opened in 2007 it has received ten 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 language learning in 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.