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Confucius Institute for Business London (CIBL)
Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE

Office Address: 3.01, Floor 3, Tower 3, LSE

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6253
Fax: +44 (0)20 7955 6154
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About CIBL

The Confucius Institute for Business London (CIBL) aims to help London business communities to learn the Chinese language and foster greater understanding of the business culture in China. Its primary focus at LSE is on business language teaching; and the CIBL also hosts a number of events to promote wider Chinese culture - most of which are open to the general public.

There are over 500 Confucius Institutes worldwide including 29 in the United Kingdom. They are always attached to institutions of higher education, which in the UK include - as well as LSE - the Institute of Education and the universities of Cardiff,  Ulster, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton, London South Bank, Goldsmiths and SOAS amongst others.

Each Confucius Institute has a Chinese partner university, and through its relationship with the CIBL LSE operates in collaboration with Tsinghua University, Beijing. In the best traditions of academic exchange LSE and Tsinghua have built a relationship that is open and transparent to enable valuable discussion and inquiry on a range of issues facing China today. 

CIBL is also supported by Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters). CIBL also produces an Annual Brochure and a Training Brochure to illustrate its activities and achievements. 


Dr Mclean SFHEA, Neil - UK Director

Dr McLean is based at the London School of Economics and Political Science where he is Director or the Academic & Professional Development division, the university’s central division for educational and academic enhancement. APD’s constituent units are the Teaching and Learning Centre, the Language Centre, LSE LIFE academic personal and professional development centre for taught students and LSE100, a compulsory course for all undergraduates on social scientific research and thought

Dr McLean contributes to doctoral and post-doctoral developmental schemes for the EUI in Florence as a founding member of the FIESOLE group. This is a Europe–wide grouping of language and educational professionals who work in and research academic development and mobility.  He also contributed to the EUI’s 2013 review of its doctoral programmes..

The UoL International Programme is a large exam board with over 20,000 students and a network of partner institutions.  Dr McLean has worked on enhancement and development projects with institutions in the Caribbean, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka and Russia, as well as with academics in the UK who design and remotely deliver course teaching and write the University of London exams.  He is also co-author of the Programme’s ‘Handbook for Lecturers’ (2005) and ‘Strategies for Success’ study skills handbook (2006).


CHENG Weimin, China Director of LSE CIBL

Associate Professor in Chinese at Tsinghua University (Beijing).  She obtained her academic training in the field of Chinese Language and Linguistics from Beijing Normal University.  Prior to joining us at CIBL, Prof. CHENG lectures in the field of Chinese Language for Non-Chinese speakers at Tsinghua since 1997. She also taught at various higher education institutions in Japan and U.S. Being a language specialist, her research interests cover Pedagogical Grammar(Mandarin), Chinese Character Teaching and the History of Mandarin as Foreign Language.


Professor Deng, Kent - Associate UK Director

Professor Deng is Reader in Economic History, Director of China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN) and Co-Director of the Confucius Institute for Business London (CIBL) at LSE; and is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) and Secretary of the 'History and Economic Development Group', UK.

His taught courses at LSE include 'Comparative Economic Development: Late Industrialisation in Russia, India and Japan', 'China's Economy and its Growth in the Long-Term', 'Economic Development in East and Southeast Asia since the 17th Century', 'Shipping and Sea Power in Asian Waters and beyond, c. 1600-1900', 'Markets and States in Developing Economies since c. 1880' and 'Pre-modern Paths of Growth: East and West Compared, 1000-1800'.

His research interests are the rise of the literati in the economic life of pre-modern China; the maritime economic history of pre-modern China; and the economic role of the Chinese peasantry. He has published widely and is the author of a number of books. His new book entitled China's states and state-building, 1800 to 2000, has just been published.


Dr Lu, Hong, OBE - Deputy Director

Dr Hong Lu has a PhD in ICT support teaching and training and has been a higher education language instructor & teacher trainer since 1988, both in the UK and China. She specialises in executive education relating to cross-cultural studies and cultural awareness training. As a teacher trainer, education consultant and course developer & designer, her work spans Chinese and British universities. She has presented her research papers at international TESOL conferences across China, as well as in New York, Vancouver and London. She is responsible for 26 projects annually and plays a leading role in managing executive education at CIBL.


Teachers and Interns


(In company name alphabetical order)

  • British Petroleum Plc - Dr Thomas Wales, Group Political Adviser
  • Chinese Embassy in the UK - Mr Yongli Wang, Minister Counsellor for Education
  • Deloitte LLP - Mr Angus Knowles-Cutler, Vice Chairman and London Senior Partner
  • HanBan (Confucius Institute Headquarters) - Mr Jianfei Ma, Deputy Director-General of Hanban
  • HSBC - Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, Group Head of Government Affairs, HSBC, UK Chairman of CIBL Advisory Council
  • John Swire and Sons Ltd - Mr Philippe De Gentile-Williams, Staff Director
  • LSE - Prof. Paul Kelly, Pro-director of LSE, Teaching and Learning
  • Standard Chartered Bank - Mr Vasuki Shastry, Global Head, Public Affairs and Sustainability
  • Tsinghua University - Prof. Weihe Xie, Vice President of Tsinghua University, Chairman of CIBL Advisory Council
  • Professor Paul Kelly - Pro-director of LSE (Teaching and Learning)
  • Professor Danny Quah - Professor of Economics and International Development
  • Professor Richard Macve - Professor of Accountancy, LSE
  • Mr Robin Hoggard - Director of External Relations, LSE
  • Mr Mark Maloney - Head of Academic Partnerships, LSE
  • Dr. Fei Qin - Lecturer of Department of Management, LSE 
Photograph of the CIBL opening in 2006
Photograph of a public lecture organised by CIBL
Photograph of traditional Chinese lion dancing on Houghton Street