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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 400 Confucius Institutes worldwide including 25 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. 

Mr Byrne, Nick - UK Director

Nick is based at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he has been Director of the Language Centre since 1999.

A member of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow; he is also on the Executive Boards of the following language associations - AULC, SCHML  and UCML; and is Deputy Secretary of CERCLES - the European Confederation of Language Centres.

His publications have appeared in the THES, Linguist, CILT Higher and he has given papers at a range of language conferences. He is currently leading a three-year project for the DfES on language learning, testing and employability.


Professor Luo, Li Sheng- China Director

Mr Lisheng LUO graduated from Tsinghua University and then studied in Victoria University, New Zealand for two years. As his academic background is the applied linguistics, he has been teaching English in Tsinghua since then, published more than thirty academic papers in journals such as Foreign Languages and Teaching, Foreign Language Education in China and has received five awards at both national level and municipal level. He served as the vice dean of School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the dean of Foreign Languages Department for ten years, and in 2008 he was appointed as a director of the International Office, Tsinghua University. Now he is China director of Confucius Institute for Business London.


Dr Deng, Kent - Associate UK Director

Dr 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 - Coordinator

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.


(in company name alphabetical order)

  • British Petroleum Plc - Mr John Hughes, Group Political Advisor
  • Chinese Embassy in the UK - Mr Yang Shen, Minister Counsellor for Education
  • Deloitte LLP - Mr Ralph Adams, Chairman of Chinese Service Group
  • HanBan (Confucius Institute Headquarters) - Madam Lin Xu, Director of HanBan
  • HSBC - Mr Charles Haswell, Group Head of Government Affairs, HSBC, UK Chairman of CIBL Advisory Council
  • John Swire and Sons Ltd - Baroness Lydia Dunn, Executive Director
  • LSE - Prof. Paul Kelly, Pro-director of LSE, Teaching and Learning
  • Standard Chartered Bank - Dr Thomas Wales, Vice Chairman of Capital Markets Ltd
  • 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