H.E. Mr Yuan Guiren (pictured), Minister of Education in the People’s Republic of China, visited the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) today (Friday 28 October) as part of an official visit to the UK. LSE is the only university to be visited by the Minister during his three day visit to the UK.
Minister Yuan was greeted by LSE Director Professor Judith Rees and Pro-Director Professor Janet Hartley. He also met with academics and students from LSE, including some from the Confucius Institute for Business London (CIBL).
During his visit, Mr Yuan spoke of the positive impact of education cooperation between LSE and China, and donated 100 sets of Chinese books.
Professor Judith Rees, Director of LSE, said: "Asia, and China in particular, has been an important focus of LSE's attention and activities for decades. Not only do many of our academics work in areas that link to China, but we have forged close and mutually beneficial partnerships with three prestigious Chinese universities, so it was a pleasure to host Minister Yuan and introduce him to the School."
Nick Byrne, executive director of CIBL, said: “One of the Institute's aims is to foster greater understanding of business culture in China so it is especially pleasing to have the Minister visit us during his visit to the UK."
LSE has engaged with China since the School’s foundation in 1895 and has forged partnerships with Peking , Fudan and Tsinghua universities in order to offer a variety of collaborative teaching and research activities such as Double Master’s Degree Programmes, joint research projects, PhD exchanges, teaching and training programmes, as well as conferences and workshops.
CIBL was launched in 2006 as the first Confucius Institute for Business in the world. Located at LSE, in co-operation with Tsinghua University Beijing, the Institute works to help people in business carry out business with China. It offers a range of Chinese for business language courses as well as cultural awareness training, and regularly hosts public lectures, roundtable meetings, and workshops on Doing Business In China, aimed at people who want to maximize their business know-how.
The LSE Language Centre also provides Mandarin teaching as a Certificate course and, from this year, as a degree option. There are around 400 students learning Mandarin at the moment and next year could see 60 students studying Chinese as 25 per cent of their degree.
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