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About us

Confucius Institute for Business London

Who we are and what we do

The Confucius Institute for Business London (CIBL) is a non-profit educational partnership between LSE and Tsinghua University. It was launched in 2006 with five sponsoring companies: HSBC, BP, Deloitte, Swire and Standard Chartered. Specialising in business communication, CIBL helps London business communities to learn Mandarin and to develop their understanding of business cultures in China. Alongside delivering business Chinese classes, CIBL also hosts a number of events offering insights into UK – China commercial relations.  Most of these events are open to the general public. The range of courses CIBL provides includes its executive programme Chinese Language and Culture for Business (CLCB), in company Business Chinese classes, Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) preparation and bespoke 1-2-1 teaching and events. In addition, CIBL provides intercultural communication training to both UK and Chinese companies and facilitates effective business communications in both directions.

What our students say about us

We celebrate the success and friendships of CIBL with a reception at the House of Lords every year during the Spring Festival. Hear what our Chinese Language & Culture for Business (CLCB) executive students have to say about studying with us!

House of Lords Celebration House of Lords Celebration
Filmed by Patrick Neill (LSE BSc Management student; company: Limpet @wearelimpet)


Advisory Council

(In alphabetical order by company's name)                

  • British Petroleum Plc - Dr Thomas Wales, Group Political Adviser
  • China-Britain Business Council – Mr Andrew Seaton, Chief Executive                
  • Deloitte LLP - Mr Steve Xing, Partner & Vice Chair, China Service Group                
  • HSBC - Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, Group Head of Government Affairs, HSBC, UK Chairman of CIBL Advisory Council
  • HSBC – Rebecca Yin Han Leung, Greater China Affairs Director            
  • John Swire and Sons Ltd - Mr Philippe De Gentile-Williams, Staff Director                    
  • LSE - Professor Dilly Fung, Pro-Director for Education                 
  • PwC – Ms Suwei Jiang, Head of China Business and Senior China Advisor
  • PwC – Mr David Teager, China Business Group Partner   
  • Standard Chartered Bank – Mr Robert Newell, Managing Director of Global Corporation
  • Tsinghua University - Professor Gang Peng, Vice President of Tsinghua University, China Chairman of CIBL Advisory Council

Academic Steering Group

  • Professor Paul KELLY (Chair of Steering Group, Professor of Political Philosophy)
  • Professor Dilly FUNG (Pro-Director for Education)
  • Dr Neil MCLEAN (Academic and Professional Development Director)
  • Dr Catherine XIANG (CIBL UK Director)
  • Professor Jinghui WANG (CIBL China Director)
  • Professor Kent DENG (CIBL Associate Director)
  • Dr Hong LU (CIBL Deputy Director)
  • Dr Xi LI (Department of Accounting)
  • Professor Kathy YUAN (Department of Finance)
  • Professor Qiwei YAO (Department of Statistics)
  • Ms Fiona CONLAN (Head of Global Academic Engagement)

Our clients

(In alphabetical order by company's name)        

  • Bank of China
  • Bank of England
  • British Chamber of Commerce
  • British Council
  • British Land
  • China Britain Business Council
  • China Exchange
  • Department of International Trade
  • Dulwich College
  • EY
  • Fosun
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • HSBC
  • Huawei
  • ICBC
  • Mishcon de Reya LLP
  • North Harringay Primary School
  • PwC
  • R&F Properties
  • Standard Chartered
  • Sussex University
  • Swire
  • TheCityUK
  • University of Law