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LSBU visits House of Commons for special Chinese New Year event

LSBU's Confucius Institute visits the House of Commons to discuss how universities can more effectively collaborate with international businesses
10 February 2016

A Chinese New Year event organised by London South Bank University (LSBU)’s Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine and Petroineos Trading Limited was held at the House of Commons last night, aiming to further enhance the University’s links to global business.

Hosted by Member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee Mark Hendrick MP, the event was a chance for business and education to come together. Discussion revolved around how companies can work closer with universities, like LSBU, to support the development of their workforces and enhance students’ employment prospects.

LSBU Vice-Chancellor Prof. David Phoenix said, "Developing and maintaining strong ties with business is fundamentally important to providing a well-rounded education for our students.

"We pride ourselves on preparing our students for the challenges and opportunities of the real-world and there’s no better way to do this than to engage with companies such as Petroineos Trading Limited, a large Chinese company with substantial operations in the UK.

"We are in a fortunate position to have a world-leading Confucius Institute based at LSBU which provides us and our students with unparalleled links to China as well as the added value to staff and students of teaching Mandarin, to give them an extra advantage."

I expect that, with events such as this one, the Year of the Monkey will be a successful and prosperous one for the Confucius Institute and for our students.

Prof. David Phoenix

The House of Commons event saw speeches from Chinese Embassy representatives Minister Counsellor (Education) Shen Yang and Minister Counsellor (Science and Technology) Jiang Sunan. Contributions were also made by the Vice President of PetroChina Internationals (London) Company Ltd Luo Yizhou, as well as Mark Hendrick MP and Prof. David Phoenix. 

LSBU’s Confucius Institute was the UK’s first global Confucius Institute and seeks to help students understand Chinese business though development of Chinese language, culture and wellbeing.