Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming visits the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds

The Chinese Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Liu Xiaoming, has been received at the University of Leeds where he paid a visit to the Business Confucius Institute, accompanied by Mr Li Yongsheng (Consul General, Manchester Consulate) and Mr Wang Yongli (Minister-Counsellor for Education at the Chinese Embassy in London).

Ambassador Liu met with staff and partners of the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds (BCIUL). He was particularly keen to talk to our students about their experiences of studying Mandarin and Chinese culture. East Asia Studies graduate Tania Yeromiyan was congratulated on her success in the 2015 Chinese Bridge Competition. Trevor Lake and James Turner, both executive business clients, were also greeted by the Ambassador. It was a pleasure to be able to give our students this opportunity, and to show Ambassador Liu the range of Chinese teaching activities we engage in.

Dr. Hinrich Voss, BCIUL Director, introduced the Institute’s work and received strong encouragement from the Ambassador, who emphasised the important contribution of Confucius Institutes to China-UK relations.

Dr Voss said “It has been a great honour to welcome the Chinese Ambassador on his first trip to Leeds and to the Business Confucius Institute. The Embassy has been a strong supporter of the Confucius Institute since we opened in 2012. This opportunity to showcase our achievements across the three pillars of the Institute (language, culture and business), as well as the valuable feedback and encouragement received from the Ambassador and Minister Counsellor Wang, have given a boost to the whole team.”

Ambassador Liu Xiaoming's endorsement further strengthens our conviction that our work makes a key contribution to international relations and cross-cultural understanding. We are delighted to work with the strong support of both the Business School and the University of Leeds as a whole to achieve these goals.

Read about this in Chinese on the Hanban website: 驻英大使刘晓明访问利兹大学商务孔子学院观看中英大学生合作舞台剧《仲夏夜梦南柯》首演

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