Confucius Institute for Business London Hosts 2019 Spring Festival Reception and Graduation Ceremony in British House of Lords

[Source]    Confucius Institute for Business London, the UK [Time]    2019-03-02 14:51:50 

On February 8th local time, the Confucius Institute for Business London (CIBL) held the Chinese New reception and 2018 graduation ceremony for student of Chinese Language and Culture for Business London (CLCB) in the House of Lords. More than 200 people including members of UK Parliament, graduates and people from all walks of life attended the event.

Guests entering the venue

At the reception, The Baroness Falkner of Margravine, Member of British House of Lords, started the event with a speech in which she extended her warm welcome and emphasized the important role of language in UK-China exchanges with an example of her staff who studied Chinese in China.

Falkner delivering the speech

Later on, Xia Jianhui, Counselor of the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, and Richard Chenga-Reddy, the representative of the Advisory Board delivered speeches and they spoke highly of the significant contributions of CIBL to the cultural and business exchanges between the two countries. Xia Jianhui particularly mentioned that it is of great significance for everyone to celebrate Spring Festival, a traditional festival of reunion, together in the House of Lords in London. Richard Chenga-Reddy, based on his own experience, introduced how the Advisory Board facilitated the development of CIBL in the business circle of London.

Xia Jianhui delivering a speech

Richard Chenga-Reddy delivering a speech

An important part of the event—the graduation ceremony—was hosted by Catherine Xiang, British Director of the Confucius Institute. Dilly Fung, Vice President of the London School of Economics and Political Science, awarded the students diplomas.

Dilly Fung awarding the students diplomas

Staff of CIBL

This was the eighth time that the CIBL had held the Spring Festival reception in the British House of Lords. It was also the first time that the CIBL had held the graduation ceremony for students studying business and cultural courses in the House of Lords. The event not only provided a good platform for communication between London people from all walks of life focusing on China and China-UK relationship, but also successfully established and promoted the new branded project of CIBL.

Story by Wang Jinghui