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Andrew Seaton, Chief-Executive of the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), delivered the Business Confucius Institute Annual Lecture on 24 November 2021. Andrew graduated from Leeds with a degree in Chinese and Politics over 40 years ago. He formerly served as the Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong...

Emily Austin-Howell, a third-year Liberal Arts student at the University of Leeds, has recently joined the Business Confucius Institute (BCI) team as the Mandarin Aspirations Project Assistant. Her internship will progress the project’s goal of sharing stories about Mandarin learners’ experiences in order to educate, motivate, and inspire students. In...

Jake Gill (高健), CEO of the character learning app Skritter, is a long-time learner of Chinese and also has experience of teaching Mandarin. Along his journey, Jake has picked up lots of tips and tricks for making Chinese characters stick. In this post we share some of Jake’s advice from...

We spoke to a student, a member of professional staff and an academic to get their different perspectives on the value of engaging with Chinese language and culture. They have all either taken Business Confucius Institute (BCI) Chinese courses or made other efforts to build connections through learning more about...

With our next 8-week Chinese courses beginning in May we had a look back at the Mandarin Aspirations stories we have shared so far from evening course students. Read on to find out what motivated them to learn Chinese and understand what influenced their decision to sign up for a course...