Dear London School of Economics,
I am writing to request information under the FOIA 2000.
I am interested in learning about the arrangements between your organisation and Hanban, and any other organisation that is involved in setting up the Confucius Institute at your organisation.
I would like to access items such as the agreement, along with any documents detailing the arrangement between your organisation, Hanban and any other organisations involved, and any donations (monetary or otherwise) in relation to the setting up of the CI at your organisation.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.
Dear Mr Tang,
I am writing to provide the requested information for the Confucius
Institute for Business London (CIBL), based at the London School of
Economics. I’m afraid I am not able to send our current agreement with
Hanban, as we are currently waiting for confirmation from them of small
changes that we have proposed as part of renewal. I am happy to share our
agreement once we have it agreed and signed. I’m sorry about this.
For your first question: CIBL was set up in 2006 as a partnership between
LSE, Tsinghua University in Beijing and Hanban. As an institute that works
on teaching Mandarin to UK companies with commercial interests in China,
we also have 5 companies who helped found CIBL. These are BP, Deloitte,
HSBC, Standard Chartered and Swire Group. These companies are the
founding members of CIBL’s ‘advisory council’. This has since been joined
by PwC, The CityUK, the China Britain Business Council and DL Piper.
In terms of roles: LSE hosts CIBL, Tsinghua recruits teachers and shares
expertise on Mandarin teaching, and Hanban provides funding. The advisory
council members offer advice and feed into the design of our Mandarin
programmes through an annual meeting.
For your second question: Our income is primarily from student fees. We
teach in-company and also offer evening and weekend courses for
participants at different levels of Mandarin proficiency. LSE provides
funding through accommodation and staff hours. Hanban funding meets the
current shortfall between our costs and income. This funding has been
reducing year on year and we are working towards being self-sufficient in
terms of covering costs. Our 2019 budget projection is for Hanban to
cover around £150k. Finally, the 5 original advisory council
organisations each contributed a one-off payment of £25k in 2006 to cover
the start-up costs of CIBL.
Dr Neil McLean
Director, LSE Academic & Professional Development Division
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