10 June 2014
Lord Wei speaks to leading Chinese industrialists and entrepreneurs.
Nearly 100 years old, the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SHUFE), ranked as one of the top world-renowned research university, is the oldest financial university in China. As part of their e-MBA study tour, over 40 leading Chinese industrialist and entrepreneurs on the course came to Great Britain for two weeks. With classroom studies from Cambridge to visits in Scotland, the study tour culminating in an exclusive final day event in London. Arranged and facilitated by, Ting Zhang, CEO China Business Solutions, this group had the unique opportunity to visit both Houses of Parliament and then to network and engage with some of the foremost British based ethnic Chinese businessmen and women in finance, media, telecoms and healthcare.
In the chambers of the House of Lords, Lord Wigglesworth delivered a concise overview of both the Houses of Parliament, the process of policy making, debate and engagement, which generated some open, considerate and probing questions from the Chinese delegates. Merlene Toh Emerson, Co-founder of the Chinese Liberal Democrats then went on to speak about “Politics, Diversity and Chinese in Britain”, which the delegates found informative and thought provoking. Following the discussions the Chinese delegates were able to view at first hand both Houses in session. This was indeed a unique experience for them.
At the exclusive networking event at the Institute of Directors, Lord Wei spoke eloquently on the need to build closer links with China, in commerce, technology, education, culture and in social enterprises. Lord Wei is the youngest member of the House of Lords, appointed as a life peer at just 33 and the first British-born ethnic Chinese to hold such a senior position. Renowned as an active social entrepreneur, Lord Wei was able to articulate the desire to bridge the opportunities from China to UK and UK to China, expressing his genuine understanding of both cultures from his own experience and how occasion such as this event can sow the seeds to create successful enterprises.
A Senior representative of the Shanghai University of Finance & Economics commented in an interview that “such activities are really helpful for our members to learn about UK political and economic environment, and more importantly they have now made direct connections here, and all this we thank the support of China Business Solutions”. He is now back to Shanghai to encourage other leading Chinese industrialists and entrepreneurs studying business management to embrace UK. As commented by Lord Wei, “We should explore how more doors we can open, with help from specialists such as China Business Solutions”.