The fourth Irish Secondary School Principals Trip to China, organised by the UCD Confucius Institute, was successfully completed on the 2nd of November. During the 7 day visit to Beijing, 6 Irish principals visited the headquarters of the Confucius Institute and two prestigious Chinese schools - The high school affiliated to Renmin University and the No. 4 High School Beijing. The principals also toured around the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven, as well as local Hutongs and the 798 Arts Centre. These attractions were chosen to showcase the best of both traditional and modern China.
On October 29th 2014, twenty students from Jesus & Mary College Goatstown finished their 8-day trip to China organised by the UCD CII, Renmin University of China and Hanban, the Confucius Institute Headquarters. During their trip, the students visited the headquarters of the Confucius Institute, RUC and the High School affiliated to Beijing Normal University. They also visited some places of interest such as the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Terra-Cotta Warriors and gained a unique insight into ancient Chinese culture through their experience.
On October 26th, 2014, accompanied by Irish Ambassador to China, H.E. Paul Kavanagh, President of UCD, Professor Andrew J Deeks, and Director of UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, Professor Liming Wang, Irish Minister for Education and Skills, Madam Jan O'Sullivan visited the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and the Demonstration Centre of Chinese Culture of the Headquarters in Beijing. Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Madam Xu Lin and Deputy Chief Executive, Mr. Wang Yongli extended warm welcome to and met with the delegation.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute worldwide, UCD CII held a unique celebration on Saturday September 27th, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. About 500 students of the UCD CII participated in the Learning Outcomes Exhibition and performances which demonstrate the charm of Chinese culture. The celebration was also attended by some invited guests including H.E. Xu Jianguo, the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, Counsellor Zhang Shujing, Mr Alan Dixon, Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Region, Enterprise Ireland, Prof. Dermot Moran, President of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies and Mr. Gerry Breen, former Lord Mayor of Dublin.
26 Irish teachers made their trip to China this year on 27th July 2014, making the group the biggest of local teacher training from Ireland. This is an intensive 2-week Chinese language and culture course in East China Normal University.
On 18th August 2014, UCD witnessed the opening ceremony of Inaugural International Conference on Creative Economics and the unveiling ceremony of Sino-European Research Centre for Creative Economy. H.E. Jianguo Xu, the Chinese Ambassador, and Dr. Brendan Halligan, Chairman of the Institute of International and European Affairs and Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, presented the ceremony and unveiled the plague. Representatives from the Irish businesses, government agencies, and academic institutions were invited to witness the exciting moment and interact with the delegation of entrepreneurs who came a long way from China.
From 15th to 17th June, the 2014 joint conference of newly-established Confucius Institutes in Europe, organised by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and hosted by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII), was held in University College Dublin. There were delegates from 48 newly-established Confucius Institutes in 21 countries in Europe. The theme of the conference was to share the experience of running the Confucius Institutes and promote their sustainable development. Based on the current status of the Confucius Institutes, the delegates discussed five topics including the planning of a “Confucius Institute Day”, fund raising from multiple sources, the implementation of “Confucius China Studies Programmes” in universities, the establishment of the rules and regulations of the Confucius Institute, and the promotion of Chinese Language Teaching into National Educational Systems
On 15th June 2014, Mr Liu Yunshan, a member of the Central Politburo Standing Committee of the CPC, attended the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony for the Model Confucius Building for the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII). Madam Xu Lin, Director-General of Hanban and Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, and Mr. Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Education and Skills also attended the event. The ceremony was hosted by Professor Wang Liming, the director of UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland.
From February to May 2014, the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII) in collaboration with the Ireland China Business Association (ICBA) organised a series of nine lectures called "Ni Hao, China!”. This series of lectures was tailor-made for students who wish to practise fundamental and conversational business Mandarin and to gain an in-depth understanding of doing business in China.
The Irish Final of the 13th International Chinese Bridge Competition for College Students
On the 26th of April 2014, sixteen Irish university students gathered at the Gresham Hotel, Dublin to compete in the Irish finals of the International Chinese Bridge Competition and battle it out for a chance to represent Ireland in the World Finals in China this summer. The students came from University College Dublin, University College Cork and Dublin Institute of Technology.
The 7th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Secondary School Students in Ireland was held in Mayfield Community School in Cork on 29th March 2014. 42 contestants including eight students taught by the UCD Confucius Institute took part in the competition. The competition consists of a Chinese speech, Chinese talent show and a Chinese cultural knowledge test.
On 27th March, the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII) organised a Chinese food and health workshop for the evening course students. Prof. Yongqiang Cai, deputy director of the UCD CII attended the event.
From 3rd to 12th March, Prof. Liming Wang, Director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland was invited as an overseas delegate to attend the second session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
Dates:Wednesday 5th March I 19th March I 26th March & Wednesday 16th April (2014)
Venue: 54 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Sponsored by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII), the third Confucius Cup Table Tennis Tournament was held at the Dundrum Table Tennis Club on 23rd February. The tournament was contested by around 40 players from 8 countries, including China, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Poland and the United Kingdom...
On 22nd February 2014, the 7th annual conference of the Association for Chinese Studies in Ireland (ACSI) in conjunction with the Confucius PhD students forum was held in the Newman building, University College Dublin.
Sponsored by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII), the third Confucius Cup Go Tournament was held over the weekend of the 15th-16th February in Dublin.
On 1st February, the second day of the Chinese Year of the Horse, the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII) and the Galway Education Centre held the official launch of the “China Week” and HSK & YCT examination hub at the Galway Education Centre.
The Spring Festival is the time to bid farewell to the old and usher in the new. On Tuesday 28th January 2014, the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland hosted a spectacular Spring Festival Gala in the National Concert Hall. It was the seventh Spring Festival Gala organised by the UCD CII to date.
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