On September 6th, Prof Liming Wang, Director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, Prof Paul A Ward and Ms Krassimira Gormley welcomed the delegation from the Department of Women’s Rights and Interests Protection, Shanghai Women’s Federation headed by Deputy Director Haiying Cao. The two parties discussed matters in relation to the protection of women and children’s rights and interests.
Ms Bei Gao, Regional Manager (China) of the UCD International Office, gave a brief introduction to UCD and its programs, followed by Prof Wang’s presentation of the Confucius Institute’s 10-year development and the new Confucius Institute Building which is under construction. The delegates then exchanged ideas on the legal protection of women and children, special needs education and staff training. Prof Paul A Ward and Ms Krassimira Gormley, renowned scholars of the protection of children’s rights and interests, spoke of the comprehensive protection of children’s rights in Ireland in terms of law, school, community and family. After having had a deeper understanding of the Irish legislation and practical issues; the delegates said that they were inspired by the Irish state supervision system and that they would improve their own work drawing on the experience of the Irish practice. The guests also expressed their wish to promote the long-term collaboration between Shanghai Women’s Federation, UCD and UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland in the future.