The Galway Education Centre has over 20 years’ experience of International cooperative programmes and provides training programmes for teachers in County Galway and throughout Ireland. Global partners of the Galway Education Centre include the UCD Confucius Institute, National Flight Academy Florida, TEQ Games @ Universal Studios, Office of EU Commissioner for Research and Science, British Science Association, Emory University Atlanta and Indiana University. In addition, the centre has working partnerships with Medtronic Philanthropy USA, SAP in France, HP, Boston Scientific, and LEGO Education in Denmark. For over 15 years, the centre has become one of the leading examples in relation to organising cooperative programmes between educational institutes and entrepreneurs.
In December 2012, the UCD CII regional centre in the Galway Education Centre was launched officially. Mr. Ciaran Cannon, Jr. Minister of Education in Ireland and Mr. Xiaochuang Wu, first secretary of the Chinese Embassy in Ireland attended the event. Since then, the Galway Education Centre cooperated with the UCD CII and developed the training programs for Irish teachers. At the end of 2013, there are 11 secondary schools in Galway launching Chinese classes and 4 sessions of Irish teachers’ training programmes with more than 50 Irish teachers enrolled. Through the training programme, 14 Irish teachers started to teach Chinese language and culture on their own.