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  • The First School Principal\'s Trip from Ireland to China
    attended a seminar on the Chinese and Irish Secondary Education system on the 12th of October With great interest to develop possible twinning projects and exchange programmes 12 Chinese principals introduced their schools and warmly welcomed Irish principals to visit Since each of the principals within the delegation have introduced Chinese language and culture courses to their schools a special demonstration of a Chinese language class was organized for the delegation to observe so that they could gain a better understanding of the language learning and teaching process The demonstration was held in the College of International Education of Minzu University of China MUC After the demonstration Mr Yinghui Wu Dean of the College of International Education introduced the department of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language and a number of international students currently studying at MUC He also welcomed students from Ireland to study in China after graduating from secondary school To gain an in depth understanding of how Chinese secondary schools are operated the Irish delegation also paid a visit to the Beijing New Talent Academy This is an internationalized boarding institute integrating kindergarten elementary school junior senior high school a Cambridge International Centre a university foundation program and a Chinese language program Apart from the educational visits and academic seminars the Irish principals also visited the Forbidden City the Great Wall a number of the Olympic Stadiums and other historical scenic spots in Beijing The delegation travelled to Shanghai on the 16th of October and visited the Chinese and Irish pavilions at the Shanghai Expo venue It was undoubtedly a memorable trip for the principals from Ireland Mr Oliver Murphy principal of Castleknock College said I loved it It was an amazing experience The highlights were my visit to the Beijing Foreign Language School and the China

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  • Irish and Chinese governments to co-finance new building for UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland
    will also strengthen educational cultural and business links between the two countries Dr Hugh Brady President of UCD and HE Mr Li Changchun Member of the Standing Committee of Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China meeting students during an official visit to University College Dublin It will serve as a national resource through collaboration partnerships and outreach programmes involving educational cultural and business organisations and other relevant stakeholders In addition the Institute will continue to build and strengthen its relationships with relevant Chinese institutions most notably its founding academic partner Renmin University of China This will be the first Confucius Institute internationally to receive capital funding from the Chinese authorities and testifies to the strong performance of the institute since it was established in 2006 a statement released by the Government Press Office said HE Mr Li Changchun meeting students during an official visit to University College Dublin The agreement was signed during the official visit to Ireland of HE Mr Li Changchun Member of the Standing Committee of Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China CPC The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland and Chinese Studies in general are priority projects that link directly to UCD s strategic aim to be one of the world s leading research intensive universities said Dr Hugh Brady President of UCD We strive to produce graduates who are global citizens and equipped with the knowledge skills and trans cultural awareness to flourish in an increasingly globalised economy and society UCD has many educational and research links with prestigious Chinese universities and in our recently launched strategic plan for the period to 2014 we stated that the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland the first of its kind in this country will serve as a

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/item/78-irish-and-chinese-governments-to-co-finance-new-building-for-ucd-confucius-institute-for-ireland (2016-02-09)
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  • Launch of Major Report on Irish Business in China
    celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relations in attendance were several leading actors in the relationship between the two states including the Chinese ambassador to Ireland Liu Biwei Minister for Trade and Commerce Mr Billy Kelleher and John Kennedy who as the Secretary General s Principal Officer of the Department of the Taoiseach has a major role in the organisation of Ireland s contribution to next year s World Expo in Shanghai The event brought together many of Ireland s key players in terms of the nation s business connections with China The presentations delivered by Dr Wang and Professor Brugha were very well received by the audience of several hundred business executives as was the report itself Dr Wang thanked the report s sponsors The Chinese Language Council International Hanban and Ireland s Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment He gave a brief introduction to the work and aims of the Confucius Institute and spoke of this report as representing the most important research to date conducted by the institutes under his direction at UCD The survey data came from 117 respondents out of 600 questionnaires and 28 interviewees located in both countries The participants representing a significant sample of Irish business in China included people in manufacturing services government agencies and the education sector Professor Brugha remarked that while many of the research findings would have a familiar resonance among the gathering of China experienced people at the launch the comprehensive detail and scope of the report would offer some fresh insights even to those whose experience of doing business in China is deep Irish business people are enjoying success in China but not without effort There is a need to be patient committed and able to adapt Having a physical presence in China is enormously important There are risks and complexities in doing business in China and huge contrasts that experienced Irish business people become more conscious of over time There are also certain similarities between the two cultures which may offer advantages to the Irish in the forging of successful intercultural business relationships with their Chinese counterparts Intercultural fluency and personal relationships of trust and cooperation were found to be central to Irish business success The primacy of these people to people relationships contrasts with other business contexts where institutional and legal frameworks may provide a more typically western basis of business interaction It is important for Irish business people to understand Chinese business culture and practices and there is a great need in the country for such training An Irish cultural background can be an advantage particularly if the Irish educate themselves in Chinese culture language and history and recognise certain commonalities in the Irish and Chinese experience Although huge differences exist between Irish and Chinese culture most notably with regard to such aspects as saving face and hierarchy many Irish business people recognise similarities in the high value placed on family and personal friendship as well as parallels in the historical experience of the two

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  • President McAleese Encourages Strengthening Irish-Sino Links
    Ireland s Asia Strategy which has China at its heart The 30 years have seen great economic and social developments in both countries and also the development and maturing of our bilateral relationship McAleese said At the Ireland Pavilion President was shown with the conceptual model design of the new UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland displayed in the Pavilion which so far remarkably attracted great interests from both Irish and Chinese visitors The new home of the Confucius Institute will be located at a privileged site on UCD Belfield campus It is intended that the building will be a Symbol of modern Chinese architecture while drawing inspiration from China s rich architectural heritage President McAleese Commented on the model as a fantastic design she further encouraged such project as an important initiative that Ireland needs to further strengthening its links with China and expressed her support to the development for an early realization By accommodating and leveraging the activities of both the UCD s Confucius Institute for Ireland and Irish Institute for Chinese Studies will become one of Europe s leading sites for the study of Chinese language and culture The building will house a lecture theatre classrooms resource room multi media language laboratories facilities for distance learning and offices Upon completion the building should serve as not only a landmark of Chinese architecture and design in Ireland but also a state of the art centre fully equipped and perfectly appointed to facilitate China related academic business and social activities in Ireland Since May 1st the Shanghai Expo has attracted more than 15 million visitors over 600 000 visited the Ireland Pavilion with an average waiting time of 3 hours recorded Commonalities exist notwithstanding the huge differences in scale and physical distance between the two countries which can only enhance

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  • Certificate Awarding Ceremony for CII Evening Class Students
    CII Following their speech to congratulate the students the First Secretary of Education Sector of Chinese Embassy in Ireland Professor Dong Huiqing and deputy director of CII Professor Zhang Weiguo presented certificates to those who had completed their ten week learning in the evening classes run by CII Since 2007 up to 450 students have benefited from the learning courses offered by CII The courses included Mandarin Chinese at beginners post beginners intermediate and upper intermediate level Chinese culture and society Chinese business culture Chinese martial arts and calligraphy A new round of evening courses has been started on 12th April 2010 and several new courses have been added for those who will visit Shanghai Expo between May and October this year such as Doing business in China and Tourism Chinese With the support of Enterprise Ireland and China Ireland Association short term intensive training courses which specially designed for Irish companies and organisations will soon start running Thanks for sharing About The Author Super User Close Related Articles Volunteer Chinese Teachers from UCD CI Participate in the Collaborative Teaching Experience Seminar for CII UCD Confucius Institute organised its first Chinese Exam Winter Camp Launch of the Expert Group Overseas

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  • Ireland's first Confucius Classroom Launched in Loreto Secondary School
    want the girls a rounded education We like to keep a close eye on the economy and the kind of world the students will be going out into We want them to be at the cutting edge of that world and be able to avail of the opportunities at third level She said up to 40 pupils had already benefited from taking Chinese lessons and a number of girls had had travelled to Beijing last December to take part in a cultural festival that was broadcast on TV to 100 million people Dr Liming Wang director of UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland said the Initiative follows from a three year pilot programme Discussions are currently under way with a number of other schools with a view to taking the programme nationwide he said Dr Hugh Brady said recent studies undertaken by the college show a compelling need for Chinese language learning both from an educational and business perspective The lack of language ability and lack of understanding of Chinese culture form major barriers to doing business in China Among Irish companies over 78 percent of those questioned have a demand for university graduates who combine business with Chinese studies Our students also found that 70 percent of schools believe that Chinese will affect further job opportunities Yet there is currently no guiding policy on the development of language education he added The speeches were followed by the girls performance on Chinese poems and songs Seven major Irish and Chinese media reported the event and feedback from Irish secondary schools was overwhelmingly positive Following the event UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland has received more requests from Irish second schools to establish Confucius Classroom within their schools Thanks for sharing About The Author Super User Close Related Articles Volunteer Chinese Teachers from

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  • Meeting to Promote Mandarin Chinese Teaching in Irish Post-Primary Schools successfully held by UCD Confucius Institute
    fully recognised Transition Year curriculum unit for Irish post primary schools 45 hours of teaching materials for the unit have been developed and produced including on line materials workshops games for both indoor and outdoor activities face to face materials and DVDs The teaching materials were piloted by 20 selected schools in the academic year 2010 11 and are being revised according to feedback received from Irish secondary school teachers and pupils Based on the pilot year the descriptor will be reviewed and finalised for formal approval by the NCCA In the academic year 2011 12 Chinese language and culture will be officially taught in Irish post primary schools nationally firstly as a transition year unit but with the aim of expanding it to become a full curricular subject The main aim of this meeting was to get feedback from the principals and teachers of the pilot project schools on matters such as course content teaching practice class organization etc to revise the current material Based on this feedback the descriptor will be reviewed and finalised and sent for formal approval by the NCCA After the meeting the principals and teachers continue in their lively discussions on the day s topics During the meeting the assembled principals and teachers eagerly voiced their positive opinions and feedback which is a huge boost to pushing forward Mandarin Chinese teaching in Irish post primary schools After a short recess a teacher from the Confucius Institute gave a detailed presentation on the content and usage of the online materials which back up the standard post primary schools Mandarin Chinese course books Happy Chinese These online materials are vivid lively and extremely interesting and are perfect for the needs of post primary students Additionally these comprehensive online materials are a great help for Irish teachers

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  • Call for Papers: China and the Changing Landscape of the World Economy
    of theoretical and empirical studies are welcome Topics covered may include but are not limited to China and the Global Financial Crisis Implications of the Global Recession for the Chinese Economy China s Economic Reform Growth Patterns and New Challenges China s Fiscal and Monetary Policies in Response to the Current Global Crisis Income Distribution Healthcare and Social Welfare Reforms Globalisation and International Integration Trade and Foreign Direct Investment Innovation Technology and Development Financial Sector and Tax Reforms Real Estate Capital Market and Corporate Governance Labour Market Reform and Human Resource Management Urbanisation and Rural Urban Migration Rural Development and Land Reform Sustainable Development and the Natural Environment Selected conference papers will be published in the Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies and an edited book Further features of the conference include PhD colloquium experienced supervisors will chair and comment on students papers Prizes will be awarded for best papers submitted and presented by PhD students Information Corner on job opportunities You are invited to submit an abstract of 300 500 words by the 25th of March 2009 either through online submission www ceauk org uk or email to This email address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it You will be informed within two weeks whether your paper can be accepted Subsequently you will be expected to provide the full paper by the 29th of May 2009 Conference fee is 105 PhD student fee is 40 including membership of CEA and four issues of the Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies Chinese students studying in the UK are particularly encouraged to submit their papers and participate in the conference We will try our best to assist with your VISA applications and transportation from the UK to Dublin About the CEA Europe China s economic development has become increasingly important for the world in general and for Europe in particular taking accounts the fact that EU is China s most important trading partner A major effort we have been attempting at CEA UK was to push forward the establishment of the Chinese Economic Association Europe i e CEA Europe We are now pleased to inform CEA UK members that the CEA Europe was successfully launched on 17th of December 2008 in Oslo The new association was intended as a major expansion of activities by the CEA UK and will be officially established as a non profit and independent legal entity by the end of June 2009 The main objective of the CEA Europe is to promote scholarly exchanges and encourage academic leadership on Chinese economic and business studies in Europe To celebrate the establishment of our new association the Inaugural CEA Europe and 20th CEA UK Annual Conference will be held in Dublin July 23 24 2009 All CEA UK members will be offered free membership of CEA Europe CEA UK The CEA UK was launched in 1988 and has since become one of the leading organisations in Europe promoting research on China

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