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  • Confucius Cup ‘Go’ Tournament Goes From Strength to Strength
    of intense competition the defending champion from Hungary Csaba Merro was again victorious with Chinese contestant Du Zebin and France s Fenech Antione taking second and third prizes respectively Professor Wang Liming Director of the UCD Confucius Institute and himself a big fan of the game was on hand to present the prizes to the winners Compared to the first tournament this year s competition attracted more top class players During the games the level of skill was a wonder to behold with the experienced players using keen awareness and subtle moves to outwit their opponents showing their relative strength Apart from Go lovers from Ireland many enthusiasts came great distances to watch and learn from these masters of this ancient game some even travelling from as far as the United States Finland and Norway As one of the four traditional Chinese arts Go has won the favour of many Westerners There has been a strong momentum of development in the Irish Go Association In recent years Go clubs have been held regularly by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland and attracted people from all walks of life including college professors software engineers and college students Professor Wang Liming Director of the UCD Confucius Institute said Go is a treasure in Chinese traditional culture and reflects Chinese people s pursuit of wisdom The Go tournament held in Ireland is not simply a competition but also a bridge for an understanding and communication between Chinese and western culture The Confucius Cup Go Tournament held by the Confucius Institute is part of the process of promoting traditional Chinese culture in Ireland and we will continue to support and to promote the widespread launch of Go activities in Ireland helping people gain a greater understanding of Chinese culture Thanks for sharing About The

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/131-confucius-cup-go-tournament-goes-from-strength-to-strength (2016-02-09)
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  • UCD Confucius Institute Staff Celebrate Arrival of 2013 Year of the Snake
    has spent away from home he still did not forget the Chinese New Year traditions and delighted the teacher s children by specially preparing little red envelopes with money for them The gleeful kids then showed off their many talents singing and dancing to the amusement of all the staff After the Spring Festival TV show finished the KTV kicked off with Prof Wang Liming giving a stirring rendition of I Have a Date With The Grasslands Two overseas volunteer teachers who have been working at the Institute for some time Kong Lingde and Geng Chongyang were next up giving a soulful interpretation of Intimate Love warming the hearts of all the gathered Following this the teachers were queuing up to get the microphone having a singing competition well into the night Two passing students from the School of Engineering and the School of Business Institute were even enticed in by the atmosphere and laughter They were delighted to participate in a traditional Chinese Spring Festival a rare cultural experience and especially enjoyed their first time eating authentic Chinese cuisine and seeing the bustling Chinese New Year party in full swing They said that they should pay more attention to the Confucius Institute in future and expressed the wish to be take part in the organization of the teaching and cultural activities of the Confucius Institute Chinese New Year is the most important traditional festival in China and is also well renowned overseas Since the start of February the Confucius Institute in line with the aim to promote Chinese language education and the promotion of cultural exchanges has been making extra efforts to help Irish students better understand the traditional culture of the Chinese New Year These involved specially organised cultural activities in schools bringing the atmosphere of the Spring

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/132-ucd-confucius-institute-staff-celebrate-arrival-of-2013-year-of-the-snake (2016-02-09)
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  • Irish Ambassador to China honoured at 2013 Chinese Spring Festival Gala
    During the Gala event the Confucius Medal was awarded by Minister Ruari Quinn to the Ambassador of Ireland to China H E Declan Kelleher for his outstanding contribution to Sino Irish relations Pictured are L to R UCD President Hugh Brady Ambassador of Ireland to China H E Declan Kelleher Mr Ruairi Quinn Minister for Education and Skills and Prof Wang Liming Director of the UCD Confucius Institute The year of the snake is predicted to be a year of prosperity and peace and this was the biggest single event in the Chinese New Year programme in Ireland when around 2 000 guests thronged into the main auditorium of the Convention Centre Chinese Ambassador to Ireland H E Mr Luo Linquan Mr Ruairi Quinn Minister for Education and Skills Ambassador of Ireland to China H E Declan Kelleher and several senior ministers of state ambassadors and leading business figures were in attendance Pic 2 Performers on stage at the Chinese Spring Festival Gala organised by the Chinese Embassy of Ireland and the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland at the Convention Centre Dublin on Wednesday 20th February The Confucius Medal was awarded by Minister Ruari Quinn to the Ambassador of Ireland to China H E Declan Kelleher for his outstanding contribution to Sino Irish relations Introducing the Ambassador UCD President Hugh Brady said Ambassador Kelleher s valuable experience and knowledge has been crucial during these years of China s emergence as the world s newest superpower and he has made a huge contribution on a number of ground breaking projects during his 9 years as Irish Ambassador to China most recent of which was the very successful visits of Vice President now General Secretary Xi Jinping to Ireland in February 2012 and of the Taoiseach Enda Kenny in March 2012 Prof

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/133-irish-ambassador-to-china-honoured-at-2013-chinese-spring-festival-gala (2016-02-09)
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  • Belvedere College play host to staff and students from Beijing sister school - Renmin University High School
    in school but also came and lived with their families to better experience their culture and Irish way of life The two groups of students believe that this form of communication and interaction plays a very important role in helping them to understand the culture of the other country to enhance the friendship between the students and enhance mutual understanding It is directly because of this special interaction of students from China and Ireland that Ireland s national television broadcaster RTE sent a crew to film the event and then broadcast it on national TV shortly afterwards The day before leaving Ireland at the invitation of the Chinese Embassy in Ireland RUHS and Belvedere College teachers and students gathered at the Ambassador s residence cordially received by Ambassador Luo Linquan Ambassador Luo listened intently to a statement by the representative of the students and teachers of RUHS to gain an insight into their time here and said he was pleased to hear that the students shared a mutually beneficial exchange of experience Ambassador Luo went on to say that RUHS and Belvedere College are both famous secondary schools and the positive relationship between the two schools students also serves to improve the positive relations between the two countries and improves the mutual understanding of each other s cultures It is clear that both schools will produce many talented individuals in the future Following these discussions the two groups of students joined the Ambassador in an exchange of ping pong diplomacy at his official residence learning the skills of table tennis laughing and joking with each other and posing for pictures with the Ambassador Belvedere College is one of Dublin s top secondary schools and has a long history with impressive achievements in science literature art music sports and other disciplines

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/134-belvedere-college-play-host-to-staff-and-students-from-beijing-sister-school-renmin-university-high-school (2016-02-09)
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  • Understanding the Chinese Business Environment
    sales of analogue and mixed signal semiconductor products Due to the increased market share in Asia and especially China Maxim Integrated s partnerships and trade with Chinese companies has increased rapidly creating an obvious need for Chinese language and business culture training within the group It was to satisfy that need that Maxim Integrated s H R department contacted the UCD Confucius Institute The participants received very comprehensive training throughout the day from the experts present covering such diverse and essential topics as Chinese social and cultural norms the cross cultural challenges for Irish companies in China the differences and similarities between Irish and Chinese business culture the Chinese legal environment an overview of the 12th Five Year Plan the Chinese business environment the services provided by the Chinese embassy how to quickly learn Mandarin Chinese and more Ms Zhang Shujing Economic and Commercial Counsellor from the Chinese embassy and Confucius Institute director Prof Liming Wang presented the training certificates to the participants Following the training UCD CI held a wine reception for the participants During the reception the participants continued to enquire about many aspects of Chinese business culture with great interest and discuss them with the relative experts Our questionnaire results indeed show that the content covered was exactly what was required greatly raised their understanding of Chinese business culture and will be very beneficial to the staff in their work going forward The questionnaires also showed that the keynote speakers were rated very highly and that they had prepared very comprehensive relevant and original content The style of the training itself was also lauded as it was felt that the inclusive interactive methods used encouraged the communication and discussion of ideas and this in turn lifted the atmosphere and improved knowledge acquisition Although the training lasted close

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/125-understanding-the-chinese-business-environment (2016-02-09)
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  • St. Paul's and Creative Labs - Chinese Characters Learning Aid Project Supported by UCD CII
    keen and supportive having seen the importance of using different learning methods through her own study of Mandarin Chinese with UCD CII This in turn was reflected in her students comments on the course I thing the programme is fun and beneficial Shannon Kelly TY It s an interesting and fun programme in school really helps to understand and learn Chinese culture very enjoyable Dean Murphy TY Andrew Killeen from Creative pointed out the finer features of the devices saying The Creative Shenbi magic pen product is an Android touch screen electronic tablet It provides simple exercises for students to learn the most commonly used Chinese characters To adequately read a Chinese newspaper for example you will need a 2 000 word vocabulary Under a stress free setting students can practice writing the words at their own time and pace The device illustrates the stroke order allowing the student to trace out the character electronically on the screen using a stylus The speaker on the device gives the correct pronunciation and the student can repeat the word through the in built microphone Niamh Fahey and Lauren Donnelly 1st prize winners show off their fabulous Creative prizes with James Kenny UCD CII Andrew Killeen Creative and their teacher Kim Barrett Also featured is the Creative Shenbi touchscreen tablet the students used at St Paul s Following the first three months using the Creative Chinese Writing Tablets the students in St Paul s completed a survey on the Chinese course and use of the device This provided some interesting feedback Some of the key points from the respondents indicated that learning Chinese requires daily practice and that an understanding of the written Chinese characters is important in learning the Chinese Language Half of the students surveyed believed that Chinese should be included

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/8-st-paul-s-and-creative-labs-chinese-characters-learning-aid-project-supported-by-ucd-cii (2016-02-09)
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  • Graduation Ceremony for Evening Course Students in 2012
    Course Students in 2012 On 30 November 2012 nearly 50 students attended their evening course Graduation Ceremony in UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland CII and proudly received their graduation certificates Since 2006 more than 1500 students have benefited from the evening courses offered by CII These courses include Mandarin Chinese in beginner post beginner intermediate upper intermediate and advanced levels Chinese culture and society Chinese business culture and Chinese calligraphy A delicious Chinese food reception was served at the graduation ceremony CII teachers briefly introduced Chinese table manners and helped the students to learn about Chinese food culture A Chinese karaoke competition was held after the ceremony where the Irish showed they can put in great performances with a microphone too singing both English and Chinese songs with their Chinese teachers well into the night 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 Chinese Teachers Training Programme by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland News Archive Year 2014 Year 2013 Year 2012 Year 2011 Year 2010

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  • First Students in Ireland to Complete Six Years of Chinese Classes in Post Primary School
    a more cultural element a traditional Chinese Tea ceremony presentation was given by another teacher Fuya Zhang To wrap the ceremony up and ensure all involved were getting something extra to take home teacher Xiangran Wen led the students in the use of the traditional Chinese writing brush to write the name of Ireland in Chinese Tea Ceremony and Guzheng performances Students to show works of calligraphy After the culture workshop director Liming Wang issued the certifications and gave a short speech to express the affirmation of their hard work during six years Chinese study and their great achievement in learning Chinese The director hoped the students could continually enjoy the beauty of Chinese and gain more achievements in the future Mr Lorcan Byrne principal of Loreto expressed his thanks to director Liming Wang for the support of the hard working Chinese teachers from the CII The four students expressed their feelings on this special occasion and talked about their experience of learning Chinese They then presented their teacher and the director with hand made thank you cards At the end of the ceremony many students lingered with their teachers clearly moved by the occasion and already missing the teacher and their Chinese class Loreto Bray was the first school to offer a Chinese course at post primary school level in Ireland Since 2006 under the help of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland a large number of students have been involved in Chinese study here During his visit to Ireland in 2010 H E Li Changchun attended the fourth anniversary of the CII At the event the chorus of Loreto Bray performed Chinese songs which impressed all the guests and audience As a direct result the chorus of Loreto Bray was invited to give a performance at the Fifth

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/106-first-students-in-ireland-to-complete-six-years-of-chinese-classes-in-post-primary-school (2016-02-09)
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