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  • Chinese Language and Culture Enters Irish Secondary School System; UCD-CII Holds National Training Programme for Irish and Chinese Teachers
    The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland held the Chinese language and culture training programme on Saturday September 3rd to introduce the Teaching Pack to Irish Chinese teachers In the training session experienced secondary school teachers from Ireland introduced the Chinese Language and Culture in the Transition Year Guidance for Irish Secondary School draft and gave a demonstration class on Chinese Economy one of the 13 different culture models contained in the Teaching Pack Chinese teachers from the CII presented a model class of the first lesson of Chinese Language and explained in detail the structure and content design of the Teaching Pack and how to use it in a Chinese culture class Irish teachers were organized into groups to give simulated trial classes with the Teaching Pack afterwards and instant feedback was given and collected by the other groups and supervisors They also practiced traditional Chinese art forms such as Chinese knots Chinese tea making paper cutting Tai Chi and calligraphy under the demonstration and instruction of Chinese teachers in an absorbing interactive culture workshop At the end of the training session the UCD Confucius Institute presented a copy of the Teaching Pack to all the Irish teachers who had participated in the training programme The training programme has received overwhelming welcome and acclaim from Irish secondary school principals and teachers They gave credit to the development of the Teaching Pack which they believed was true to the daily life and interests of Irish secondary school students and consistent with the foreign language teaching ideas and methods for secondary schools They praised its multi media content and its user friendly design The Irish teachers believe that all these features help to remarkably accelerate the promotion of Chinese language and culture in Transition Year The Irish teachers strongly welcome more training

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/93-chinese-language-and-culture-enters-irish-secondary-school-system-ucd-cii-holds-national-training-programme-for-irish-and-chinese-teachers (2016-02-09)
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  • Mayor of Beijing Municipality, H.E. Mr Guo Jinlong Attends the Fifth Anniversary Celebration of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland
    exhibited in the O Reilly Hall The Director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland Dr Liming Wang hosted the event He announced the greeting message from Madam Xu Lin the Director General of the Confucius Institute Headquarters to start the ceremony which expressed her best regards and great confidence for a better future of UCD CII The Fifth Anniversary Celebration of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland CII Dr Hugh Brady then addressed the event to welcome guests from Beijing and friends of UCD CII on behalf of the faculty and students of UCD Dr Hugh Brady and Mr Guo exchanged their visions and plans on the Dublin Beijing International University project formed during their meeting in Beijing last month Both hope to develop long term cooperation between UCD and Beijing University of Technology through each party s strengths and efforts to establish a unique international campus Dr Brady also praised highly the achievements of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland since its establishment five years ago He emphasized the crucial role the UCD CII plays as a bridge between China and Ireland Minister Ruari Quinn stressed the stronger than ever Sino Irish relationship which led to the twining of Beijing and Dublin in June 2011 He expressed the strong confidence that through this link an even stronger cooperation will be witnessed on aspects of education business tourism and foreign direct investment between China and Ireland The Irish government will provide full support to the Dublin Beijing International University project Minister Ruari Quinn presented the first ever Confucius Medal to H E Mr Guo Jinlong on behalf of University College Dublin and UCD CII which symbolizes the recognition of great contributions to Sino Irish relations especially educational cooperation and exchange This honour will be awarded once every year Minister

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  • The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland is celebrating it's 5th anniversary this year and as part of the celebrations we are presenting the Made in China film festival.
    Ireland is celebrating it s 5th anniversary this year and as part of the celebrations we are presenting the Made in China film festival The festival is a celebration of contemporary Chinese cinema and runs from the 19th to the 25th of September Online and at Swan Omniplex Rathmines Some of China s most popular films will be screened during the festival including blockbuster Assembly and mystery thriller The Message In addition to the main programme we will introduce the very first online film festival to Ireland meaning Chinese films will be streamed on the festival website for everyone to enjoy The festival promises an in depth and entertaining look at Chinese culture and society and will help answer the questions Who are the Chinese and What is China like today Look out for our posters across Dublin in the next few weeks 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

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  • UCD’s Confucius Institute hosts International Conference on Chinese Economy and Business
    Taoiseach Enda Kenny Lord Mayor of Dublin Councilor Andrew Montague the Chinese Ambassador His Excellency Mr Liu Biwei and renowned keynote speakers including Professor Wing Thye Woo University of California Professor Martin King Whyte Harvard University and Professor Wen Tiejun Renmin University of China China is now our largest trading partner in Asia and our 8th largest partner overall A simple illustration of this is the fact that at the turn of the century bilateral trade with China was worth 715 million annually Last year it was 4 2 billion Ireland is still a small open economy with a vibrant export sector Our recovery will be export led and our strong trading relationship with China is an essential part of ensuring further growth said An Taoiseach Enda Kenny Ireland s Prime Minister during his speech at the conference Pic 2 The Chinese Ambassador His Excellency Mr Liu Biwei addressing the conference The two days attracted over 150 acclaimed academics from over 70 universities and research institutes and 18 different countries The presentations included such diverse topics as Sub Optimal institutions but superior growth The puzzle of China s economic boom The China effect on EU exports The national and international expansion of SMEs from China China s entrepreneurial revolution Do China s OFDI substitute or compliment trade Case studies of OFDI in Africa and Europe Pic 3 The opening of the CEA conference in O Reilly Hall UCD 14th July 2011 China and its economy is of huge interest globally and this is a great opportunity to get an inside view on what the world s top minds have to say on China s economic miracle how it happened what it means for Ireland and Europe now and what will happen in the future said Dr Liming Wang director of

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/96-ucd-s-confucius-institute-hosts-international-conference-on-chinese-economy-and-business (2016-02-09)
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  • UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland successfully held Chinese Proficiency Test
    UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland successfully held Chinese Proficiency Test In 9 April 2011 UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland successfully held the Chinese Proficiency Test the HSK Test The HSK test is a standardized international Chinese proficiency test taking non native speakers as its object and directed at examining students capability in applying Chinese language in their studies personal life and work With more frequent exchange between Ireland and China in various areas such as trade culture and education etc the number of people learning Chinese language is increasing dramatically The Institute has been running Evening Courses open to the general public who are interested in studying Chinese and the courses have been a huge success Many evening course students would like to check their Chinese proficiency level or need Chinese language test certificates for business or study purpose so the HSK Test is their ideal choice Followed by the successfully organized first and second HSK Tests last year in Dublin area for written and oral tests the Institute s third HSK Test attracted a total of 23 people who took the test in 6 levels Majority of them are UCD students and Institute s Evening Course students One of them took part in level 6 the highest level of HSK Test and the first time in Dublin One of the HSK Test rooms in UCD Confucius Isntitute 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 Year 2009 Year 2008 Year 2007 Year

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  • Graduation Ceremony for Evening Course Students in 2011
    21 March 2011 over 40 students attended their evening course Graduation Ceremony in UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland CII Following his speech congratulating the students the Director of CII Dr Liming Wang presented certificates to those who had completed their ten week evening courses run by CII Since 2007 nearly 800 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 An exhibition of photographs from China was held after the ceremony These pictures were provided by the evening course students who have already been to China The photographs included the grand Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven the beautiful and peaceful little town of Jiangnan cute Chinese children and delicious Chinese food etc showing the photographers different impressions of China from their own eyes A delicious Chinese food reception was then served This was followed by a Chinese culture show in which CII teacher Li Shengnan played the Pipa a traditional Chinese musical instrument and Professor Zhang Weiguo performed a Chinese tea ceremony for the guests Pic 1 Director of CII Dr Liming Wang making a speech at the graduate ceremony Pic 2 Presenting certificates to students Pic 3 Deputy director of CII Professor Weiguo Zhang performing a tea ceremony Pic 4 Enjoying the delicious Chinese food and exchanging views on the course 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

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  • Charming Chinese, Colourful China -- The Irish Final of the 10th Chinese Bridge Competition for World College Students
    contestants standard of pronunciation fluency of expression sense of humour and sincerity won bursts of applause from the audience UCD B Comm with Chinese Studies student Fiachra Mullen has a real passion for Chinese and after only studying Chinese for a year decided to use his summer holidays to travel to Beijing to improve his Chinese language skills During his speech he jokingly referred to his bittersweet experience learning Chinese My relationship with Chinese is the same as that between myself and my girlfriend I really love her but I can t control her Tricia Kehoe from UCC used her mellifluous Chinese to describe her experience climbing the Great Wall of China five years ago She gasped in admiration at the majesty of the Great Wall was filled by the vicissitudes of history and experienced the intellect and unbending spirit of the Chinese people While travelling along the Great Wall she encountered a group of young students playing football and this reminded her of the vitality and energy that has shone forth from ancient China During the talent show section of the competition the contestants performed an array of Chinese themed skills Chinese poem reading Chinese tongue twisters Chinese songs stories of Chinese idioms and beautiful calligraphy among others 4 th year UCD student Daniel Sellers recited a romantic Chinese poem he can written himself DIT student Matthew Hanlon vividly recited a famous Chinese idiom about blessings in disguise UCC student Trisha Kehoe performed seal character calligraphy writing the first three characters from the phrase As heaven maintains vigour through movements one should constantly strive for self improvement which is taken from the classic Chinese Book of Changes She explained after completing the calligraphy that she had a special appreciation for this phrase that it has been a mantra for her in her studies and she wished to share it with the audience The audience were bowled over by the amazing performances from all the contestants and cheered and applauded throughout the day After the final result was revealed the Chinese ambassador Mr Liu Biwei came forth to present the first prize to the winner After the presentation the ambassador gave a short speech congratulating the contestants on their outstanding achievements and congratulating the organisers on the hugely successful event He said that since diplomatic relations had been established in 1979 China and Ireland had always maintained excellent diplomatic and economic ties and trade between the two countries has increased by a staggering multiple of over 1300 and educational and cultural exchanges are growing stronger every day His Excellency wishes that the peoples from both Ireland and China make a commitment to studying each other s languages and strengthening the friendly ties and cooperation between the two countries The excited crowd lingered long after the competition had ended and commented that This kind of competition gives us an insight into the charm of Chinese and lets us share the delights of studying Chinese The Irish student representatives said Even though

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/99-charming-chinese-colourful-china-the-irish-final-of-the-10th-chinese-bridge-competition-for-world-college-students (2016-02-09)
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  • Irish Secondary School Students Return from Memorable Trip to China
    possible were arranged such as meeting the students of the 80th Secondary School of Beijing and taking classes with the Chinese students including Chinese economics culture geography sports and Kung Fu getting a real feel for the daily life of the average Chinese student Here there also took Chinese language classes and despite them already having studied Chinese back in Ireland the practical language experience was much more involving for them in this ideal language environment Their interest and enthusiasm was further heightened by other activities such as free time to roam and experience Beijing going shopping and using their Chinese language in a very practical way But exploring the culture of China was the students favourite activity They loved The Great Wall The Forbidden City and The Temple of Heaven and the exciting new sights of Beijing such as The Bird s Nest and The Water Cube left them gasping These boys were hungry for Chinese food too and the delicious specialties on offer such as Beijing Roast Duck Hot Pot and Dumplings more than satisfied them After Beijing the students went south to Xi An for 2 days and there they visited the Great Wild Goose Pagoda The Terra Cotta Warriors and the ShaanXi history museum as well as tasting the local delicacies of Xi An of course Being a Catholic school Belvedere has a long tradition of charity organizing events and fundraisers for orphans and homeless children every year This trip was no exception and so they arranged to visit the Hope Orphanage in Beijing While there they learned all about the orphans situation played and sang songs with them and before leaving presented the kids with gifts that they had brought with them especially all the way from Ireland Experiencing China first hand has been a

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/100-irish-secondary-school-students-return-from-memorable-trip-to-china (2016-02-09)
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