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  • UCD Confucius Institute’s first national "Confucius Cup" table tennis championship a huge success
    club on 27th February 2011 The championship attracted more than 100 competitors from all over Ireland and England ranging in age from 7 to 70 years old There were professional players from the Irish Premier League overseas Chinese living in Ireland overseas students and Irish table tennis enthusiasts among those taking part And an added bonus was seeing the Irish Special Olympics representative team joining in the competition In a warm and friendly atmosphere the competitors battled it out in more than 200 pulsating heats The sports arena was filled with the continuous cheers applause and support from the excited crowd The mixed team finals were particularly eye catching and the skill of the competitors took the breath away from the cheering spectators In the end Karina Lefevre England s 5th seed took the honours with her steady skillful display Polish player Derek Zatylny and Chinese competitor Zhao Lisi secured second and third place respectively In the ladies competition the Chinese players dominated and the 1st 2nd and 3rd place honours went to Jiang Weihong Huang Yanmei and Lu Ming respectively The big prize in the junior group went to Kevin Wang The competition was a great opportunity for the Irish and Chinese competitors and supporters alike to mix and learn more about each other and there was a great feeling of camaraderie throughout the event Highlighting the importance of the event on hand to present Confucius Cup were the 1st Secretary of the Chinese embassy in Ireland Mr Li Chengyuan and UCD Confucius Institute s Director Wang Liming 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

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/102-ucd-confucius-institute-s-first-national-confucius-cup-table-tennis-championship-a-huge-success (2016-02-09)
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  • Hugely Success for Spring Festival Gala by Ireland’s UCD Confucius Institute
    were the Chinese ambassador to Ireland Mr Liu Bi Wei and his wife the president of UCD Dr Hugh Brady a number of other ambassadors as well as representatives from the fields of Irish politics business and education and of course distinguished representatives from the Chinese community of Ireland The event was so popular that not an empty seat was left in the house a testament to the glamour of the Gala and the outstanding success of previous years The presenters for the evening were Ms Li Xiao Dong a teacher from the UCD Confucius Institute and Mr Richard Doran an Irish native who is now a TV star in China who flew in from Beijing especially for the occasion Ms Li s beautiful flowing English and Mr Doran s faultless Beijing style Chinese gave the audience a wonderful practical demonstration of the success and charm inherent in the cultural language exchanges between China and Ireland The Gala opened with a great performance of the Chinese song Songs and Smiles by the girls of Loreto Secondary School Bray and the exhilarating enchanting atmosphere was further set by the kids of the world renowned Little Red Flowers rendition of Happy Rabbit Year A performance of the popular Chinese song Fairy Tales by the 4th year students from UCD s B Comm with Chinese Studies was as faithful to the original as to draw cheers of applause from the excited audience The breathtaking climax of the show was The Little Red Flowers performance Little Calligraphers and Painters To the accompaniment of melodious singing and joyful dancing four young performers The Troupe s average age is only 9 gave an enthralling live on stage exhibition of their sublime skills in Chinese painting and calligraphy drawing gasps of admiration from the audience who cheered

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  • Chinese Spring Festival Gala of Ireland in 2011
    The Spring Festival Gala of Ireland celebrating the Chinese New Year Year of the Rabbit 2011 will take place at National Concert Hall The Xiao Hong Hua Little Red Flowers Arts Troupe has been invited to perform on the National Concert Hall stage As one of the most prestigious children s performing troupe in China Xiao Hong Hua has many years of experience performing overseas Their heartfelt performances and dazzling choreography has enchanted audiences worldwide Tonight they will present performances to incorporate Chinese traditional instruments vocal performances and dance Free tickets are available to be picked up from Room Q260 Quinn School of Business from 9 30am to 5 00pm on Wednesday 26th Thursday 27th and Friday 28th January 2011 Or booking online at www nch ie Date Monday 7 February 2011 Time 19 30 Venue National Concert Hall 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

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  • The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland was awarded Confucius Institute of the year 2010
    Institute Conference was held on December 10th at the National Convention Centere in Beijing China The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland was awarded Confucius Institute of the year 2010 Li Changchun R Standing Committee Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China CPC Central Committee attended the opening ceremony Liu Yandong Chinese State Councilor and chair of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters also attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech The conference themed Sustainable Development of the Confucius Institute attracted 1 400 university presidents and Confucius Institute representatives from 96 countries and regions Among the over more than 300 Confucius Institutes all over the world there are 30 Confucius Institutes of the year 2010 The UCD Confucius Institute has been honoured as an outstanding Confucius Institute awardedfor the third time in its four years existence as an outstanding Confucius Institute in its four years establishment During the Conference students from 33 Confucius Institutes in 28 countries staged a performance entitled Garden Full of the Beauty of Spring Girls Female students from Loreto Bray the Confucius Classroom of the UCD Confucius Institute sang a Chinese song named Smiling and Singing which impressed everyone Being the first secondary school in Ireland one ofto teach Chinese Chinese promotion in secondary school in Ireland students of Loreto Bray have studied Chinese for three years and demonstrated the achievements of their language learning and the efforts of the hardworking teachers hardworking of UCD Confucius Institutes Thanks for sharing 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

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  • UCD Confucius Institute Receives Warm Welcome from Dublin's Lord Mayor
    2nd November for discussions at the Mansion House in Dublin s city centre Dr Wang briefed Mayor Breen on the activities and very ambitious plans of the Institute and the series of recent studies undertaken by the Institute In particular he discussed the demand for Mandarin language learning from schools and from businesses in Ireland Indicating that he would support having Mandarin teaching on the secondary school curriculum Lord Mayor Breen told Dr Wang In terms of promoting and supporting your expertise as far as I am concerned you are pushing an open door The Lord Mayor went on to discuss his ambition to see a twinning project between Dublin and Beijing and told Dr Wang that the issue was on the agenda for a meeting he would be chairing with fellow Councillors on 25th November In the event that a majority of Councillors give their support the issue would then progress to the agenda for the next formal meeting of the full Council on Monday 6th December The Lord Mayor also discussed his plan for developing Dublin s Chinatown an issue he set as among his priorities when he was appointed in June 2010 Dr Wang briefed him on the success of the twinning arrangement between Liverpool in the United Kingdom and Shanghai And he told him of his role in the successful twinning of Belfast and Hefei capital city of Anhui Province in China Finally Dr Wang discussed with Lord Mayor Breen the Institute s role in the extremely successful Chinese New Year gala performance at the National Concert Hall in Dublin every year The Lord Mayor talked of the city s plans for the February 2011 New Year celebrations He said he wanted to make the celebrations the most inclusive and successful to date He said he

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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

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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

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/79-launch-of-major-report-on-irish-business-in-china (2016-02-09)
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