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  • Launch of Major Report on Demand for Mandarin Chinese Teaching in Irish Post-Primary Schools
    led by Dr Liming Wang Dr Lan Li and Dr Emer Nowlan The report launch was hosted by Dr Liming Wang the director of UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland and the Irish Institute for Chinese Studies at Shelbourne Hotel on 25th November 2009 In attendance were several leading actors in the relationship between the two states including the Chinese ambassador to Ireland Liu Biwei Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Micheal Martin TD Dr Philip Nolan Deputy President of UCD and Principal of Lorento secondary Schoool Catherine Donagh The secondary school students and teachers involved with Chinese study also attended the launch After the speeches and presentations the students in secondary school played a series of Chinese style performance including Chinese songs and dances playing Guzheng which is a kind of traditional Chinese instrument displaying martial arts the students from Lorento secondary schools even wrote friendship beween Ireland and China last forever in Chinese as a gift for Ambassador The survey Demand for Mandarin Chinese Teaching in Irish Post Primary Schools which examined the provision of and attitudes to Mandarin Chinese teaching in post primary schools was responded to by 24 1 of the post primary schools in the country 181 out of 750 without follow up or further encouragement This compares favourably with return rates for similar surveys of post primary principals indicating a high level of interest in Mandarin Chinese This survey provides the Irish education sector with careful analysis of the demand for Chinese language teaching while also incorporating a study of the issues and problems which will require attention if the noble aim of implementing Mandarin teaching in Irish post primary schools is to be realised Thanks for sharing About The Author Super User Close Related Articles Volunteer Chinese Teachers from UCD CI Participate in the Collaborative

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/25-launch-of-major-report-on-demand-for-mandarin-chinese-teaching-in-irish-post-primary-schools (2016-02-09)
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  • Chinese traditional music gala
    People s University Student Art Troupe on October 6 to provide the local Irish and Chinese spectators a wonderful show Students Art Troupe of China People s University of China is a band consisting of 20 teams selected performances On the pipa solo performers Erhu Ensemble dulcimer solo suona and Lusheng female vocal solo form performing a dazzling display of Chinese folk songs received a warm welcome Finally the Irish folk song the last rose of summer sounded the atmosphere of the venue reached a climax the audience responded with prolonged applause Chinese Ambassador to Ireland Liu biwei and his wife Vice President of University of Dublin Eamon Ceant other distinguished guests invited to attend the performance by the Dublin University Confucius Institute The local political business the Chinese community as well as teachers and students of Dublin University a thousand people attended event with great interest and appreciation The performance was highly praised by Ambassador Liu He said this is the first ever held in Ireland large Chinese folk music performances far reaching significance 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

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/72-chinese-traditional-music-gala (2016-02-09)
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  • China and the Changing Landscape of the World Economy
    commenced with an opening address from Ireland s Minister for Science Technology and Innovation Conor Lenihan TD in which he expressed the hope for Ireland and China to continue to build successful economic links This sentiment was echoed by the Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy of the People s Republic of China Mr Zhengbing Xu Professor Brigid Laffan Vice President of UCD warmly welcomed the delegates to the conference and remarked on the shared experience of China and Ireland not only in terms of recent rapid economic growth but also with regard to diaspora and history Dr Jinghai Zheng President elect of CEA Europe UK and Professor Xiaohui Liu President of CEA UK also welcomed delegates on behalf of the two inter connected Chinese Economic Associations A letter of encouragement and praise to all at the conference from the Irish ambassador in Beijing Declan Kelleher was read out by Dr Wang At the end of the Opening Ceremony the official plaque for the new CEA Europe was unveiled by Dr Hugh Brady President of UCD and Conor Lenihan TD The first day of plenary sessions in the O Reilly Hall featured the following keynote speakers all of whom shared deep insights on China in the light of current critical developments in the world economy Professor Wen Hai of Peking University China Professor Nicholas Lardy of the Peterson Institute for International Economics USA Professor Zhiyuan Cui of Tsinghua University China Professor Robert Gordon of North Western University USA and Professor Thomas Rawski University of Pittsburgh USA On the second day 5 parallel sessions were held at The Quinn School covering a wide range of issues including Financial Markets Labour Economics and Management Economic Reform Economic Growth and Regional Development Macroeconomic Policies Industrial Economics Rural and Urban Development Foreign Direct Investment Internationalisation

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/73-china-and-the-changing-landscape-of-the-world-economy (2016-02-09)
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  • Senior Executive Training Programme at UCD's Confucius Institute
    and points Up to date findings from the Confucius Institute s recent National Survey of Companies and Organisations in Ireland on the Need for Support and Expertise in Chinese Business and Training helped inform the design of those presentations specifically aimed at Irish business management individuals seeking better understanding and insight into China This training course represents an initiative of considerable significance and potential reflects current global trends and was among the first of its kind in Ireland This cooperation between a major Irish business organisation and academic expertise in Ireland is very promising in terms of improving future business and economic links between Ireland and China The event attracted media coverage and a small conferring ceremony at the end of the day was attended by the Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Ireland Mr Xu Zhengbing who personally congratulated and awarded certificates to the participants TThe five participating executives from the CRH Group gave full recognition and credit to the format and content of the training course Chris Kelly CRH s business representative in China said I really appreciate that the Confucius Institute and Ireland China Association could offer such a high quality and tailor made course to us The programme was great and the time flew by very quickly I m very fond of Harbin in China because the people there are very friendly John Glynn Chief Operational Officer of Jinlin Yatai Group commented The key to conducting business is good communication between people so learning about Chinese culture is very important to us We can only better develop and extend our business in China if we can fully understand and appreciate Chinese people and their culture The executive training programme for CRH has attracted the interest of other Irish firms keen on investing in China and several other multinational companies are negotiating with UCD s Confucius Institute to develop similar courses The UCD Confucius Institute has also recently delivered a 12 week Chinese language business and culture course which was attended by members of the public civil service and business organisations There are good reasons to believe that China will continue to attract more companies investors and visitors from Ireland Company Profile Established in 1970 CRH is not only the largest building materials company in Ireland but also the international market leader in construction services It is currently ranked in the global top five in the sector CRH Group s business covers more than 25 countries and regions The company have set up branches in 50 states of the U S and their shares have been traded at New York Stock Exchange since 2006 In the last few years the Group has shifted their focus of investment towards the Asia Pacific market They acquired China s Heilongjiang Xiaoling Cement Company by signing a wholly owned contract They then signed a letter of intent with Jilin Yatai Group to acquire part of their equity shares CRH s acquisition programme has swept through the global building materials industry

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/74-senior-executive-training-programme-at-ucd-s-confucius-institute (2016-02-09)
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  • Will China Save the World, or Sink with it?
    2009 Dr Wang Liming gave a public lecture at UCD on this question and the implications for Irish business China has not been immune from the global economic crisis which deepened through 2008 but it nevertheless remains the only major economy in the world which has maintained high growth Indeed with a 2 USD trillion arsenal of reserves a budget surplus and predictions of its GDP growth for 2009 ranging from 5 5 up to 9 it is understandable that the question of whether China holds the key to global economic recovery has been asked widely The audience of just over 100 was made up of business people students members of the local community and academics who listened intently to the hour long talk with a lively question and answer session at the end The talk entitled China and the Financial Crisis Will China Save the World or Sink with it was introduced by Mel Clifford Chairman of the Ireland China Association which jointly organised the event with The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland and The Irish Institute for Chinese Studies at UCD Dr Wang answered the question through a careful analysis of the present position of the Chinese economy and the country s response to the current crisis concluding that China alone cannot save the world but that the world cannot now be saved without China Attendees relaxed afterwards over drinks and finger food at a Reception held in the Quinn Building 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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  • Second Award for Excellence to UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland
    in Ireland Up till now over 1 400 people have registered and learnt various modules and courses offered by the Institute over the past two years With active support from the UCD Confucius Institute in particular 5 local secondary schools Loreto Bray Holy Child St Michael s College Belvedere College and New Park Comprehensive School have started to teach Chinese as a foreign language for the first time three of them have been running the course for the second year now with teaching staff provided by the Institute Ongoing research work in Ireland In order to assess the current situation in Irish secondary education with regard to the teaching of Mandarin Chinese language the Institute has carried out a research project which includes a survey of all post primary schools in the country as well as interviews with school principals and other key informants from government and non governmental organisations The project has been completed and the report of this research entitled Mandarin Chinese in Irish Post primary Schools will be launched in February 2009 The Institute has also carried out a further National Survey of Firms and Companies in Ireland on the Need for Support and Expertise in Chinese Business and Training in Chinese Language Culture in order to better inform the design of appropriate teaching and research programmes to meet Irish companies needs Initial results from the national survey suggest that over 60 of Irish companies think intensive short term courses 3 days 5 days 10 days etc are a good way for their employees to acquire beneficial training skills for doing business in with China Accordingly a range of continuing professional development courses will be developed to serve this increasing demand A goal beyond teaching research The Institute has extended its activities beyond teaching and research to

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  • Social-Bilingual Workshops: Linguistic and Cultural Exchange in the Classroom
    Irish and European students of Chinese Studies with Pre Masters Studies students from China From day 1 results have been spectacular it s like an intercultural language learning heaven for an hour each week enthuses Francis Kane Pre Masters Studies lecturer Some of Dr Lan Li s students many of whom are B Comm with Chinese Studies undergraduates will study next year in China as exchange students in Renmin University of China and or Fudan University A very fortunate coincidence It has been a very fortunate coincidence that there are 18 students in Francis class and also 18 in mine this perfect numerical balance has allowed the formation of learning pairs and language exchange partnerships over the last semester comments Dr Li During the 1 hour sessions the first 30 minutes are spent in the Chinese language medium This is then followed by a further 30 minutes in the English language medium in which the students from East and West have further opportunity to communicate integrate and form friendships with each other Both groups benefit greatly from this contact with the target language and culture they are aiming for The most important thing My classmates are really enjoying these workshops says Lou Hong class rep of the Pre Masters Studies group For me the most important thing has been the chance to make friends with local students some of us meet up after class and are getting to know each other well It is believed that this particular type of workshop is very rare if not unique in Irish university education What began as an experimental idea has blossomed into one of the highlights of the students timetables Thanks for sharing About The Author Super User Close Related Articles Volunteer Chinese Teachers from UCD CI Participate in the Collaborative Teaching

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  • Further Cooperation between UCD and Shenzhen University
    an agreement to begin a new Pre Masters program at the Confucius Institute The new agreement allows fourth year undergraduates from SZU s Law School to join The Irish Institute for Chinese Studies new Pre Masters Studies programme This course the 4th year of a 3 1 1 model students spend 3 years in China and 2 years at UCD will not only prepare them for LLM study at UCD s School of Law in Roebuck Castle but also allow them to graduate with a SZU degree in Law at the end of the Pre Masters year The course begins on September 29th 2008 The delegation met representatives from The Smurfit School of Business which already has a joint progamme with SZU The Quinn School of Business The School of Law and The Confucius Institute Irish Institute for Chinese Studies A historic moment At the signing ceremony President Zhang noted that it was a historic moment and another milestone in the continuing cooperation between SZU and UCD while our own president Dr Hugh Brady marked the occasion by saying UCD has enjoyed a friendship with SZU for the last couple of years and that the new agreement would greatly enhance future cooperation A visiting scholar from SZU has arrived at The Confucius Institute as part of the growing links and agreements between our universities Dr Liang Liyong an expert of Chinese language and culture is here to deliver lessons for the Institute He will remain at UCD for the next year 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

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/69-further-cooperation-between-ucd-and-shenzhen-university (2016-02-09)
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