The importance of tablet learning devices for students in Irish secondary schools was clear to see on Monday as 6 students from St. Paul’s Secondary School in Monasterevin picked up top-notch electronic gear from Creative Labs as prizes for top scores in their study of Chinese characters on the new devices.
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.
Loreto Bray Praised by UCD Confucius Institute
On 5th December 2012, four students from Loreto secondary school Bray finished their six years of Chinese classes, setting a fine precedent for other students and schools to follow. The principal of Loreto Bray, Mr. Lorcan Byrne and Dr. Liming Wang, director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII) attended the graduation ceremony and personally handed the special graduation certificates to the students.
Despite the slightly cold and wet weather on November 11th 2012 in Dublin, the atmosphere was warm and genial in the Confucius Institute in UCD. The visiting Chinese delegation comprised ten artists from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) and the Academy of Art & Design in Tsinghua University. Discussions about artistic creations, Chinese cultural communication, missions of the Confucius Institute and other topics were developed between the visiting artists and teaching representatives of the Institute.
Sharing Motivating and Developing New Ideas
Ireland’s leading academic event for Chinese PhD students, the UCD Confucius PhD Forum sponsored by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, has been running for 4 years now and has gone from strength to strength over the years. The main purpose of the Forum is to get students and scholars together to share ideas, keep up to date with new developments, motivate new members and promote new ideas, network with peers and discuss research experiences.
ChAT (Chinese with Audio Technologies), a two-year EU-funded Lifelong Learning Project on which the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland has been a vital contributor, has come to a successful closure.
The Galway Education Centre has just announced that it is to become the regional training centre in the west of Ireland for Chinese Language and Culture in partnership with The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland.
On September 20th, the inspection group of the Chinese Ministry of Education visited the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland and met with representatives from the Institute. The director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, Dr. Liming Wang welcomed the guests.
On September 8, the Fifth Annual Conference of the ACSI in conjunction with a book launch by Fudan University was held in University College Dublin (UCD).
The popularity of Chinese language and culture courses in the Transition Year programme in Irish secondary schools has continued to grow rapidly. There are now over 70 schools around the country with Chinese courses running under the guidance and support of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII).
With the rising demand for Chinese teachers in Ireland, both native and non-native, the UCD Confucius Institute has been busy devising training programmes to meet the demand.
“From the moment we landed in Beijing the organisation was top class, and the overall experience unforgettable”- this was how the five secondary school principals described their trip to China this summer, organised through the UCD Confucius Institute and Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing.
The Minister of State for Training and Skills, Ciarán Cannon T.D. has praised the work of Ireland’s two Confucius Institutes as he begins taking Mandarin lessons with the UCD Confucius Institute.
To accommodate for the ever-growing trend of Chinese language and culture teaching in Ireland, as well as providing a fundamental solution to the problem of the lack of Chinese language teachers in Ireland, the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland set up a National Chinese Training Programme for Irish Teachers this semester.
Tai Chi, Chinese tea making, complicated paper-cutting and Chinese spoken in a range of Irish accents all featured at an event in Portlaoise yesterday, Thursday 3rd May, when the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, T.D. launched a new Transition Unit in Chinese developed jointly by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment and the UCD Confucius Institute at an event that also celebrated the work of 22 post-primary schools already studying Chinese language and culture as part of their curricula.
On the 21st of April 2012, the cream of Ireland’s Chinese speaking Irish university students gathered at the Gresham Hotel, Dublin to compete in the Irish finals of the International Chinese Bridge Competition and battle it out for a chance to represent Ireland in the World Finals in China this summer.
With the advancement of Chinese studies worldwide, students everywhere are starting to ask themselves- Just how good is my Chinese? How does it compare to my friend’s Chinese in Sweden/Japan/New Zealand/Africa/Anywhere? What level do I need to have to do X job or X course? What areas do I need to improve on?
The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland held the inaugural ‘Go’ game Confucius Cup on 2nd March 2012. An incredible 48 contestants competed, coming from as far apart as Ireland, China, America, England, Holland, Hungary, Poland and Germany.
As part of the Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping’s visit to Ireland, his Excellency and his delegation paid a visit to one of Ireland’s most renowned secondary schools, Belvedere College, and enjoyed a special performance of Riverdance in the school’s O’Reilly Theatre.
To celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon, the Chinese Embassy in Dublin and the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland hosted a Spring Festival Gala at the Convention Centre in Dublin on Wednesday 01 February 2012.
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