From October 2013 to January 2014, the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII) organised six intensive Chinese Consumer Culture and Language training sessions for Brown Thomas. With the aim of helping the staff understand Chinese consumer culture, Ms. Xiaodong Li from UCD CII presented a lecture on Understanding Chinese Customers, providing in-depth training in areas including Chinese economy, culture, business and language.
On 4th December, the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII) hosted the first demonstration class contest on Chinese culture and language, which was organised by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Ireland and supported by the Chinese Teachers' Association of Ireland. Eight Irish Chinese teachers competed in the preliminary contest, and three of them entered the final.
On the 4th December 2013 nearly 40 students attended their evening course Graduation Ceremony in a quaint Chinese restaurant, and proudly received their graduation certificates.
The Confucius Institute Headquarters delegation paid a visit to University College Dublin from 19th November to 22nd November. The CI delegation was led by Prof. Huiling Yang, vice president of Renmin University of China, and comprised eight members from CI Headquarters, Renmin University of China and China State Construction Engineering Corporation.
Organised by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII), 8 Irish Secondary School principals paid a 7-day visit to Beijing from 27th October to 2nd November, 2013. With the aim of enhancing the principals’ understanding of Chinese culture and the Chinese secondary education system, this was the third Irish secondary school principals’ trip organised to date.
On 29th October Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai visited the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT) in University College Dublin. During the event, Dr. Reg Shaw, CEO of NIBRT, introduced the training programmes offered by NIBRT and looked forward to the collaboration between Chinese institutes and NIBRT. Prof. Hugh Brady, President of UCD, and Prof. Liming Wang, director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII), joined the event.
On 23rd October, in a quaint Chinese restaurant, the 8th Chinese Food & Tea Culture Workshop kicked off. This is an annual event for the Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) International programme and is held by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII). About 40 students from UCD BComm (Chinese) took part in this exciting activity with their Chinese teachers from the CII.
“The new HSK is not so difficult now that I have more confidence in learning the Chinese language,” one of the examinees said after he took the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK). On 19th October, about 60 examinees took the new HSK test in University College Dublin and still more in another test center set up in Galway.
On 19th September, nearly 40 students attended the open house for evening courses and celebrated the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival together with the teachers from the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII).
On 7th September, the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII) organized a multi-faceted training programme for Irish Chinese teachers at different levels. This day also witnessed the launch of The Chinese Teachers Association of Ireland (CTAI), which marked a historical moment in the development of Chinese teaching in Ireland. More than 50 Irish secondary school teachers and principals attended the training session, experienced Chinese language and culture and joined the CTAI.
With the mission of being “An Economic Forum Dedicated to Formulating the Best Practical Solutions”, Asian Economic Panel 2013 was successfully held in University College Dublin. Hosted by UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, The conference runs from September 2 to September 3, 2013, gathering over 20 presenters and discussants from Finland, Germany, UK, Japan, China, USA, Sweden, Australia, Korea, France and Ireland.
Following the success of the first Irish local teacher training group to China last year, 43 Irish teachers made their trip to China this year on 4th August 2013, making the group the biggest of local teacher training from Ireland. This is an intensive 2-week Chinese language and culture course in East China Normal University, which is one of the top teacher training universities in China.
On the 27th of April 2013, 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. This is the 4th year the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland have organised the Irish finals, and the standard is improving considerably year on year.
The second annual Irish National Confucius Cup Competition was held at the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) Stadium on March 24th, 2013. Around a hundred overseas Chinese, Chinese students and Irish table tennis enthusiasts gathered for the event, supported by the Chinese Embassy in Ireland, UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland and the Tamron (TENGLONG) international trade company.
The UCD Confucius Institute, with the support of the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing and the Department of Education and Skills here, has organised wide scope, multi-level, multi-faceted local teacher training projects to make Irish teachers teaching Chinese a reality.
Over the weekend of the 2nd - 3rd March 2013, sponsored by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, the second "Confucius Cup" Go Tournament was contested by bright strategists from 11 countries including Ireland, China, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Hungary, Poland and Germany, and 21 ‘Go’ clubs, with a total of 38 players.
On February 9th, 2013, the entire staff of the Confucius Institute at University College Dublin gathered together on Chinese New Year’s Eve to ring in the New Year of the Snake, making delicious dumplings, watching the Spring Festival TV Show on the big screen, enjoying Chinese cuisine and singing songs.
To celebrate the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Snake, the Chinese Embassy in Dublin and the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland hosted a spectacular Spring Festival Gala at the Convention Centre in Dublin on Wednesday 20th February 2013.
On January 31st 2013, twelve high school students and two teachers from the High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China came to Dublin to study for a period of seven days in their sister school, Belvedere College (a secondary school and Confucius Classroom under the University College Dublin Confucius Institute).
The UCD Confucius Institute organised a one day intensive Chinese Business Culture training session for Maxim Integrated staff on 17th January, providing in depth training in areas including Chinese economy, culture, business, law and language.
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