On May 3rd, a delegation from Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) headed by Professor Ling She, Vice Dean of SASS Graduate School and Professor A-Ming Liu, Deputy Director of SASS International Affair Office visited UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII). UCD CII Director Professor Liming Wang and Chinese Director Professor Yongqiang Cai received the delegation.
Professor Wang introduced the Institute’s 10-year history. According to Professor Wang, UCD CII has grown into an important platform for promoting Chinese language and culture as well as China-Ireland friendship. In response to China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative, UCD CII is in the process of repositioning it from the one-way promotion to the two-way learning and exchanges as well as from teaching and training only to developing a new think tank. In order to face new opportunities and challenges, UCD CII is determined to develop in-depth collaborations with Chinese universities, research institutes and think tanks and conduct fundamental researches on the society, culture, public opinions and environment of the hosting country as well as countries along the One Belt and One Road. Confucius Institutes around the world should endeavor to provide consulting services to governments for decision-making and enterprises for business development.
Professor She and Professor Liu presented a briefing on the history and current development of SASS. As a leading research institution, SASS is designated as one of China’s 25 national think tanks. Professor She hoped that SASS would establish a collaborative relationship with UCD CII, including the possibility of establishing a Centre for China Studies at UCD to enhance the collaborative research between SASS and Irish higher education institutions, enterprises and think tanks. Both sides are looking forward to exploring more collaborative opportunities in the near future.