The UCD Confucius Institute successfully hosted a reception to celebrate the launch of their new Evening courses and to also welcome their new students participating in these courses.
Chinese Ambassador Zhang Xinsen, Dr Hugh Brady, UCD President, Dr Padraic Conway, Vice President for University Relations and Ms Aine Gibbon, Vice President for Development also attended the reception. In Ambassador Zhang’s speech he congratulated the UCD Confucius Institute on their progress they have made since it was officially established in September 2006. Ambassador Zhang was delighted that so many Irish people are developing an interest in China and are attending the evening courses run by UCD Confucius Institute.
In Dr Padraic Conway’s speech he addressed the President’s new mission of Serving Ireland in a global context, this can not be achieved without the commitment of internationalisation of higher education, China is an important partner of Ireland and the UCD Confucius Institute will act as a facilitator to enhance this relationship.
UCD Student Conor Rowan from the Bike to Beijing Team gave a speech about their cycle to China and the charities that they hope to raise money for. The team is setting of on 1st September 2007 from Dublin to reach Beijing 11 months later. The UCD Confucius Institute is offering sponsorship for this cycle event by way of providing Chinese Language course free of charge for the team. www.biketobeijing2008.com