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.
This exciting new development is a direct response to an increase in demand for Chinese Studies classes in post primary schools in the Galway/Mayo and broader western Ireland region. Such was the interest that the need for a local venue providing cultural and linguistic training directly to teachers in the region became imperative. The first of the language courses, a 10 week basic Mandarin and Chinese teaching skills module will begin this autumn.
Pic 1: Unveiling the plaque at the launch were: (L – R) Bernard Kirk, Director, Galway Education Centre; Wu Xiaochuang, 2nd Secretary, Chinese Embassy; Ciaran Cannon T.D., Minister of State for Training and Skills; Dr. Liming Wang, Director, UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland
To announce this new development, UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland director Dr. Liming Wang travelled to Galway where Minister of State for Training and Skills, Ciaran Cannon TD unveiled a plaque and officially launched the regional Centre, with Mr. Wu Xiaochuang, 2nd Secretary of the Chinese Embassy as special guest. Speaking at the event, Minister Cannon said, “It is a great pleasure for me to launch this strategic partnership for teacher training and the promotion of Chinese Studies, the teaching of Mandarin and future cooperation between schools in China and the West of Ireland region. It is a very important day for education in the West of Ireland. This new partnership between the UCD Confucius Institute and Galway Education Centre has the potential to create real opportunities and fulfil the demand that has been increasing for a local venue in which teachers at all levels can avail of Chinese Culture and language training. I recently visited China to grow and strengthen the very close relationship that exists between Irish and Chinese Universities, a relationship that means we have almost four thousand Chinese students studying in Ireland. I value that relationship and I have recently commenced classes in Mandarin so that I can communicate more effectively with our Chinese Partners in education.”
Pic 2: Teachers from Galway and surrounding regional schools undergoing training during the launch
Bernard Kirk, director of the Galway Education Centre spoke of his hopes for the future of the partnership, “It is our plan to work closely with the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland to help develop Chinese Studies in the region and secure ‘Confucius Classroom’ status for the Galway Education Centre. We hope to develop the Galway Education Centre as a hub for training and learning in Chinese for the West of Ireland. This is a major development for teachers and young people in the West of Ireland and we look forward to playing an active role in the progress and further development of this exciting, innovative and important initiative.”
Pic 3: Group photo of all staff and dignitaries at the Galway Regional Training Centre launch
Dr. Liming Wang agreed saying, “Forming a strategic partnership to promote Chinese Studies in Galway and the western Ireland region is hugely important to us. We are very pleased to have The Galway Education Centre join our over 360 global partners across 104 countries all around the world”.