On 22nd February 2014, the 7th annual conference of the Association for Chinese Studies in Ireland (ACSI) in conjunction with the Confucius PhD students forum was held in the Newman building, University College Dublin.
The conference was hosted by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, the Confucius PhD Students Forum, the Institute of International and European Affairs, and the Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin, and sponsored by Brown Thomas.
Around 40 participants including experts, scholars, businessmen and students attended the conference and discussed the theme “Fulfilling the China dream: history in the making”. The conference consisted of three sessions, with each session composed of the presentation of the paper and a round of open discussion.
Professor Liming Wang, Chairman of the Association for Chinese Studies in Ireland and director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, kicked off the proceedings with his welcome address. In the first session, ‘the Economic Reality’, Prof. Louis Brennan from Trinity College Dublin gave a presentation entitled “Assessing China’s Outward Foreign Direct Investment”. Dr. Yuanyuan Ma from University College Dublin discussed “Do we need more public investment in education? Estimating the external returns to education in China”. In the second session, ‘The Role of Business’, Prof. Cathal Brugha from University College Dublin analysed the mutual understanding, business success, and conflict resolution between different countries. Mr. William Wu from Huawei Tech. Ireland also gave an introduction about “Huawei and the World”. In the last session, ‘the Cultural Reality’, Dr. Henry Leperlier from Dublin Institute of Technology discussed the distortion of history and linguistic identities, while Mr. Huayu Cao, a PhD candidate, gave a presentation about the Chinese dream and our responsibility.
During the one-day conference, all the speakers presented their own viewpoints and answered questions from other experts and scholars. Their discussions and exchanges on these fundamental and critical themes created a very passionate atmosphere.
Founded in 2006, the Association for Chinese Studies in Ireland (ACSI) is devoted to academic communication and cooperation between China and Ireland on diverse fields such as politics, economics and culture. The UCD Confucius PhD Forum has been running for 5 years and has gone from strength to strength over the years. The conference and the forum have both made a very valuable contribution to the development of the bilateral relationship, and are becoming a brand and a prestigious platform for such vital discussions and exchanges between Ireland and China in the modern world.