On 18th August 2014, UCD witnessed the opening ceremony of Inaugural International Conference on Creative Economics and the unveiling ceremony of Sino-European Research Centre for Creative Economy. H.E. Jianguo Xu, the Chinese Ambassador, and Dr. Brendan Halligan, Chairman of the Institute of International and European Affairs and Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, presented the ceremony and unveiled the plague. Representatives from the Irish businesses, government agencies, and academic institutions were invited to witness the exciting moment and interact with the delegation of entrepreneurs who came a long way from China.
At the ceremony, the Ambassador H.E. Jianguo Xu reviewed both the success that China has achieved through the Reform and Open-door Policy in the recent 30 years as well as the challenges ahead for China. He pointed out that changing the development mode of economy is an urgent task for China at this moment and in the near future, and in the process of changing the development mode of economy, creative economy is the inevitable approach. Ambassador Xu said that it is absolutely the right time for UCD Confucius Institute and China Creative Economy Research Institute to found Sino-European Research Centre for Creative Economy and that the study of it is far from enough to meet the demand of practice. He hoped that the Research Centre could make the best use of the industrial and resource advantages of Ireland and Europe, increase the research capability of creative economy, serve and cooperate with industries between China and Ireland, and between China and Europe. The Chinese Embassy in Ireland will provide support and assistance whenever needed.
Professor Liming Wang, Director of UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland welcomed the establishment of the Centre and said the European Commission has total budget of €445 million for the Culture Sub-programmes from 2014 to 2020 under “Creative Europe (2014-2020)”, and €38 million for 2015 to reinforce the cultural and creative sectors’ capacity to operate transnationally and internationally. Therefore the establishment of the Research Centre is not only timely but also historically significant in building the bridge in creative sectors between Europe and China.
The keynote speaker at the Inaugural International Conference on Creative Economics is Professor Tiejun Wang from Beijing, who founded “China Creative Economy School”. According to Professor Wang, Professor John Hawkins from the United Kingdom first proposed the concept of “creative industry” in 1997, and since then the theoretical framework for creative economics has not been completely established yet. Professor Tiejun Wang proposed a theoretical framework for creative economics in 2012 and thereafter founded and set up “China Creative Economy Research Institute” and “China Creative Economy School” to promote research on creative economics, especially its theoretical framework, learning, application, and operation among international entrepreneurs, government officials, and professionals in creative industry.
The mission of Sino-Europe Research Centre for Creative Economy is to enhance the study and application of Creative Economics and to promote the development of creative economy globally. Professor Tiejun Wang was appointed as the Chinese Director of Centre, Professor Liming Wang as the European Director, and Dr. Chenhui Wen as the Secretary General. The delegation consisted of 15 entrepreneurs from China. After their 3-day workshop in Dublin, the delegation will head on Stockholm and Paris to complete this study trip.