On October 4, 2015, the delegation from Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) headed by Prof. Liu Wei, Vice President of BLCU, visited UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland. A meeting was held in the Institute to explore possibilities of establishing links and cooperation in the areas such as Chinese language teaching, teacher training programme and degree programmes. Prof. Liming Wang, Director of UCD Confucius Institute, Prof. Yongqiang Cai, Chinese Director, and teacher representatives from the Institute attended the meeting.
Prof. Liu Wei praised the significant achievements of UCD Confucius Institute, particularly its variety of activities and events were attended by local ordinary people as well as senior Chinese leaders. The BLCU, meanwhile, has become an important focal base for promoting both Chinese language and culture with the total of over 180,000 graduated oversea students up till now. By virtue of further cooperation between UCD Confucius Institute and BLCU, the development of Chinese language teaching and promotion should embrace a faster growth in Ireland.
Prof. Lixia Chen, Division Director of Confucius Institute at BLCU, and Prof. Yue Mao, Vice Director of Faculty of International Education of Chinese Language, made a brief introduction to recent researches and development of BLCU on teacher training, teaching materials and international students training programme. The localization of Chinese textbook and the promotion of Chinese language and culture at Irish secondary schools have been also discussed at the meeting.
Given the remarkable role that BLCU has played in both teaching and research in the area of teaching Chinese as a foreign language, Prof. Wang reinforced the necessities of strengthen ties between two sides. In the aspects of developing localised teaching materials, teacher training programme and degree programmes, UCD Confucius Institute will benefit enormously from the collaboration with the BLCU, which should propel the development of teaching Chinese language and culture in Ireland to a higher level.