The Confucius Institute Headquarters delegation paid a visit to University College Dublin from 19th November to 22nd November. The CI delegation was led by Prof. Huiling Yang, vice president of Renmin University of China, and comprised eight members from CI Headquarters, Renmin University of China and China State Construction Engineering Corporation.
Dr. Hugh Brady, president of UCD, and Prof. Liming Wang, director of the UCD CII, warmly welcomed the CI Headquarters delegation. During the four-day visit, the delegation discussed the proposed Confucius Institute project, listened to the introduction, overview and history of the development of the UCD campus, and visited the proposed site of the new building for the UCD CII and some other key buildings in UCD.
On 20th November, the delegation visited the location of the proposed new building for the UCD CII. To promote the Chinese language, academic study, and public awareness of Chinese culture in Ireland, and to strengthen educational, cultural and business links between both countries, a new 2000sq. metre building was proposed in 2010 to support and enable the activities of the UCD CII. The new building will have a prominent lake side setting, located at the heart of the UCD campus.
The delegation also paid a visit to the New O'Brien Centre, Student Centre, James Joyce Library and the newly built UCD Sutherland School of Law. They were especially impressed by the world class infrastructure in the Sutherland School of Law, such as the student-centred breakout spaces and the dynamic auditoria for lectures and moot courts.
The delegation paid a site visit to the proposed new building for UCD CII.
On 21st November, the delegation visited the UCD CII regional training center at the Galway Education Center. Then they returned to UCD campus and visited the CII office where the delegation met the UCD CII Chinese teachers. Prof. Liming Wang briefly introduced the overview, operating systems and main achievements of the Institute since its inception in 2006. The delegation paid great tribute to the efforts the staff from the UCD CII have made to promote Chinese language and culture in Ireland.
The president of UCD and the vice president of Renmin University of China exchanged gifts.
During the visit, Dr. Hugh Brady, Prof. Huiling Yang, and Prof. Liming Wang expressed their positive attitude towards the construction of the proposed new building for UCD CII. Under the leadership of both Dr. Hugh Brady and the director of the UCD CII, and thanks to the efforts from all staff, the UCD CII has demonstrated its success in teaching and promoting Chinese language and culture, international exchanges and cooperation and sustainable development, and is now on the journey to become a model Confucius Institute worldwide. Meanwhile, UCD CII has been playing a hugely influential role and is well integrated with mainstream Irish society. It has become a bridge of friendship between China and Ireland.