On 29 March 2010, more than 60 students attended a Certificate Awarding Ceremony organised by UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII).
Following their speech to congratulate the students, the First Secretary of Education Sector of Chinese Embassy in Ireland, Professor Dong Huiqing and deputy director of CII, Professor Zhang Weiguo presented certificates to those who had completed their ten-week learning in the evening classes run by CII.
Since 2007, up to 450 students have benefited from the learning courses offered by CII. The courses included Mandarin Chinese at beginners, post-beginners, intermediate and upper-intermediate level, Chinese culture and society, Chinese business culture, Chinese martial arts and calligraphy.
A new round of evening courses has been started on 12th April 2010 and several new courses have been added for those who will visit Shanghai Expo between May and October this year, such as “Doing business in China” and “Tourism Chinese”. With the support of Enterprise Ireland and China Ireland Association, short-term intensive training courses which specially designed for Irish companies and organisations will soon start running.