The mayor of Beijing, Mr Guo Jinlong attended the Fifth Anniversary Celebration of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII) along with a delegation from the Beijing government. Minister for Education and Skills, Dr. Ruari Quinn, TD, the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Mr Luo Linquan and the President of University College Dublin, Dr. Hugh Brady, also attended the event.
From the left to the right: the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Mr Luo Linquan, the President of University College Dublin, Dr. Hugh Brady, The mayor of Beijing, Mr Guo Jinlong, Minister for Education and Skills, Dr. Ruari Quinn, TD, and the Director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, Dr. Liming Wang.
Mr Guo and the Beijing delegation arrived in UCD at 5pm, 10th September. Hundreds of UCD students, Irish guests, and representatives of local Chinese communities warmly welcomed the Chinese guests at the entrance of the O’Reilly Hall. A combination of the UCD CII’s glorious past achievements in promoting Chinese language and culture in Ireland, published books and reports from the CII and the model of the soon to be built traditional Chinese buildings which comprise the Institute’s future home were all exhibited in the O’Reilly Hall.
The Director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, Dr. Liming Wang, hosted the event. He announced the greeting message from Madam Xu Lin, the Director General of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, to start the ceremony, which expressed her best regards and great confidence for a better future of UCD CII.
The Fifth Anniversary Celebration of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII)
Dr. Hugh Brady then addressed the event to welcome guests from Beijing and friends of UCD CII on behalf of the faculty and students of UCD. Dr. Hugh Brady and Mr Guo exchanged their visions and plans on the Dublin-Beijing International University project formed during their meeting in Beijing last month. Both hope to develop long term cooperation between UCD and Beijing University of Technology through each party’s strengths and efforts to establish a unique international campus. Dr. Brady also praised highly the achievements of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland since its establishment five years ago. He emphasized the crucial role the UCD CII plays as a bridge between China and Ireland.
Minister Ruari Quinn stressed the stronger than ever Sino-Irish relationship which led to the twining of Beijing and Dublin in June, 2011. He expressed the strong confidence that through this link, an even stronger cooperation will be witnessed on aspects of education, business, tourism and foreign direct investment between China and Ireland. The Irish government will provide full support to the Dublin-Beijing International University project. Minister Ruari Quinn presented the first ever Confucius Medal to H.E. Mr Guo Jinlong on behalf of University College Dublin and UCD CII which symbolizes the recognition of great contributions to Sino-Irish relations, especially educational cooperation and exchange. This honour will be awarded once every year.
Minister Ruari Quinn presented the first ever Confucius Medal to H.E. Mr Guo Jinlong.
Mr Guo Jinlong expressed his best wishes to all teachers on this, the traditional Chinese ‘Teacher’s Day’, and congratulated the UCD CII on its fifth anniversary by presenting an exquisite silk volume of “the Analects of Confucius” as a special birthday present. During his speech, Mr Guo also emphasized the full support for theDublin-Beijing International University on behalf of the Beijing municipality government.
Mr Guo Jinlong presented an exquisite silk volume of “the Analects of Confucius” as a special birthday present to CII.
Students of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland then demonstrated their skills in Chinese language and culture through performances of Chinese songs and Chinese calligraphy at the end of the ceremony which concluded the event with great success.