Traditional dance performance

Last Saturday the Gleeson Hall in DIT Kevin Street was transformed into a hall of Chinese celebration by students who are all members of the Chinese Students Scholars Association in Ireland. The CSSA has members in many universities and colleges around the country, and DIT hosted their first major new year celebration. The hall was festooned with red lanterns and multi-coloured balloons, and the 400+ guests were dressed for the occasion. The Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Sha Hailin, and the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton welcomed the guests to an afternoon of music, dance and entertainment as well as Chinese delicacies. Professor Norton said DIT now has some 200 students from China, and welcomes the cultural richness that they bring to the student experience in DIT. "Our delegation was very warmly welcomed in China during the recent trade mission led by An Taoiseach, and we have strengthened our links through agreements with Tsinghua University in Beijing and ECUST in Shanghai."

Ms Dani Cui, an International business and language student from DIT, was one of the main organisers of the event and acted as compere for the afternoon, introducing the performers who came from Dublin, Galway, Cork, Limerick and Belfast for the day. A modern dance group from University of Limerick took first prize for their performance.

To crown the celebration, a large new year's cake was ceremonially cut by His Excellency, the Ambassador and Professor Norton, assisted by Ms Amy Zheng who is also studying International business and language at DIT.

Ms Amy Zheng offers guests New Year cake

Ms Dani Cui introduces performers

Professor Norton and Dr. Bing Wu celebrate with students

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