DIT opens new office in Hainan, China

23rd January 2013: DIT today officially opened its new office in Haikou on the Chinese island of Hainan.   The opening of this office is an important milestone in the implementation of DIT’s international strategy and will be an important support and point of contact for Chinese students interested in studying at DIT. DIT has been working with Chinese partners for over ten years since its ground breaking partnership with Harbin Institute of Technology. The setting up of a new office by DIT will facilitate the development of new strategic relationships for DIT in China.

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The decision by DIT to locate its new office in Hainan reflects its commitment to the development of Hainan International Tourism College in collaboration with local development company China Aroma Investment Corporation. The new college will offer programmes in hospitality management, tourism, culinary arts, food safety and environmental health. The Chinese government plan for the development of the Island of Hainan includes two strategic priorities for higher education – the first is the establishment of the Hainan International Tourism College, and the second to attract international universities to have a presence on the island.

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Professor Michael Devereux, Director and Dean of the College of Sciences and Health, at the opening

Welcoming guests to the new office, Professor Michael Devereux, Dean of the DIT College of Sciences and Health, said ‘DIT is delighted to be supporting these two objectives and delivering on them represents a major element of our internationalisation strategy.’

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Mr. Niall Murray, President of the Macau-Ireland Chamber of Commerce and DIT graduate,
with Dr. Dominic Dillane, Head of DIT School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Speaking by video link at the official launch, Head of Education at Enterprise Ireland Marina Donohue warmly welcomed the opening of the new office by DIT. ‘‘These projects are responsive to the Irish government’s strategy for the internationalisation of Irish higher education and Enterprise Ireland is delighted to support DIT in every way we can with these exciting and very significant projects’.

The opening was attended by local Chinese dignitaries, prospective DIT students from Hainan and their parents, alumni from the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, Dean of the College of Sciences and Health Professor Michael Devereux and by the Head of School of Hospitality Management and Tourism Dr. Dominic Dillane.

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Mr. Zhen Yao, graduate of the Masters in Hospitality Management and Tourism at DIT speaking at the opening

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