DIT participates in State Visit to China

Posted: 10 December, 2014

During the visit by President Higgins to the People’s Republic of China, DIT is taking the opportunity to support this important visit by reinforcing its many links with Chinese Higher Education Institutions. In addition, representatives of DIT are meeting DIT staff and students currently working and studying in various Chinese Institutions under various agreements, as well as establishing a DIT graduate network in China. Over many years, DIT has established strong relationships with many Chinese Universities, including the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) and Universities of the Electronic  Science and Technology China (UESTC) which are top Chinese universities in the 985 league. These relationships have fostered staff and student mobility between many schools and colleges of DIT and Chinese institutions and this interaction has led to a number of research initiatives.  DIT is committed to building on these relationships into the future.

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On Sunday the 7th of December, the Director of Student Services Dr Noel O’Connor and Head of International Partnering and Engagement Prof Bing Wu met with DIT students from year 3 of the Business and Language (Chinese) Programme and some DIT alumni in Beijing. 

As a part of this visit, DIT is meeting senior representatives of the Chinese Ministry of Education (MoE) on Monday the 8th of December in the MoE.

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Promoting trade as well as interaction between Ireland and China is a key objective of this visit. In this regard, Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the Industry Development Authority (IDA) have played a significant role in promoting engagement.  On Tuesday the 9th of December, DIT signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the UESTC at an event hosted by EI and IDA.   Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, Ms Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland (and member of DIT Governing Body) and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charles Flanagan TD, were on hand to witness the signing of the MOU by Dr. Noel O’Connor.

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Representatives of DIT will visit many Chinese Higher Education Institutions including Tangshan Industrial Vocational and Technological College (TIVTC) and Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU).

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DIT staff also visited the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) on Wednesday the 10th of December. DIT has a long-standing agreement with BLCU. During the state visit, Dr Noel O’Connor and Prof Bing Wu visited the university and met BLCU Vice President, Prof Luxin Wang and other senior staff. Discussions confirmed the existing commitments  and explored new potential areas activities.

 

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Embassy Event

Before leaving Beijing, the Irish Ambassador Mr Paul Kavanagh hosted a formal reception in honour of President and Mrs Higgins. DIT staff and students attended this event.

 

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