UCD Confucius centre project runs another €2m over budget

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University College Dublin (UCD) Confucius Centre, a building part-funded by the Chinese Government, has now run €4.8 million over budget, following a recent €2 million increase in costs. At a meeting of the university’s governing authority, it was revealed the project would require an additional €2 million, following a dispute with the construction contractors Glenman Corporation …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 13 November]

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High fees deterring emigrants from sending kids to Irish universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Almost 60% of Irish expat parents in Asia are not interested in sending their children to attend university in Ireland as they do not feel Irish higher education institutions offer value for money, a new survey has shown. Britain and the US are the top destinations of choice …” (more)

[Clifford Coonan, Irish Times, 14 June]

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Academics and Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The double standards on display in UCC should be obvious. While academics there call for boycotts against Israel, they seem more than happy with the UCC links to China via the Confucius Institute …” (more)

[Paul Williams, Irish Times, 21 January]

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President Deeks Travels to Meet Chinese vice minister of Education over Confucius Centre ‘Progress’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD President Andrew Deeks last month met the Chinese vice minister for Education Hao Ping in China, and reportedly discussed ‘the progress of the construction project’ on the UCD campus …” (more)

[College Tribune, 2 January]

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Irish universities and the Chinese connection – is it worth the money?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Can China save Ireland’s universities? The number of Chinese students here is on the rise – and their fees may be worth €500 million to our cash-strapped third-level sector.Last month, Ireland was given ‘country of honour’ status at China Education Expo 2016, a prestigious education exhibition in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai …” (more)

[Peter McGuire and Jack Power, Irish Times, 31 October]

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Russia tops league for number of visas to study in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Russia tops the league table for the number of study visas to Ireland issued over the last three years, followed by Saudi Arabia, China and India. India had the highest number of visas refused for an individual country …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 12 October]

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Chinese Ministry of Education Inspects Confucius Institute in UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The news comes as a new €7 million Confucius Centre is currently being constructed for the Institute beside the Engineering building in UCD. The first inspection of the Institute by the PRC (People’s Republic of China) government was in 2012 …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 22 September]

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Chinese Ministry of Education Inspects Confucius Institute in UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“It can be revealed that the controversial Chinese Ministry of Education inspects the Confucius Institute in UCD. The news comes as a new €7 million Confucius Centre is currently being constructed for the Institute beside the Engineering building in UCD …” (more)

[College Tribune, 13 September]

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Chinese student market: can the West weather a perfect storm?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 26th, 2016 by steve

China“In the late 1970s, Marguerite Dennis was a young admissions officer at Georgetown University in Washington DC. At the time, Iranians were the most populous group of international students on campus …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 26 May]

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We cannot change our core values for Chinese students

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2016 by steve

China“One of the great ironic juxtapositions of 2015 must surely have been the cheering, red-T-shirted crowds lining the Mall in London for the carriage procession of China’s president, Xi Jinping, to Buckingham Palace, while, half a mile away, a very different crowd queued for tickets to Ai Weiwei’s exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts …” (more)

[Tao Zhang, Times Higher Education, 14 Janauary]

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UCC head silent on student loan idea

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“UCC president Dr Michael Murphy said he wasn’t going to waste a minute thinking about ‘kite flying’ when asked his opinion on the student loan system being explored by an expert group due to report to the Minister for Education next month …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 18 December]

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IT Carlow deal with Shanghai

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“One of China’s leading finance universities has signed a strategic co-operation agreement with IT Carlow, that will expose Irish students to industry and academic expertise at a global scale in one of the world’s leading financial centres …” (more)

[Colm Lambert, Carlow People, 12 December]

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State Street sets up R&D programme with UCC and Chinese university

Posted in Research on December 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“International bank State Street is linking up with University College Cork (UCC) and Zhejiang University (ZJU) in eastern China to set up an R&D facility in both universities to help develop programmes in the financial technology sector …” (more)

[Clifford Coonan, Irish Times, 10 December]

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AIT develops joint degree with leading Chinese university

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Chinese Ministry of Education has approved a joint degree in design between Athlone Institute of Technology and Jianghan University in Wuhan, China. One hundred students have commenced on the programme in China …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 29 October]

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Ireland seeks to boost its position as a Chinese education destination

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan was in Beijing last week to promote Ireland’s educational establishments in a country that places an extremely high value on education and training. Although the number of Chinese students coming to Ireland rose strongly last year …” (more)

[Clifford Coonan, Irish Times, 27 October]

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Irish universities must collaborate to attract overseas students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Each October the Higher Education Expo is held China’s four largest cities. It is a massive education fair attended by universities and colleges from around the world seeking to attract Chinese students: it is the most important recruiting and networking event of the year …” (more)

[Paul McCutcheon, Irish Times, 26 October]

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Ireland poised for strong growth in Chinese student numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan expects strong growth in coming years in the number of Chinese students coming to Ireland’s third-level institutes, as she began a trade mission to China …” (more)

[Clifford Coonan, Irish Times, 22 October]

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Ross O’Carroll-Kelly and China

Posted in Life on October 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – It is said that one chooses to be offended. Therefore, I would like to declare that I am offended by Dr Jerusha McCormack (October 17th) being offended by what she interprets as a calculated attack by Paul Howard and The Irish Times on Chinese children and adolescents to prevent Irish universities from recruiting them …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 20 October]

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Ross O’Carroll-Kelly and China

Posted in Life on October 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As an Irish academic lecturing this year in two leading Chinese universities (Peking University and Beijing Foreign Studies University), I find the most recent Ross O’Carroll-Kelly piece featuring an eight-year-old exchange student named Pang offensive (October 10th). The portrayal of her as as a smoking, foul-mouthed, and violent juvenile is odd in itself …” (more)

[Jerusha McCormack, Irish Times, 17 October]

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Trinity Centre for Asian Studies Officially Opened

Posted in Research, Teaching on October 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity launched its new Centre for Asian Studies today at a ceremony in Front Square. The centre was opened by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan …” (more)

[Paul Glynn, University Times, 7 October]

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