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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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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The Confucius Centre Controversy

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

Ireland“The editorial of a newspaper is a space and opportunity for the editor to express the opinions of the publication, generally on a pertinent topic in recent news. I feel there will be little revelations more pressing to UCD students in the coming weeks as the controversy emerging over the cost of the new Confucius Centre in UCD. €4,100,000 or €4.1 million is now the bill UCD has been left with in order to complete the project, to avoid a diplomatic incident with the Chinese government …” (more)

[College Tribune, 12 November]

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President Deeks Claims Confucius Overrun ‘Will Not Impact’ other Campus Projects

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCD college President Andrew Deeks has issued a statement to staff on the Confucius Institute building revelations, claiming the increased €4.1 million UCD bill will ‘not impact on other capital projects on campus’ …” (more)

[College Tribune, 27 October]

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UCD refused extra €2.5m for Confucius Centre

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government rejected a plea from University College Dublin for an extra €2.5 million needed to build a Chinese government-backed building on its campus, despite fears that delays could cause a diplomatic incident with Beijing …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 25 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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Ulster University language staff in Confucius Institute closure warning

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2015 by steve

UK“Modern languages staff at Ulster University warn its vice chancellor that its Confucius Institute may have to close …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 23 October]

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Jonathan Bell And The Confucius Institute: The Unregistered Interest

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2015 by steve

UK“Much has been made of Jonathan Bell’s trip to China, it emerged that his trip was not paid for out of public money nor from the Confucius Institute at the University of Ulster – the Irish News reporting that a university spokeswoman said ‘no’ to the question of if the institute had paid for the trip …” (more)

[Kris Nixon, Slugger O’Toole, 16 October]

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Chinese courses to end at ‘Confucius’ university

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2015 by steve

UK“All Chinese language courses are to end at a university chosen to help foster closer ties between China and the north. Massive budget reductions mean Ulster University plans to shut down its school of modern languages. It is also ending stand-alone maths degrees as part of cuts that will see as many as 70 different courses go across six subject areas …” (more)

[Simon Doyle, Irish News, 11 September]

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Confucius says it’s time for Irish students to fly to China

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Next week, staff from 25 universities and eight secondary schools in China will arrive in Ireland hoping to attract students. No foreign country has become so embedded in our education system in recent years as China …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 27 May]

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Almost one in three colleges ‘won’t hit performance targets’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Almost a third of higher education institutions believe they will fail to achieve performance targets upon which a portion of their funding depends, a survey shows. The Deloitte financial survey of the higher education sector identifies a ‘high sense of uncertainty’ among universities, institutes of technology and private colleges, as well as frustration with perceived Government interference with management affairs …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 21 April]

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UCD, China and the Confucius Institute

Posted in Governance and administration on April 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It was alarming to read in The Irish Times that UCD has undertaken to fund its new Confucius Institute to the tune of €500,000 per year for the next 10 years, and to be responsible for its running for the next 50 years …” (more)

[Anthony O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 April]

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Confucius Institute to get free UCD lease arrangement

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has agreed with the Chinese government to jointly operate a controversial new Confucius Institute on the Belfield campus until at least 2066, contracts between the two parties reveal …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 17 April]

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UCD’s Confucius Institute to be jointly operated and funded by China

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The brochure for UCD’s planned €7.4 million Confucius Institute could not be more enthusiastic. ‘A landmark modern building’, it reads. ‘Prominent lakeside setting. At the heart of the UCD campus. Inspired by traditional Chinese architecture.’ But many academics on campus are far from enamoured at the prospect …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 17 April]

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Confucius Institutes: Are they free from the Chinese state?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2014 by steve

China“A large scale school and university education programme, funded by the Chinese government, has been under attack in both the USA and Canada …” (more, video)

[BBC News, 22 December]

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Go East? Chinese Universities and Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A TL:DR of Irish university internationalisation plans would be: get Chinese students, link with Chinese universities. I’m not at all sure that this makes sense, economically or otherwise …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 30 December]

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UCD unveils plan for new ‘temple style’ Chinese institute on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“UCD has filed for planning permission for a new Chinese ‘temple-style’ building on campus, which will house the Confucius Institute. The Chinese government sponsors around 450 such institutes around the world, but is the first time it has ever provided funding to help construct a building dedicated to the cultural programme …” (more)

[Luke Byrne, Independent, 4 November]

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Cog Notes: Is UCD’s Confucius Institute out of step?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Not everyone was toasting Jan O’Sullivan’s first education budget, but when she visits China this week they’ll be raising a glass to the Government for its €3 million investment in UCD’s Confucius Institute …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 28 October]

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