Irish-Chinese university collaborations

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In his letter ‘Trinity and Chinese universities’ (March 29th), Prof Nathan Hill writes that ‘the increasing marginalisation and oppression of minorities constitutes an imperative to pursue collaborations with the Central University for Nationalities [Minzu University of China (MUC)] and other nationality universities rather than a reason to hesitate in our engagement with Chinese university partners’ …” (more)

[Caitríona Ní Dhúill and others, Irish Times, 10 April]

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Trinity and Chinese universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Irish Times has carried articles that report on a controversy surrounding Irish collaboration with a university that until recently was called ‘The Central University for Nationalities’ (‘UCC academics concerned at deepening links with Minzu University’, News, November 25th). When the Chinese Communist Party in 1949 created the People’s Republic of China, it envisioned a land of multiethnic and multilingual flourishing …” (more)

[Nathan Hill, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Irish universities and China: walking an ethical tightrope

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have been forging closer links with China over recent years as they try to boost their private income against a backdrop of declining Government funding. In doing so, they are performing a delicate balancing act: trying to boost their bottom line while not compromising their principles over issues such as academic freedom and civil rights …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 23 March]

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NUI Universities Warned Over Links to International Partnerships

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) will not proceed with a project to form a ‘joint college’ with Minzu University of China, a university that specialises in ethnic studies. UCC have not yet explained why they have chosen to abandon the project, but they warned that there could be ‘repercussions’ if the former partner university were to believe the project had been abandoned due to ethical concerns …” (more)

[Caolan Dooley, College Tribune, 8 March]

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UCC to abandon joint college project with Chinese university

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork is not going ahead with a controversial project to form a ‘joint college’ with a Chinese university that specialises in ethnic studies. The university has not said why the project is being abandoned but, in an review commissioned by UCC, the university was warned that there could be ‘repercussions’ if the Chinese believed the project had been withdrawn over ethical concerns …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 4 March]

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Queen’s University fails to address issues relating to Chinese flights

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2021 by steve

“Internal Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) documentation highlights senior university officials expressing concern at the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on international student recruitment. This documentation, seen by The Detail, also shows how the university values just eight international students as having an economic impact equivalent to £1 million …” (more)

[Rory Winters, The Detail, 24 February]

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Growing links between Irish and Chinese universities must be examined, Senator says

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government has been warned that developing links between Irish and Chinese universities must be scrutinised because of concerns about human rights violations in China. Independent Senator Rónán Mullen said the State’s education system may be ‘contaminated’ as a result of developing these links amid such violations …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 22 February]

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The Communist Party’s grip threatens academic cooperation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2021 by steve

“‘China’ has become the elephant in the room that we, in the field of international higher education, can no longer ignore. What exactly this elephant looks like is still in dispute between those who prefer to ‘engage’ with the rising superpower in the East and those who propose to ‘contain’ an emerging adversary that challenges established Western norms …” (more)

[Queenie KH Lam, University World News, 20 February]

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Can Biden help reset China-US HE and research relations?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Research on November 30th, 2020 by steve

“The geopolitical, trade and technology tensions between the United States and China will continue to have an impact on higher education collaboration between academics and universities in the two countries under US President-Elect Joe Biden, higher education experts say, although they see a likely change of tone under Biden which could ease some current friction which is affecting student flows from China …” (more)

[Yojana Sharma, University World News, 25 November]

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How the pandemic has affected UL international students

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Every year students from all over the world attend the University of Limerick for a semester as part of the Erasmus program. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Universities throughout Ireland have adopted online teaching methods this semester, which has resulted in many international students being unable to travel to Limerick for the year …” (more)

[Luyao Liu, Limerick Voice, 29 November]

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UCC academics concerned at deepening links with Minzu University

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Academics in University College Cork (UCC) have expressed concern about plans to deepen links with a controversial university in China. Fifty academics from the university have signed a letter seeking a detailed report on whether Minzu University in China is linked to human rights abuses against the Uighur people in Xinjiang, and other minority groups …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 25 November]

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UCC criticised for links with controversial Chinese university

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork is considering deepening its relationship with a controversial university in China that the Beijing regime uses to educate students from ethnic minorities, many of whom go on to become Chinese Communist Party officials or cadres …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 28 October]

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China defends Confucius Institutes now under fire from US

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2020 by steve

“Following scathing political attacks from the Trump administration China on Friday defended its Confucius Institutes as apolitical facilitators of cultural and language exchange. The administration last week urged US schools and colleges to rethink their ties to the institutes that bring Chinese language classes to America but, according to federal officials, also invite a ‘malign influence’ from China …” (more)

[Independent, 16 October]

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Queen’s University charters flights to bring Chinese students to Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast for the second time in two weeks has chartered a Qatar Airways plane to bring hundreds of Chinese students to Belfast. On Saturday about 400 new and returning Queen’s University students were flown into Northern Ireland from Beijing by Boeing 777 to begin the college term. Two weeks previously the university chartered a flight to bring in about 370 Chinese students …” (more)

[Gerry Moriarty, Irish Times, 4 October]

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Queen’s University chartered £616 a ticket flight from China for students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University, Belfast has brought hundreds of students to Northern Ireland direct from China on a chartered jumbo jet. The Boeing 777 aircraft, operated by Qatar Airways and carrying the 369 new and returning students, landed at Belfast International Airport from Beijing on Saturday …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 21 September]

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China v America: why universities are on the front line

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2020 by steve

“The covid-19 pandemic could cause a massive drop in the number of Chinese students travelling abroad. That would be disastrous for many Western universities – but for the Chinese government, it is a geopolitical opportunity …” (video)

[The Economist, 4 September]

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What agents say about the plans of Chinese students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2020 by steve

“Universities that host international students face grim COVID-related challenges. There is a lot of uncertainty among international students regarding their plans to study abroad. For a large number of universities around the world there is an urgent need to understand what these students will do …” (more)

[Ying Yang, Jenna Mittelmeier, Miguel Antonio Lim and Sylvie Lomer, University World News, 11 July]

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UK universities comply with China’s internet restrictions

Posted in Teaching on July 9th, 2020 by steve

“UK universities are testing a new online teaching link for students in China – which will require course materials to comply with Chinese restrictions on the internet. It enables students in China to keep studying UK degrees online, despite China’s limits on internet access …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 9 July]

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Queen’s University charters jet to bring Chinese students direct to Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University has chartered a jumbo jet at a cost of around £600,000 to bring hundreds of students directly from China to Belfast in September, the Irish News can reveal. It comes amid fears that a drastic loss of income from its international student intake would leave a hole in its budget running into millions of pounds …” (more)

[Gary McDonald, Irish News, 8 July]

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Censorship Controversy Sees Rebrand for Confucius Institutes

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Ministry for Education in China has decided to rebrand its Confucius Institutes as centres for ‘language exchange and cooperation’. This decision may see the UCD Confucius Institute, which was completed last year, rebranded accordingly …” (more)

[Blathnaid Corless, College Tribune, 5 July]

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