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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Ambassador ‘surprised’ Chinese not in Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on May 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“China’s ambassador to Ireland has expressed ‘surprise’ at the fact that Chinese is the only official language of the UN not examined at Leaving Cert level …” (more)

[Geraldine Gittens, Independent, 16 May]

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Could Ireland become a leading country for studying Chinese?

Posted in Teaching on October 29th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The ties between China and Ireland are growing thanks to two new initiatives being introduced by Trinity College Dublin (TCD). The university has just announced a new Masters in Chinese Studies and the opening of the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies …” (more)

[The, 29 October]

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Quinn urges students to learn Chinese

Posted in Teaching on June 16th, 2014 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has urged young people to learn Mandarin Chinese, as China is fast becoming the world’s biggest superpower …” (more)

[Alyson Henry, Independent, 16 June]

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Quinn says Chinese will be offered as Leaving Cert subject

Posted in Teaching on May 4th, 2012 by steve

“Chinese is to be offered as a Leaving Certificate exam subject, according to Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn. He announced his plans in Portlaoise, Co Laois, yesterday, at the official announcement of a transition-year course on Chinese language and culture …” (more)

[Eoghan Mac Connell, Irish Times, 4 May]

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Irish secondary students to learn Chinese

Posted in Teaching on May 3rd, 2012 by steve

“A growing number of students in the Republic of Ireland are studying Chinese culture and language. As Ireland struggles out of a deep recession, it is looking to adapt to a new world order …” (more)

[BBC News, 3 May]


Insufficient cash to add Chinese to second-level curriculum

Posted in Teaching on March 9th, 2012 by steve

“Mandarin Chinese will not be added to the list of languages taught to Irish teenagers at second level – because government funding shortages mean the list cannot be expanded …” (more)

[, 9 March]

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Foreign languages

Posted in Teaching on July 7th, 2011 by steve

Senator Paschal Mooney: I welcome the Minister of State to the House. When I went through details of foreign languages being offered in the education system, with particular reference to what I consider to be minority languages, I was surprised to learn that Mandarin Chinese does not feature on the school curriculum …” (more)

[Seanad Éireann, 5 July]

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Martin calls for Chinese for Leaving Cert

Posted in Teaching on May 29th, 2010 by steve

“Minister for Foreign Affairs Michael Martin has called on the Government and relevant authorities to introduce Chinese for the Leaving Certificate …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 28 May]

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