Ambassador & Department of Education visit to BDIC

September 21, 2016

A delegation led by the Irish Ambassador to China and the Irish Ministry of Education and Skills visited BDIC and met with students. Before the meeting, the delegation went to the BJUT north sports field to observe a BDIC Gaelic Football class. The meeting then took place in the BDIC offices in the interactive teaching space on the 7th floor of BJUT Teaching Building 4. At the start of the meeting, BDIC students sang The Fields of Athenry and then played The Marino Waltz violin solo. During the meeting, four BDIC student representatives made English language presentations on their academic study, studying in UCD, cultural communication and social issues, providing knowledge and understanding to the Assistant Secretary, Ambassador and other distinguished visitors. Students were then divided into small groups for informal discussions with the visiting delegates. Ambassador Kavanagh also sang a traditional18th century Irish song at the end of his lecture. 

Deputy Secretary General Mary Doyle then gave a lecture, emphasising the importance of cooperation with BJUT and the benefits that would accrue to both sides. She also stressed that cultural communication activities at Sino-foreign ventures were very helpful in promoting students’ ability to interact and communicate socially. She said that Irish education methodology would benefit from traditional Chinese culture. Towards the end of the meeting, BJUT President Prof. Gonghui Liu presented special gifts to the Irish Department of Education & Skills Assistant Secretary and to the Irish Ambassador. A BDIC student representative then presented self-designed posters to the guests. The posters contained various pictures from cultural activities that had taken place since the establishment of BDIC, expressing the respect and gratitude of the students.   Wei An, a student from stage 3, and Ziting Ma from stage 1 spoke of the benefits of this type of activity. According to An, “It would be very difficult to have the opportunity to talk with an Ambassador in a normal Chinese University. The College has provided a great opportunity for us to practice integrating with social life abroad”. Ma felt that “the Ambassador discussed some really interesting topics with us and stressed that apart from knowledge, we should also learn some other skills, for example communication with people in other countries. The Ambassador felt that whether in University life or life in general, these skills would improve us as people.”

From left: Prof. Wenying Wu, Director BJUT International office; Prof. Bin Wu, BJUT Vice-President; Barry O'Driscoll, Enterprise Ireland; BJUT President, Prof. Gonghui Liu; Deputy Secretary General at the Irish Department of Education Mary Doyle; Irish Ambassador to China, Paul Kavanagh; UCD President, Prof. Andrew Deeks; BDIC Provost & UCD College of Engineering & Architecture Principal, Prof. David FitzPatrick; Director of the UCD Confucius Institute, Prof. Liming Wang; BDIC Principal, Prof. Zhongliang Liu