Chinese Government gives approval to UCD's International college in Beijing President Hugh Brady announces details of Beijing-Dublin International College at EAIE
The Chinese Ministry for Education has given its approval to the joint venture between University College Dublin (UCD) and Beijing University of Technology (BJUT) to establish the Beijing-Dublin International College in the Chinese capital of Beijing this September.
The approval is the final step required for the official recognition of degrees and means that Beijing-Dublin International College graduates will be awarded both UCD and BJUT qualifications in this dual-degree program.
UCD first proposed the joint venture following the twinning of the cities of Dublin and Beijing in July 2011. The plan to establish an International College in China received enthusiastic support from the highly influential Mayor of Beijing, Guo Jinlong, and was further endorsed by the Irish Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn when the two men met during the Chinese Vice-President's recent visit to Ireland.
Initial degree programmes will include software engineering and a programme based on electronic engineering, internet-based sensor and communications technologies, known in China as the "Internet of Things".
"We expect to grow to about 3,000 students and intend to offer further programmes in science, engineering, management, business and the humanities," UCD professor, Alan Keenan, who heads up the project, said from Beijing today.
The Beijing-Dublin International College will also serve as a study abroad location for UCD students seeking to expand their knowledge of the Chinese language, culture and economy and will provide supports for academic, business and other organisations interested in educational, research and trade links with China.