An Tánaiste Simon Coveney visits Beijing-Dublin International College

Last week saw An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney visit Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), home of Beijing-Dublin International College (BDIC), which is jointly operated by UCD and BJUT, to speak about Ireland's place in the European Union, and China-Ireland relations.

The visit saw An Tánaiste attend an academic exhibition on talent development, education and teaching, and international exchanges, followed by participation in an ‘Irish Culture’ class, where he had the opportunity to meet students of BDIC. As part of the class, Dr Amanda Kelly delivered a lecture on Yeats' romantic poetry (The Love Song of W. Butler Yeats). Dr Kelly is a lecturer in the School of Archaeology at UCD.

At the visit, An Tánaiste exemplified Beijing-Dublin International College as a model for China-Ireland education cooperation, and encouraged further collaboration between Irish and Chinese universities. In addition, he reiterated Ireland's plan to deepen partnerships and strengthen cultural exchanges between students of the two countries.