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First BJUT-UCD Research Symposium

First BJUT-UCD Research Symposium

Virtual, 8 March 2021

Honorable President NIE, BJUT and UCD colleagues, friends and students. I am very pleased to be here this morning in Dublin, afternoon in Beijing, to speak to you on the occasion of the first BJUT-UCD Research Symposium.

I would like to start by congratulating you, President NIE, on your appointment as President of BJUT. I wish you every success in your new role and I look forward to working with you in the coming years – to visiting you at BJUT and also to welcoming you to our campus here in Dublin.

BJUT and UCD have a long and successful friendship. Our joint international college, the Beijing-Dublin International College at Beijing University of Technology, or BDIC as we all know it, embodies that friendship and success.

From a single programme with 24 students in 2012 we now offer four undergraduate programmes and expect to have almost 280 students graduating this summer with degrees from both BJUT and UCD.

BDIC is a central tenet of UCD’s global engagement strategy, which is to ‘bring the best of the world to Ireland and the best of Ireland, including its distinct culture, to the world’ – we are very proud of BDIC, its success and our collaboration with BJUT.

Last November BJUT and UCD both demonstrated their strong commitment to this relationship by signing a contract renewal for BDIC that will take us up to 2030. The manner of the friendly negotiations and shared vision to provide a quality education to BDIC students convinces me that our collaboration will extend even beyond that date.

We are taking a significant step this week by seeking to extend our collaboration from largely undergraduate teaching to a more complete collaboration that fosters joint research activity between our two research intensive universities.

President Nie spoke of the broad range of disciplines in the parallel sessions in this week’s symposium – what is striking is the interest from outside those areas where we already collaborate at undergraduate level through BDIC. I see this as a measure of the enthusiasm for collaboration between researchers in our two institutions.

I truly hope this proves to be the first of a series of successful research symposia between BJUT and UCD. I firmly believe we will exit the current Covid-19 era later this year thereby allowing us to engage once again in face-to-face meetings, be that in Dublin or Beijing, and the social interactions that are so important in developing and sustaining long-term successful collaborations.

Finally, I would like to thank the joint BJUT-UCD committee for organising this symposium and I wish everybody involved a successful, fruitful and enjoyable week.

Thank you and best wishes.

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