Education Minister leads trade mission to China

Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, today (Friday 24th October, 2014) embarked on an important trade visit to China.  The Education in Ireland mission, organised by Enterprise Ireland, is an important step in deepening the strong education ties between Ireland and China, particularly in the third level sector.

Highlighting the importance of the visit, the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, said “Recent years have seen a significant deepening of the educational relationship between Ireland and China.  This is an important element of my Department’s International Education Strategy and one that we want to see developed in the future.

“There are very tangible benefits to this relationship.  We have seen an increase in the number of Chinese students studying at graduate and post-graduate level in Ireland.  We are also seeing very strong, innovative partnerships evolving between Irish third level institutions and Chinese universities.  These partnerships are resulting in new opportunities in research and collaboration and the Education in Ireland mission will see further progress in this regard.”

Among the key events in the itinerary are:


Saturday 25th October   

  • Delegation’s attendance and Minister’s keynote speech at the China Annual Conference for International Education, “Education, Future, Career”

Sunday 26th October    

  • Visit China Education Expo at the Beijing Convention Centre, including Irish pavilion and HEIs
  • Meeting with Hanban Director General and Signing of an MoU between Hanban and UCD re:new Confucius Institute in Ireland
  • Opening of the 3U Partnership office in Beijing 
  • Signing of an MOU between DCU and the Communication University of China

Monday 27th October  

  • Meeting with the Chinese Education Agents

Tuesday 28th October  

  • Meeting with Chinese Minister for Education and China Scholarship Council
  • Meeting with Representatives of China Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange
  • Visit to Bainian Vocational School
  • Signing of an MOUs between WIT and (1) Hebei University of Technology and (2) Shijiangzhuang Tiedao University

Wed 29th October    

  • Meeting with President of Shanghai University

Thurs 30th October 

  • Meetings at Fudan and Tongji Univerisities
  • Visit to China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP)
  • Visit to Shibei Middle School


Among those travelling on the Education in Ireland mission are:

  • Dr. Jim Browne, President, National University of Ireland, Galway;
  • Prof. Andrew Deeks, President, University College, Dublin;
  • Prof. Philip Nolan, President, Maynooth University;
  • Mr. Jim Dowling, Deputy President, Dublin City University;
  • Prof. Paul McCutcheon, Vice-President Academic and Registrar, University of Limerick;
  • Dr. Juliette Hussey, Vice-President, Global Relations, Trinity College, Dublin;
  • Ronan O’Dubhghail, Vice-President, External Relations, University College, Cork;
  • Michael McGrail, Director of Development, Royal College Surgeons in Ireland;
  • Diarmuid Hegarty, President, Griffith College;
  • Dr. Tom O’Toole, Vice President of International Affairs, Waterford Institute of Technology;
  • Dr. Ruth Davies, Director, 3 U Partnership