Technology, healthcare and education services are the focus of Enterprise Ireland events in China led by Tánaiste Simon Coveney T.D., during St. Patrick’s Day visit

15th March 2018

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Tánaiste Simon Coveney with Sophia Zhang from Irish Breeze in Shanghai during Enterprise Ireland’s St. Patrick’s day events in China

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., witnessed the signing of 17 partnership agreements between Enterprise Ireland clients and Chinese companies and Higher Education Institutions on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th March during his six-day visit to China to mark St. Patrick’s Day.

An Tánaiste said; “I am delighted to support Enterprise Ireland’s export-focussed activities in China. Currently the seventh largest export market for Enterprise Ireland client companies, there are enormous opportunities for growth in the ICT, healthcare and education sectors. As part of this visit, the Enterprise Ireland Education in Ireland programme has brought 10 Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) closer to their Chinese partners. Ireland’s HEIs are at the forefront of research and innovation. We are known for delivering ‘employment-ready’ skills so students can transition smoothly into the workplace. This has been an important driver in Ireland’s transformation into a high tech, knowledge based economy. The possibility of gaining valuable post-study work experience makes Ireland a very compelling option for Chinese students”.

Giles O’Neill, Head of Education in Ireland at Enterprise Ireland added; “China is one of the fastest growing education markets for Irish HEIs. Irish HEIs have invested time and resources into building long-term, strategic relationships with Chinese counterparts, with the aim of developing steady partnership opportunities. The 10 new partnerships signed in the presence of An Tánaiste are in areas such joint-masters programmes, co-supervision of Phd of students, as well as staff training and exchange”.

There are currently over 300 Enterprise Ireland client companies selling into China across a broad range of sectors. China is currently the seventh largest export market for Enterprise Ireland client companies and HSBC projects Irish exports to China to grow by approximately 10% YoY from 2020 to 2030 to make China Ireland’s fifth biggest export market.

In Beijing today, 15th March 2018, the Tánaiste will witness;

  • Contract signing between Enterprise Ireland client ICDL Foundation with Jiangsu Mei Kai Education Investment Pte Ltd, Long Dao E-commerce and Jingxi International Business College; 
  • Strategic co-operation agreement signing between Green Ireland International Ltd and Beijing Camelot and Super Lychee;
  • Signing of 8 Memorandums of Understanding between Irish and Chinese Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

In Shanghai on Wednesday 14th March, the Tánaiste witnessed;

  • The signing of an MOU between Dublin-based Vitro Software and Renji Hospital, one of the oldest hospitals in China, serving more than 3 million patients per annum;
  • Contract signing between Enterprise Ireland client Aalto Bio Reagents and their Chinese partner Seebio Biotech (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.;
  • The launch of a strategic co-operation agreement between three Enterprise Ireland clients – Irish Breeze, Ovelle and Emerald Green Baby – and the Chinese cross-border ecommerce platform NetEase Kaola to sell their brands online in China.
  • An agreement of co-operation between Green Ireland International Ltd and the Shanghai Education Travel Service and Shanghai Yuguang International Travel Agency. Green Ireland International Ltd. specializes in the attraction of outbound Chinese tourism to Ireland.
  • Contract signing between Enterprise Ireland client Keywords International and YooZoo Interactive, a global entertainment company specializing game development and distribution.
  • Agreement signings between University College Cork and the East China Normal University and the Shanghai Moral Education Development Centre
  • Agreement signing between Waterford institute of Technology and the Shanghai Institute of Tourism and the Zhejiang University of Technology in Shanghai. 

Representatives from 10 Irish HEIs have travelled to China as part of the Education in Ireland element of the Tánaiste’s visit to China; GMIT, DBS, UCC, LIT, WIT, TCD, UCD, DIT, Mary Immaculate College and Maynooth University.

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