Chinese Student Delegation Visits Trinity College Dublin
Posted on 29 October 2013
During the first week of October, Trinity College Dublin hosted a group of secondary school students from Beijing No. 4 High School. The sixteen students were accompanied by several members of faculty, as well as their principal. The visit was arranged in conjunction with the Department of Education and Skills and marked the beginning of a new relationship with Trinity College Dublin. In addition to touring Trinity’s world-class facilities, such as the Biosciences Institute, the Lir and the Global Room, the Chinese students were invited to Leinster Street to meet Minister Ruairi Quinn.
Established in 1907, Beijing No. 4 High School, commonly abbreviated as Beijing Sizhong, is one of China’s most prestigious and reputable schools. At the time of its founding, Nos. 1, 2 and 3 High Schools only admitted royal and aristocratic students, making Beijing Sizhong the city’s first public school. It counts among its alumni members of China’s highest political ranks, a Nobel Prize-nominated poet, as well as highly-respected leaders in fields from film to bioengineering.
The visit was marked by a balance of historic, cultural and social engagements for the students and their chaperones. In addition to tours of the stunning exhibits in the National Museum of Ireland to learn about Ireland’s archaeological history, the students travelled out to the beautiful Glendalough to see the countryside first hand. After an introduction to Irish Studies from Trinity faculty, the delegation met with a group of Trinity student ambassadors to talk about university life in Dublin. On the final evening of their visit, the students were welcomed to the Chinese Ambassador’s Dublin residence and enjoyed a final meal together.
At the School's invitation, Trinity College Dublin’s Provost made a return visit while in Beijing in mid-October. He took a tour of the School, met with the Principal and agreed to continue close ties. While reminiscing, the students who had visited Trinity said their favourite things about Dublin were brown bread, butter and potatoes, all of which will certainly feature heavily if they should return to Ireland in the future.