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Chinese Ambassador Visits Trinity

Posted on 11 February 2015

Chinese Ambassador Scholarship Juliette Hussey Jianguo Xu Partnerships Soochow Fudan Chinese Studies Xiaochuang WuOn 21 January 2015, the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Jianguo Xu, visited Trinity College Dublin at the invitation of the Provost, Dr. Patrick Prendergast. Joining Ambassador Xu were the Education Attaché, Mr. Xiaochuang Wu, and the Ambassador's aide, Vincent Yu. Trinity made significant advances in its engagement with Chinese universities in 2014 and the Ambassador's visit provided an opportunity to discuss the new developments and look to the future.

In addition to the Provost, members of Trinity's Global Relations team, including Vice-President for Global Relations, Dr. Juliette Hussey, Director of Internationalisation, Sinead Ryan, and Karen Mortell, Regional Officer for China and East Asia, met with the Ambassador and his colleagues. They were joined by Professor Juergen Barkhoff, Director of the Long Room Hub, and Dr. Lorna Carson, Director of the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies. The Chinese delegation was briefed on Trinity's recent activity in China, as well as upcoming plans in the region. The Trinity Centre for Asian Studies was launched this past autumn, along with the announcement of a new masters programme in Chinese Studies. In December 2014, Trinity signed a strategic partnership with Fudan University, focussing on the expansion of humanities research and international communication. The group also discussed Trinity's recent partnership with Soochow University in scientific research and training, with a particular focus on nanotechnology.

Ambassador Xu offered the continued support of the Chinese Embassy and was pleased to hear about the great progress in research and teaching collaborations between Trinity and leading Chinese universities. He was supportive of Trinity's developing strategy for fostering new links with Chinese higher education institutions. Trinity's East Asia team was grateful for the insight and support provided by the Chinese Embassy and looks forward to continuing to work closely together.