Vice President QI Pengfei of Renmin University of China Visits the UCD Confucius Institute


On June 14, 2024, a delegation led by Professor QI Pengfei, the Vice President of Renmin University of China, visited University College Dublin in Ireland. They held a meeting with UCD President Orla Feely and Vice President Dolores O'Riordan, among other university leaders, and attended the 17th Board Meeting of the UCD Confucius Institute. The meeting was also attended by Paul Fanning, UCD's Director of Chinese Affairs and President of the Chinese International College; Liming Wang, Director of UCD Confucius Institute and the Irish Institute of Chinese Studies; and Xie Jiangnan, the Chinese Director of the UCD Confucius Institute.

Director Liming Wang presented the 2023 work summary and financial statements of the Confucius Institute to the Board, and provided an explanation and overview of the 2024 work plan and budget. The Board fully affirmed the achievements made by the Confucius Institute over the past year and unanimously approved the 2024 work plan and budget.

During the meeting, Professor QI Pengfei stated that University College Dublin is an important academic partner of Renmin University of China. Since the joint establishment of the Confucius Institute at University College Dublin in 2006 and the signing of the inter-university student exchange agreement in 2007, exchanges and cooperation between the two universities have continuously deepened at all levels. Both parties expressed their commitment to promoting the high-quality and sustainable development of the Confucius Institute and had in-depth discussions on jointly establishing a Climate and Civilization Joint Research Centre.

Through this visit, the academic cooperation relationship between Renmin University of China and University College Dublin will be further deepened and developed. The two universities will continue to enhance their humanities exchanges to support the development of the Sino-Irish mutually beneficial strategic partnership, and will make new contributions to the development of higher education in both China and Ireland.