Sino-Irish co-financing of a new flagship building for the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland
|The Irish President, Mary McAleese being shown a model of the new building for the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland at the Ireland Pavilion in the World Expo 2010, Shanghai|
The governments of the Republic of Ireland and the People's Republic of China have agreed to co-finance a new flagship building for the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland at University College Dublin.
The agreement was signed during the official visit to Ireland of His Excellency Mr. Li Changchun, Member of the Standing Committee of Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland was established in 2006 and in their initial stages has been operating from within the Quinn School of Business on the main UCD campus at Belfield.
To support continued growth and the strategic development of the Institute, it is proposed that it be accommodated in a new purpose-built facility, the UCD Confucius Centre. The proposed new facility comprises:
• A floor area of 2,000 square meters;
• A National Resource Centre for Chinese studies
• A lecture theatre accommodating up to 120 students;
• A range of classrooms and seminar rooms;
• Multi-media language class room facilities;
• Study space for masters, PhDs and post doctoral students;
• Distance learning and computer facilities; and
• Office space for academic staff, administration staff and visiting staff.
It is proposed that the new building will also accommodate the Irish Institute for Chinese Studies, a UCD education unit that complements the Confucius Institute thereby enabling the successful partnership between the two units to continue to flourish. The new building will therefore host a range of academic activities, including teaching and research; executive courses; cultural events, and will provide a national resource centre for students, staff and third parties who wish to learn about the People’s Republic of China and do business with that country.