Irish Ambassador John Paul Kavanagh to China Visited UESTCpublished: 2017-03-29 14:34:44 hits:
On March 23, the delegation led by Irish Ambassador John Paul Kavanagh paid a visit to the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), where they were received by Xiong Caidong, Vice President of UESTC.
On behalf of UESTC, Xiong Caidong warmly welcomed John Paul Kavanagh’s visit to Qingshuihe campus. Xiong Caidong said that after 60 years development, UESTC has become an university of personnel training and scientific research strength. Thanks to the support from two governments, UESTC and Irish universities, especially Dublin Institute of Technology have made a series of achievements in talents training, scientific research cooperation and exchange visits. Ireland is strong in the fields of electronic information, computer science, software engineering, especially innovation and entrepreneurship education in the forefront of the world. Therefore, the vice president hoped that both sides will make efforts to deepen the cooperation in more fields and on more levels. He particularly emphasized the further cooperation exchange with Irish universities in personnel training, scientific research and innovation and entrepreneurship education.
John Paul Kavanagh fully affirmed the great achievements made by UESTC in the past 60 years, he spoke highly of the fruits of its innovative and entrepreneurial work. He said that Dublin Institute of Technology’s science and engineering is second to none in Ireland, the college has a wealth of experience in talents training and innovation and entrepreneurship. Learning that UESTC has set up good-term relationship with Dublin Institute of Technology, John Paul Kavanagh thanked the support from CSC and teachers of both sides. He said as Irish ambassador to China, he will exert more efforts to promote the establishment of cooperation platform, he also believed that the education departments of both sides will give strong support to the cooperation. John Paul Kavanagh briefly introduced the Irish national condition and the relationship between Ireland and China.
The related personnel of the Office of International Cooperation and Exchange introduced UESTC’s basic conditions, including its history, discipline distribution, platform development, personnel training and international cooperation.
John Lynam, education and press counselor of embassy of Ireland, Wu Bing, assistant professor of Dublin Institute of Technology, Zu Qingjun, the director of “One Belt and One School” office and related personnel of International Cooperation and Exchange Department, School of Information and Software Engineering, Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship attended the meeting.
After the meeting, John Paul Kavanagh delivered a speech entitled “the importance of relations between Ireland and China and the EU”. Before the speech, he posed for pictures with students who studied and exchanged in Ireland.
“Ireland is a gateway to Europe, we will continue to extend and deepen the relationship between Ireland and Sichuan province to promote the development of information and communication technology and agricultural products.” John Paul Kavanagh extended warm invitation to teachers and students of UESTC.
China and Ireland established diplomatic relations in June 22, 1979, when John Paul Kavanagh served in Beijing. He said that it was a great honor to witness the hard beginning of China’s reform and opening up and the rapid development of the following decades, “China’s tremendous progresses and rapid development are shocking, after all, at the beginning of China’s reform and opening up, people has not even able to have their own cars.”
“Your generation is very lucky, you are leading the totally different life. I know that you have been aware of this.”
When it comes to relationship between China and Ireland, John Paul Kavanagh believed that the cooperation between two countries has unique advantages. First, both countries have similar history and rich culture, “the two countries have experienced wars and famines, they both struggled for independence. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the two countries have maintained friendly cooperative relationship.”In terms of the economic and trade cooperation, the bilateral trade volume between China and Ireland has been increasing in recent years, and the growth rate is more than any other European countries. For China, Ireland is the fourth largest foreign investment destination of the EU. In addition, both countries attach great importance to education, and increasingly deepen educational cooperation. So far, there are 3,300 Chinese students to study in Irish universities, universities of the two countries have signed more than 120 cooperative agreements.
“Ireland is a country of innovation, entrepreneurship, high technology and scientific research,” in the speech, John Paul Kavanagh introduced the advantages to the teacher and students of UESTC, “it has the youngest population in Europe, half of Irishmen under the age of 35, has strong driving force for economic growth. For the past 3 years, Ireland has been the country with the highest GDP growth in all EU countries.”
John Paul Kavanagh also said that the Irishmen repected the decision made by British, after Britain exiting from the EU, Ireland became the only English-speaking country that is both a member of the European Union and a member of the EU's single currency zone. “Ireland has a broad platform for investors around the world, we welcome Sichuan investors to invest into Irish and even European market in the fields of agriculture, medicine, finance, biopharmaceuticals and high technology.
John Paul Kavanagh and the delegation visited the UESTC-Longfor Innovation and Entrepreneurship Incubation Base. They played badminton with robot, inquired about the intelligent hardware of “spin wheel”, the Toklab bicycle booster kit and other innovative entrepreneurial projects. John Paul Kavanagh said that the creative and technical strength of the students of UESTC is impressive.
Translator: Zhang Guihua