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Irish Ambassador to China Eoin O’Leary Visited UESTC

published: 2019-06-25 10:08:28       hits: 

On the afternoon of June 18th, the Irish Ambassador to China Eoin OLeary, the President of Technological University Dublin David Fitz Patrick and the Assistant to the President Wu Bing visited UESTC. The two sides inaugurated the "Sino-Irish Research and Innovation Institute for Novel and Emerging Sciences and Technologies (NEST)". Wang Yafei, the UESTC Party Secretary, attended the inauguration, in which UESTC’s Vice President Xiong Caidong served as a host.


On behalf of UESTC, Wang Yafei gave a warm welcome to Eoin OLeary and his entourage. He gave an introduction on UESTC’s history and its  "Double-first Class" construction, and recalled the pragmatic cooperation between UESTC and Technological University Dublin. He said that the two sides had a sound cooperation foundation in scientific research and personnel training. The inauguration of the NEST provides a new opportunity for the two sides to deepen cooperation. It is hoped that both sides will further strengthen cooperation and achieve more cooperation results.


Eoin OLeary said that China and Ireland share many similarities in the development of the past half century. In recent years, the two countries have expanded their cooperation in education and scientific research, making fruitful progress. The number of exchangedteachers and students on both sides has increased year by year, forming a good trend. Ireland welcomes Chinese teachers and students, especially those from UESTC, to study and exchange in Ireland. It is hoped that the two sides will enhance thefriendship, and seek mutual benefit and common development.

David Fitz Patrick, President of Technological University Dublin, fully affirmed the effectiveness of the cooperation between the two universities. He said that Technological University Dublin attached importance to cooperation with industrial circles, and strived to improve the level of serving society and vigorously implement the international development strategy. The pragmatic cooperation with UESTC is an important achievement of the internationalization of Technological University Dublin. He is very happy to see that the Ph.D. graduates jointly cultivated by the two universities have become the ties and new forces for exchanges and cooperation between the two universities.

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Professor Tang Yu, Associate Dean of the School of Information and Software Engineering, then introduced the work plan of the NEST(2019-2022). The discussion was attended by heads of School of Information and Communication Engineering, School of Information and Software Engineering, Glasgow College, School of Management and Economics and the International Cooperation and Exchange Office, as well as alumni from Technological University Dublin, and teacher representatives from the School of Information and Software Engineering.

After the discussion, Ambassador Eoin OLeary visited the library, the Robotics Research Center, the Public Safety Technology Research Center and the Sports Center.

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UESTC and Technological University Dublin have cooperated since 2007 and gradually expanded from software to multi-level exchanges and cooperation such as student exchange, joint education and scientific research. Over the years, the two universities have pragmatically cooperated with each other and applied for joint research projects from the governments of the two countries and the European Union to promote exchanges and cooperation. The establishment of the NEST is an effective move to deepen the cooperation between UESTC and Technological University Dublin.


Translated by Xia Ling, supervised by Long Mei