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China Daily :Sino-Irish college all in greens

作者:Xing Wen 时间:2018-03-21


Simon Coveney (left), deputy prime minister of Ireland, receives a gift of hammer from Xie Hui, the Party secretary of Beijing University of Technology during his visit to the Beijing Dublin International College at the university on March 17.

Deputy prime minister of Ireland visits the Beijing University of Technology

On Saturday, the hallways of the Beijing Dublin International College at Beijing University of Technology turned green as boards decorated with green ribbons were hung up on the walls. Photos on the boards showed hundreds of happy students clad in green T-shirts or hats, holding up the national flag of China alongside banners wishing people a "Happy St Patrick's Day".

St Patrick's Day on March 17 is a day of recognition for people in Ireland and also a big day for the teachers and students at the BDIC.

Every year, the entire school follows Irish tradition and dresses up in green before hosting a parade and staging performances with international students from the BJUT. This year was no exception. The staff and students enjoyed a series of activities under the theme of "Light Up the Green in Our Life".

Most impressive of all for this year's Feast of Saint Patrick was a visit to the college by Simon Coveney, the deputy prime minister of Ireland. The vice-premier's visit on Saturday happily coincided with Beijing's long-awaited first snowfall this year. It also marked the first time that an Irish deputy prime minister had visited Beijing Dublin International College, a joint-venture school established in 2012 by Ireland's University College Dublin and the Beijing University of Technology.

"I'm really impressed by the quality of English that so many Chinese students are clearly able to speak," Coveney said after visiting the college.

At the official meeting between the delegation from Ireland and faculties from Beijing, Coveney expressed his desire to further develop cooperation between institutions and universities of both nations, as well as China and Ireland as a whole, and to cultivate a new generation of experts in the fields of technology and engineering.

During the meeting, he received a special gift from Xie Hui, the Party secretary of the Beijing University of Technology. The gift was a hammer, to represent the "spirit of craftsmanship" of the BJUT's students. Once enrolled into the university, every freshman is required to take a class of metalworking practice, in which they learn how to forge their own hammers.

Within the past week, Hainan Airlines and Cathay Pacific announced plans to open direct flights from Beijing to Dublin and from Hong Kong to Dublin respectively, which Coveney sees as a stimulus for further exchanges between the two countries.

He also joked that there was no longer any excuse for Chinese students not to travel and study in Ireland, or vice versa.


Students clad in greens celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Beijing Dublin International College of the Beijing University of Technology.

Li Xiaolin, a junior student majoring in internet of things engineering at the college, listened to the deputy prime minister's morning lecture on the role Ireland plays on the global stage and the depth of Sino-Irish ties.

"I'm encouraged by his words and eager to explore the beautiful country on my own," said Li, who will in her final year study at University College Dublin.

She also attended an open day at the embassy of Ireland later that day, and even took a selfie with the Irish deputy prime minister.

"I've benefited a great deal from the opportunity to immerse myself in a foreign culture that the college offers me," said Li, adding that her IELTS score had been lifted from 5.5 to 6.5 after two years of study at the college's all-English classes.

Li is now preparing to apply to her dream university of Imperial College London for her postgraduate studies.

Over 90 percent of the 194 graduates last year from the BDIC went to study in foreign universities for postgraduate programs, says Liu Gonghui, president of the BJUT.

Liu says the college aims to offer domestic students a world-class international education by hiring qualified faculty members from both University College Dublin and the Beijing University of Technology, bringing a multicultural perspective to its curriculum and embracing an open-minded atmosphere.

"Our long-term goal is to build BJUT into a first-class international university through the strategy of internationalization, and the BDIC is a pioneer in the cause," said Liu.

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