The Chinese Ministry for Education has given its approval to the joint venture between University College Dublin (UCD) and Beijing University of Technology (BJUT) to establish the Beijing-Dublin International College in the Chinese capital this September.
The approval is the final step required for official recognition of degrees in China and means graduates will be awarded both UCD and Chinese qualifications.
UCD first proposed the joint venture following the twinning of Dublin and Beijing in July 2011. The plan to establish an International College in China received enthusiastic support from the highly influential Mayor of Beijing, Guo Jinlong, and was further endorsed by Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn when the two men met during the Mayor’s subsequent visit to Dublin.
The signing of the contract by Dr Hugh Brady, President of UCD and Professor Guo Guangsheng, President of BJUT, was witnessed by Vice-President Xi Jinping and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny during the Vice-President’s recent visit to Ireland.
Initial degree programmes will include software engineering and a programme based on electronic engineering, internet-enabled sensor and communications technologies, known in China as ‘The Internet of Things’.
“We expect to grow to about 3,000 students and intend to offer further programmes in science, engineering, management, business and the humanities.” UCD professor, Alan Keenan, who heads up the project, said from Beijing today.
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