Senior CPC Official Urges Confucius Institute to Contribute to China-Ireland Ties

[Source]    Division of Communication [Time]    2010-09-27 16:01:31 

Li Changchun (Left) and the UCD’s President Hugh Brady unveiling the copper Confucius statue Photo by Ma Zhancheng, Xinhua News

DUBLIN, Sept. 26  -- Senior Communist Party of China ( CPC) official Li Changchun on Sunday visited the University College Dublin (UCD) Confucius Institute for Ireland, and urged the institute to make further contribution to the development of bilateral relations.

Li, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee's Political Bureau, pointed out that language is the carrier of culture, a tool for communication and exchanges, and a bridge linking different civilizations.

Li Changchun and the UCD’s President Hugh Brady viewing the construction model of the UCD Confucius Institute’s new building Photo by Ma Zhancheng, Xinhua News

The establishment of the UCD Confucius Institute is a symbol of educational and cultural exchanges as well as cooperation between China and Ireland, he noted.

This year marks the fourth anniversary of the establishment of the UCD Confucius Institute. Li said he hoped the institute would become a model of friendly exchanges between China and Ireland and a center to spread the Chinese culture, and would make great contribution to promoting the development of friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries. 

UCD President Hugh Brady, also director of the UCD Confucius Institute, said that during the past four years, the UCD Confucius Institute has provided Chinese language and culture courses for over 2,000 students and offered Chinese language and culture classes to more than 20 secondary schools nationwide.

Li Changchun (Right) presenting Chinese books to the UCD’s President Hugh Brady Photo by Ma Zhancheng, Xinhua News

Brady said the UCD will work together with its Chinese partner to build the UCD institute into a model Confucius Institute in the world, as well as an important channel for the further promotion of Ireland-China ties.

The Confucius Institute for Ireland was jointly launched by University College Dublin and China's Renmin University with the help of the Chinese Language Council (also known as Hanban). Its mission is to work with the Irish government, businesses and academia to develop stronger educational, cultural and commercial links between Ireland and China.

Li arrived in Dublin on Sunday for a two-day official goodwill visit. Ireland is the third leg of Li's ongoing four-nation tour, which has taken him to Estonia and Montenegro. He is also scheduled to visit Iran before returning to China.