A delegation from Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences visits Confucius Institute at University College Dublin

[Source]    爱尔兰都柏林大学孔子学院 [Time]    2016-11-14 11:34:25 
 

On November 3rd, Prof. Zhang Zhao’an, Vice-President of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), and Dr. Chen Jianxun, Director of the Applied Economy Research Institute of SASS visited the Confucius Institute at University College Dublin (UCD CII). Prof Wang Liming, Director of UCD CII, and Prof. Cai Yongqiang, Co-Director of the Institute, received the guests. This was a follow-up visit after the signing of the MOU between Prof. Yu Xinhui, Party Secretary of SASS, and Prof. Andrew Deeks, President of UCD, in Shanghai on October 28th. The two parties discussed possible collaborations and exchanges under the framework of the MOU.


Prof Zhao’an Zhang, Vice President of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS); Dr Jianxun Chen, Director of the Applied Economy Research Institute of the SASSProf. Zhang Zhao’an, Vice-President of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), and Dr. Chen Jianxun, Director of the Applied Economy Research Institute of SASS

Prof. Wang briefed the visitors on the social economic development of Ireland, especially its achievements in areas such as ICT, financial service, food safety, innovation and R&D. He also reviewed the development of UCD CII over the past 10 years, and pointed out that the Institute has now become an important platform for promoting Chinese language and culture and Sino-Irish friendship. He stressed that the Institute has met with both new opportunities and challenges related to the “Belt and Road” Initiative launched by the Chinese government. Confucius Institutes around the world must reposition themselves to collaborate with Chinese partner universities, research institutes and think tanks, and conduct basic research regarding society, humanities, public opinions and environment of the countries throughout the ‘Belt and Road’ region, so as to provide solid data and research reports as references for making decisions on the “Belt and Road” Initiative.

Prof. Zhang presented a brief introduction to the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and its various institutes, including the Institute of Economics, Institute of Applied Economy and Institute of World Economy. As a leading research institution based in Shanghai, SASS has been appointed as one of the 25 national think tanks of China. He expressed that UCD CII may act as a bridge for further co-operation between SASS and Irish universities, enterprises and think tanks. Both parties agreed that a training centre should be developed within UCD CII, so that talents and civil servants coming from China’s Yangtze River Delta areas can be trained in Ireland.

 
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