2010 press releases

Posted 12 May 2010

Chinese Ambassador Visits AIT for Signing of Agreement with Beijing University

CUEB agreement
Prof. Yang Heqing, CUEB, Ambassador Liu Biwei and Prof. Ciarán Ó Catháin, AIT.
The Chinese Ambassador to Ireland paid his second visit to Athlone Institute of Technology today for the signing of an agreement between AIT and a leading Beijing university.

The agreement with the Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB) creates the opportunity for AIT business students to study in Beijing for a period of up to one year. CUEB is renowned for its programmes in business, management and economics.

It also allows for Chinese students to transfer to Athlone for a similar period, in addition to facilitating faculty exchange and collaborations.

Ambassador Liu Biwei congratulated the two institutions on the collaboration, saying that it was a valuable development in the context of Irish-Sino relations.

AIT President, Prof. Ciarán Ó Catháin, said that: “As an institution, AIT has continually highlighted the importance of international education in the formation of our students. This extends not just to studying overseas, but also to actively engaging with international students who are registered here. That opportunity to develop a global mindset will not alone be of benefit in securing employment, but in positioning Ireland as a outward-looking, open and engaging society.”

Prof. Yang Heqing, Dean of the School of Labour Economics at CUEB, said that he looked forward to building relationships with AIT. The university already attracts students from 50 different countries around the globe and he hoped that students from Athlone would soon be amongst this group.

CUEB consists of 14 colleges and departments, including business administration, accountancy, finance, banking and economics. Some 20,000 students attend the university, undertaking programmes at bachelor, master and doctoral degree level. Approximately half of this number are full-time undergraduate students.

Athlone Institute of Technology has experienced a significant growth in international student numbers during the past ten years, with 389 students from overseas currently attending the institute. Since the launch of the government’s Asia strategy in 1999, AIT has been active in developing links with universities in China and has partnerships with higher education institutions in Beijing, Shanghai, Dalian, Nanjing, amongst others.

Further information about CUEB is available at www.cueb.edu.cn.

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