Athlone Institute of Technology celebrated Chinese New Year on Thursday, 23rd January with more than 400 students enjoying Asian cuisine, music and dance to mark the Spring Festival, which begins tomorrow Saturday, 25 January 2020.
Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. This year is the Year of the Rat which occupies the first position in the Chinese zodiac. People born in the Year of the Rat are thought to be clever, quick thinking and successful in their activities.
There are 180 Chinese students at AIT during academic year 2019-20 with visiting faculty and researchers from Chinese partner universities. Members of the Chinese Students Society and Asian Society introduced their customs to celebrate the Chinese New Year to students on campus. Restaurant staff at AIT prepared a range of Chinese cuisine for students to enjoy.
Addressing the students Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, President of Athlone Institute of Technology said: “AIT has long standing relationships with universities in China and we are delighted to celebrate the Chinese New Year with students from these partner universities in Athlone. Our students and staff enjoy learning about Chinese traditions during the Spring Festival. Ireland, like China, places strong emphasis on the family and people coming together to share their cultures during festival periods.”
AIT has built long term relationships with Chinese partner universities in recent years in the areas of computer and software engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, design, pharmaceutical science, hotel management, business and accounting. The universities with which it is associated are: Beijing University of Technology, Beijing; Capital University of Economics and Business, Beijing; Dongbei University of Finance and Economics; East China University of Technology, Southeast University, Capital University of Physical Education, Chaohu University, Luoyang Institute of Science and Technology and Jianghan University, to name but a few.
Academic staff from the Faculties of Business and Hospitality, Engineering & Informatics and Life and Physical Sciences have visited these universities during the past year to discuss study abroad programmes. AIT students who wish to complete placement or semester abroad can choose one of these partner universities in China. Programmes are taught in English and students will have the opportunity to become familiar with Chinese culture and business.