Professor Ó Catháin Launches Joint Institute in Wuxi to Cater for Engineering Students

President of Athlone Institute of Technology, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin and Director of Asia Jack Meng celebrated the launch of a new joint institute with Wuxi Institute of Technology at a state dinner in China on Friday, 18th October.

Speaking at the dinner, Professor Ó Catháin said he looked forward to forging closer ties with Wuxi Institute of Technology and congratulated them on reaching their milestone 60th anniversary. He called it an “exciting time for higher education in both Ireland and China” as a greater numbers of students make use of their educational passport and consider studying abroad for all or part of their degree.

He added that Wuxi and Athlone have much in common and that he could see the potential to extend the co-operation between the two institutes to programmes in the areas of business, hospitality and tourism with the view to growing their respective tourism sectors.

He expressed his confidence in the success of the new joint institute with Wuxi Institute of Technology, explaining that Athlone Institute of Technology has a demonstrated track record of successfully delivering modules across joint bachelor’s degree programmes with other Chinese institutes.

“We have consistently enjoyed one of the highest approval ratings among Irish higher education institutes for Ministry of Education-approved bachelor’s degree programmes in China and have more than 1,800 students registered across our joint programmes with our partner institutes,” Professor Ó Catháin explained.

Currently, Athlone Institute has six approved programmes across a range of disciplines, including software engineering, mechanical engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, graphic design, hotel management and civil engineering.

The first intake of students in the new joint institute will study computer engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronics and software engineering degree programmes.

An educational powerhouse defined by a commitment to academic excellence, Athlone Institute of Technology has enjoyed considerable successes in the academic arena, most notably being named one of U-Multirank’s ‘Top 25 Performing Universities’ in the world for interdisciplinary research the second consecutive year. Further solidifying its reputational prowess, the institute continues to enjoy the highest ranking nationally in the Irish Survey of Student Engagement – 69% versus 29% national average. These accolades build upon the institute’s success in winning the Sunday Times Good University Guide ‘Institute of Technology of the Year’ award in 2018 and Runner Up award in 2017.

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