Queen's establishes college in China

Published Friday, 13 April 2012
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Queen's University, Belfast has teamed up with the China Medical University to establish a college in China.

Queen's establishes college in China
Madame Liu met NI''s leaders on Thursday. (© Presseye)

Around 1,000 Chinese students will study for degrees in pharmaceutical science at the new campus in Shenyang in the north east of the country, trained jointly by staff from the two universities.

Madame Liu Yandong, a state councillor and the highest ranking female politician in the ruling Communist Party in China, will visit Queen's on Friday to witness the signing of collaborative agreements with Peking University and the Chinese Scholarship Council.

It is a red letter day for Queen's University Belfast, for Northern Ireland and for China.

Sir Peter Gregson, QUB Vice-Chancellor

Queen's Vice-Chancellor Sir Peter Gregson described Friday's agreements as "a sign of the powerful relationships that Queen's University has built with its Chinese partners and a symbol of good fortune for Northern Ireland, through its strengthened links with an internationally recognised superpower".

He added: "The creation of a joint college with one of China's top health science universities is based on a real and vibrant partnership.

"It will provide many opportunities and deliver real outcomes for society in China, in the UK and in Ireland."

Madame Liu is currently on an official visit to Northern Ireland to enhance relations between the region and China, having arrived in Belfast in Thursday.

Ahead of the visit to Queen's, she attended the launch of the new Confucius Institute at the University of Ulster's Jordanstown campus and officially opened the facility.

"We are deeply honoured that Madam Liu is here today to launch the Institute, which marks a major stage in the work of the university and its role as a global establishment of learning," First Minister Peter Robinson said.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness added: "I trust that this will open new doors to future partnerships across many spheres and I commend the University of Ulster on being selected to be part of the prestigious Confucius worldwide network."

Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Dean of the Faculty of the Arts, said the event marked a significant gear shift in the relationship between Northern Ireland and China.

"Northern Ireland has traditionally tended to look at either Boston or Berlin in terms of forging educational, business and cultural links - but it is becoming more apparent that it would be foolish to ignore Beijing," he said.

"China is already the world's second largest economy and it is swiftly closing the gap on the United States. We need to make sure we are ready for that."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Ulysses32 in Belfast wrote (1,015 days ago):
S Magowan, sure don't people like yourself expect him to do the same for the Queen.
Ryan in Belfast wrote (1,017 days ago):
@Dick Glasgow Dick, i think when it comes to "human and Animal rights" we should also look alittle closer to home because all is not nice and rosy here either. But in saying that, China has to seriously, and i mean seriously, improve its human and animal rights laws and enforce them because their record is amongst the worse on the planet, if not the worse.
Davey in Lisburn wrote (1,017 days ago):
The picture is very telling. A member of the Chinese Politbro flanked by the top 2 in the NI Politbro. There is no democracy in either country
Dick Glasgow in County Antrim wrote (1,017 days ago):
Let's hope that with links like these, China can be persuaded, at long last, to seriously review its lowly standing in the World, in relation to Human & Animal rights in China.
s magowan in belfast wrote (1,018 days ago):
Strange that McGuinness welcomes a representative from a nation with a poor record on human rights.One wonders if he would have been as welcoming if it had've been a representative from Israel.
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