Recently, the Ministry of Education officially issued documents, which approved Beijing University of Technology (BJUT) to establish Beijing-Dublin International College in partnership with University College Dublin (UCD).
BJUT is a key university under the administration of the Beijing municipal government, which has established a multi-disciplinary academic structure. It is ranked as one of the 100 key universities for the 21st century. UCD was founded in 1851. It is a world famous university, which was ranked as 89th among the world universities in 2009 (The Times). It has about 23,000 students (includes 3800 international students), and about 3500 staffs. BJUT started to establish cooperation with UCD from 2009, and carry out credit recognition for student exchange activities. On Feb.19, 2012, Mr Xi Jinping, Vice-President of People’s Republic of China, along with An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny, witnessed the historic contract-signing between BJUT and UCD to establish the cooperatively-run college.
The new College will have a distinctively enterprise focus and will on four areas relevant to successful enterprise development in China and Ireland: (1) science, engineering and technology; (2) business and management; (3) innovation and entrepreneurship; and (4) underpinning disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.
Mr Xi Jinping, Vice-President of People’s Republic of China (back left), and An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny (back right), witness the historic contract-signing between Prof Guo Guangsheng, President of BJUT and Dr Hugh Brady, President of UCD.