DIT and China in talent exchange agreement

Dublin, 25th September 2006: Dublin Institute of Technology and the China International Talent Exchange Foundation today signed an agreement to promote mutual cooperation in professional exchanges, training, scholar exchange and joint research. The agreement was signed in Government Buildings in the presence of China's Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan and Tanaiste Michael McDowell.

The President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton, welcomed the cooperation agreement and said he was confident that it would lead to exciting opportunities for PhD students and post-doctoral Fellows from China and from Ireland to work together. "DIT has developed very strong cooperation with a number of universities in China, including offering joint programmes with two of China's foremost universities, Tsinghua in Beijing and Harbin Institute of Technology. These programmes involve very real interaction between our institutions, including staff exchanges. This kind of cooperation fits very appropriately with our aim to diversify our student body and to increase the number of international students coming to study with us."

The China International Talent Exchange Foundation is a non-profit agency that promotes international professional exchange and cooperation, including providing financial and other support. The objective of the 'Memorandum of Understanding' between CITEF and DIT is to build on existing levels of cooperation. For example, CITEF will promote exchanges between DIT and relevant Chinese enterprises and research institutions, and DIT will develop training programmes tailored to the needs of Chinese managerial and technological personnel, as well as recommending experts to give lectures and carry out consultancy and related work in China.

Professor Frank McMahon, Director of Academic Affairs, signed the agreement on behalf of DIT. He said that having travelled to China on a number of occasions over the last six years, he believed that both countries would benefit from developments arising out of this agreement. "Last year DIT agreed to provide PhD supervision to top Chinese students selected by the Ministry of Education. This Memorandum of Understanding gives further weight to the kind of commitment that already exists on both sides to work together, particularly at the level of doctoral and post-doctoral research."

DIT currently offers joint MSc programmes in Tourism and in Hospitality Management with Tsinghua University in Beijing, and a very successful BSc Computer Science programme with Harbin Institute of Technology. The first cohort of students from Harbin were conferred at DIT's Graduation Ceremony in St. Patrick's Cathedral in October 2005.

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