DIT hosts China-EU software education symposium

Third 'China-Europe International Symposium on Software Industry-oriented Education' takes place in Dublin Castle

Dublin, 12 February 2007: The Third China-Europe International Symposium on Software Industry Oriented Education - CEIS-SIOE 2007- took place in Dublin last week, hosted by Dublin Institute of Technology. The Symposium was born out of the collaboration that has developed between DIT, Ireland; Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China; and the University of Wolverhampton (UoW), United Kingdom. It aims to involve more academic institutions and industrial organisations in further developing software industry-oriented education both in China and Europe. Attending the symposium, which took place in Dublin Castle, was the largest-ever such delegation from China with Deans from sixteen research institutions specialising in software development as well as industrialists. Irish academics and industry representatives also participated.

Delegates register for CEIS-SIOE 2007 at DIT Kevin Street

The project has received the support of the Asia-Link Programme of the European Commission, Enterprise Ireland, the Ministry of Education of China and the Chinese Embassy to Ireland. The goal of the project is to develop and implement an education model for software development, blending the industry focus of DIT and the University of Wolverhampton with the advanced excellence in research of HIT. The result is an industry-oriented education model for undergraduate software education which is supported by a comprehensive curriculum and by a quality assurance system for software education.

Delegates arrive at Aras an Uachtarán

President McAleese greets Professor Xu Xiaofei

The strength of the HIT-DIT relationship - the subject of a new book launched during the conference - was confirmed in October 2003 when President Mary McAleese was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Harbin during her visit to China. She was accompanied by a large Irish trade and education delegation and was the first foreign Head of State to be given such an honour. In response, President McAleese hosted a reception for the visiting Chinese delegates in Aras Uachtaráin on the first day of the conference.

President McAleese meets delegates

This was the first time CEIS-SIOE took place in Ireland, having been hosted previously in Harbin by HIT. As conference organizers, DIT's School of Computing received excellent support at government level.

Colleagues from DIT present President McAleese with photos of her conferring at Harbin - left to right, Dr. Bing Wu, Dr. Brendan O'Shea, Mr Kieran Taaffe, Dr. Matt Hussey and Professor Brian Norton, with Professor Xu Xiaofei, Harbin Institute of Technology

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