On September 14, Jiang Zeting, Secretary of the CPC BJUT Committee, and Nie Zuoren, President of BJUT, met with Ann Derwin, Irish Ambassador to China. Ann Derwin and Nie also attended the Opening Ceremony for the Incoming Class of 2022 of Beijing-Dublin International College (BDIC). This was Ann Derwin's second visit to BJUT and was of high relevance as 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of BDIC.
In the beginning, Jiang Zeting extended an enthusiastic welcome on behalf of the University to Ann Derwin and expressed his sincere thanks to the Embassy for its long-standing support for BJUT. He gave an overall introduction to BJUT's recent progress in international exchanges, talent cultivation, scientific research, campus culture and university governance. In particular, Jiang introduced BJUT's strategies and practices in terms of government-industry-university-research-application cooperation. Looking to the future, as the strategic relationship of mutual benefits between China and Ireland deepens, Jiang said that BJUT would adhere to the strategy of internationalization, continue to build BDIC into a model joint education institute, and collaborate more closely and pragmatically with the Irish Embassy and universities, so as to make a greater contribution to China-Ireland friendship and cooperation.
Ann Derwin thanked BJUT for its warm reception and spoke highly of what BDIC has achieved over the past ten years. She presented an overview of Irish policies favoring innovation, business and trade, sustainable development, international education, etc., and pointed out that, as the "Silicon Valley of Europe", Ireland enjoyed enormous research advantages in ICTs, financial services, life sciences, etc. In this sense, Derwin was glad to see that BDIC was committed to fostering talented students in the above-mentioned sectors & disciplines and believed all BDIC students would benefit considerably from the transnational education. Looking ahead, Derwin said that the Irish Embassy would continue to join hands with BJUT in shaping a new chapter of cultural and educational exchanges between the two countries.