On the afternoon of February 21, 2023, H.E. Ann Derwin, Irish ambassador to China, led a delegation to visit Chang'an University. President Sha Aimin met with the delegation from the Irish embassy in China on behalf of Chang'an University. Li Anjun, secondary counsel of the Foreign Affairs Office of the People's Government of Shaanxi Province, Gareth Hargadon, economic counselor of the Irish embassy, Joseph Keating, counselor of trade, commerce, technology and innovation of the embassy, Li Meng, secretary of the ambassador, Edar Yu, director of foreign relations and cooperation in Greater China, University College Dublin, were present at the meeting. Vice president Wang Jianwei, heads of some administrative offices and colleges accompanied in the meeting.
Sha Aimin extended a warm welcome to the Irish delegation. He introduced the university history, discipline construction, scientific research, exchanges and cooperation, personnel training and other aspects of Chang'an university. He noted that Chang'an University has a long history of cooperation with University College Dublin, Ireland, and has achieved fruitful cooperation in running schools. The Chang'an Dublin International College of Transportation, jointly established by the two universities, has achieved remarkable results in talent training. He emphasized that the development of China-Ireland cooperative education institutions is inseparable from the strong support of both governments. In the future, the two universities will continue to consolidate the foundation of cooperation, expand cooperation space, and promote the development of China-Ireland cooperative education institution.
President Sha Aimin met with the delegation
H.E. Ann Derwin fully affirmed the fruitful results of the cooperation between the two universities. She noted that the Irish government values and supports the cooperation between Irish universities and Chinese universities. She indicated that China and Ireland shared a broad cooperation space in education and culture, scientific and technological innovation, and environmental protection. In addition, the Irish government is very supportive of the cooperation between the two countries in the field of education, such as the China-Ireland cooperation in running schools. She hopes Chang'an University and University College Dublin to further deepen international exchanges and strengthen the exchange of teacher-student visits and scientific research cooperation.
Ambassador H.E. Ann Derwin
After the meeting, the delegation, accompanied by president Sha Aimin, visited the Chang'an Dublin International College of Transportation. The delegation participated in the symposium with staff and students of the college.
Ambassador H.E. Ann Derwin and president Sha Aimin unveiled the plaque for the F(x)^Cat, an international exchange association.
Ambassador H.E. Ann Derwin and President Sha Aimin
At the symposium, Wang Hainian, dean of Chang'an Dublin International College of Transportation, welcomed the delegation and introduced the general situation of the college. Ambassador H.E. Ann Derwin introduced the relationship between China and Ireland, especially the current situation of educational cooperation and exchanges. She said that the cooperation between China and Ireland in the field of education has broad prospects and can be expected more in the future. She believed that Chang'an Dublin International College of Transportation could make a unique contribution to promoting the development of the relationship between China and Ireland. The two sides agreed to continue further cooperation, and actively promote the in-depth and comprehensive cooperation between Chang'an University and University College Dublin with various forms.
The student representative of Chang'an Dublin International College of Transportation introduced the F(x)^Cat. The college students also performed talent shows and interacted with Ambassador H.E. Ann Derwin. The atmosphere was friendly and warm.
The visit of Ambassador H.E. Ann Derwin to Chang'an University represented that the Irish government attaches importance to the cooperation between China and Ireland in running schools, and also witnessed the remarkable results achieved through the cooperation between Chang'an University and University College Dublin, which is of great significance.The two universities will take this opportunity to further strengthen exchanges and interactions, continue to expand and deepen cooperation, and promote the deep integration of the two countries in areas such as scientific research and education.