Celebrating Tenth Anniversary of Cooperation between Changzhou University and Maynooth University

   Release time: 2016-03-28    Have access to: 10

On March 22, “Irish Day” was held in Changzhou University (CCZU) to celebrate the tenth anniversary of cooperation between CCZU and Maynooth University in Ireland with the generous support of Consulate General of Ireland in Shanghai. The two universities looked back at the cooperative education programs in the past 10 years and held a series of cultural activities to promote the cultures of both countries. The Chinese audience was enchanted with the “Voices of Ireland” by Maynooth University Chamber Choir. Philip Nolan, president of Maynooth University, Ms Therese Healy, the Irish Consul General in Shanghai, Mr. Sima Shuanglong, deputy director of foreign affair office of Changzhou, and representatives of neighboring universities attended the celebration.

Prof. Shi Guodong, Party Secretary of CCZU, expressed a warm welcome to President of Maynooth University and his delegation, and noted that China and Ireland are good friends and partners, and there have been lost of cultural exchange between the two countries as well as faculty exchange and student exchange between the two universities. Young people would write a new chapter of friendly communication between the two universities.

Prof. Pu Yuzhong, President of CCZU, remarked that a lot of talented engineering undergraduates with international vision have been trained through the cooperative education programs of Electronic Engineering and Pharmaceutical Engineering, whose teaching quality are also wildly accepted by the society. Prof. Pu concluded that, all the 151 students who have graduated from Maynooth are eligible to postgraduate programs, and 47 of them went to the graduate programs in top 50 universities of the world such as Edinburgh University, Duke University and so on. Moreover, large numbers of graduates work in world famous enterprises like Microsoft, IBM and Bosch etc. Prof. Pu announced that, based on the solid foundations of cooperation, the two universities will apply for a new double degree program in Finance.

Prof. Philip Nolan, President of Maynooth University, noted that on the occasion of the tenth anniversary, it was a great pleasure to promote friendly cooperation between the two universities and look into expanding cooperation in teaching and research. He also spoke highly of the new cooperative program, which would be a new platform for bilateral cooperation.

Ms. Therese Healy, the Irish Consul General in Shanghai, highly appreciated the long term cooperation of the two universities and she believed that this celebration would certainly increase understanding for people from two countries.

Moreover, promotion activities of Irish education and culture were also carried out among students by Irish Education Office. The 90-mintue performance offered by Maynooth University Chamber Choir in the Hall of Science and Education fascinated all the Chinese audience with their heavenly voice. More than 300 people enjoyed the show of “Irish Voices”.

Maynooth University

Maynooth University, founded in 1795, is one of the oldest national universities in Ireland. More than 9000 students from over 20 countries study in the university, which locates about 35 minutes away from Dublin, the capital of Ireland.The university is equipped with research center of national level, making Maynooth scientific research of world class in various fields. It is regarded as the most successful university in industrialization of scientific research.

Maynooth University Chamber Choir

The choir is composed of 36 members from various departments of Maynooth University. They won the top prize of Pavarotti trophy in the Llangollen music festival held in Wales in July, 2015. Moreover, two gold awards were gained in the world chorus contest in Malaga, and they launched their first album “Lorica” last fall. They began their world tour in March, 2016, and they will perform in New York, Boston, Tucson and Denver, and in three Chinese cities including Shanghai, Changzhou and Guangzhou.

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