Since the foundation of the UCC Confucius Institute in 2007, it has been collaborating closely with School of Asian Studies at UCC. It has offered Chinese courses for the BA and MA students; it was also the first to offer specific Chinese courses to the students majored in Business and Computer Science, which contributes a lot to the development of Chinese teaching curriculum at UCC. The Institute has become a significant center for the promotion of Chinese language teaching. In 2008, there were only two Chinese teachers and eleven students, while in 2017, there are 12 Chinese teachers and 26 volunteer teachers, with 378 Chinese BA and MA students registered in Chinese study.
Besides offering Chinese credit classes at UCC, the UCC Confucius Institute plays an active role in expanding Chinese teaching in primary and secondary schools, promoting Chinese as part of the official curriculum in school education in Ireland. In 2009, only optional Chinese courses were offered in 24 primary and secondary schools, with 1000 participants. In 2017, there are already 4 Confucius Classrooms, 100 Chinese classes in primary and secondary schools, with both mandatory and optional Chinese courses offered. This includes 262 classes in secondary schools and Transition Year (TY) grades, 39 classes in primary schools, 20 in other grades and in total there are 7,000 studentsregistered in Chinese course.
During the year, a lot of culture events are organized and held at UCC Confucius Institute. They include: Celebrations for Confucius Institute Day,Chinese Spring Festival Gala,Chinese culture performance in St. Patrick’s Day Parade ,‘Chinese Bridge’ Competition. Also Annual projects are held which are very influential and popular in Ireland. They are The Birr Castle Project and Easter Camp for TY students in China. In September 2017, the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of UCC Confucius Institute was held at UCC. The Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzergerald, His Excellency, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China Dr. Yue Xiaoyong, UCC President Prof. Patrick O’Shea, UCC Vice President Prof. John O’Halloran, Deputy Director of Hanban Mr. Zhao Guocheng, Vice President of Shanghai University Professor Gong Siyi have attended the ceremony and presented the speeches.