2004 Press Releases

13 Dec 2004

Chinese Journalists Visit University College Cork (UCC)

Links between UCC and China have further developed with the visit of a group of Chinese journalists to UCC today (13 December 2004). The delegation from Beijing, Shanghai and London who represent a broad cross-section of the Chinese media are on a visit to Ireland at the invitation of the Department of Foreign Affairs in advance of the Taoiseach's visit to China in January 2005.

In recent years UCC has been engaged in an active student recruitment campaign in China and has several institutional relationships with Chinese universities. Amongst the 1,800 international students from 75 different countries currently taking courses across a range of faculties at UCC, some 100 are from China. Whilst the student recruitment campaign is being conducted in a number of areas in China, Shanghai represents the largest group studying at UCC. The journalists will alsos visit the City Hall where discussions are likely to focus on the forthcoming twinning of Cork and Shanghai.

UCC President, Professor Gerard Wrixon, recently predicted that the percentage of international students attending UCC could increase from 10% to 20% in the coming years. It is expected that the number of Chinese students will increase significantly increase over the coming years as more Chinese students become aware of UCC?s reputation for academic excellence.

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