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Ire: Maynooth Uni starts joint college in China

Ireland’s Maynooth University has established a new International College of Engineering at one of China’s leading universities. The deal will see 1,200 Chinese students graduate with Maynooth degrees in computer science, electronic engineering and robotics over the next four years.

Maynooth is one of the four constituent universities of the National University of Ireland. Photo: Maynooth University

It is the second Sino-Irish joint college at undergraduate level

The joint Maynooth International College of Engineering, Fuzhou University, will support academic and cultural exchange and will pave the way for future partnerships, particularly in the fields of computer science and artificial intelligence.

“It’s an auspicious moment for Ireland and China’s collaboration in education”

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony held at Fuzhou University, Ireland’s minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan described it as “an auspicious moment for both Ireland and China’s collaboration in education”.

“The launch of Maynooth International Engineering College, Fuzhou University, with a yearly intake of 300 students is a great achievement and augers well for the future relationship between both of our countries.  I am delighted that this is the second Sino-Irish joint college at undergraduate level.

“Maynooth International Engineering College, Fuzhou University, is an excellent example of international cooperation providing quality Irish engineering and scientific education to the region,” he added.

The joint College will offer four undergraduate programs: in Computer Science & Software Engineering; Electronic Engineering; Robotics and Intelligent Devices and Mobile Multimedia and Web Programming.

Located in the southeast of China, Fuzhou University has been identified as part of China’s ‘Project 211’, which aims to bolster the standards of the top 100 Chinese universities and cultivate strategies for socio-economic development.

President of Maynooth University, Philip Nolan, said that the partnership will foster future research and postgraduate collaboration through scholarships, joint workshops and academic cooperation.

“Fuzhou University is one of China’s leading universities, and a long-term partnership is the appropriate and ambitious way forward to develop a flow of knowledge, research and students between our two institutions,” he added.

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