Trinity College has a global reach

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Trinity College has a global reach

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Trinity College Dublin holds a global position as one of the leading universities in the world. Established in 1592, it is consistently ranked in the top 100 world universities by the QS World University Rankings, and is the highest-ranking university in Ireland. 

Cutting-edge research, technology and innovation places the university at the forefront of higher education in Ireland and globally.

“Today, engagement with China forms a core part of the university’s international strategy, and numerous partnerships have been formed with key higher education institutions over the past number of years including Peking University, Tsinghua, Tongji, Wuhan University and the University of Hong Kong,” says Dr. Patrick Prendergast, president and provost at Trinity College Dublin.

“We have also recently announced a new master’s in Chinese studies and the opening of the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies.

Trinity Provost and President, Dr Patrick Prendergast

Dr. Patrick Prendergast, President and provost at Trinity College Dublin.

These innovative developments aim to advance Chinese scholarship and to promote Ireland as a leading knowledge centre for pan-Asian language studies and research,” he adds.

The new Master of Philosophy in Chinese Studies has been enabled through a philanthropic donation by Dr. Sam Lam, a Trinity alumnus in medicine from Hong Kong. Lam presented his donation to the provost during his visit to Hong Kong last year. The announcement of the new master’s degree was made during the Education in Ireland mission to China last month, led by Jan O’Sullivan, Ireland’s minister for education and skills.

Trinity College Dublin has many great alumni, many of whom have helped shape the history of the world. Its Nobel Prize winners include Ernest Walton for physics and Samuel Beckett for literature.

Two governors of Hong Kong are also counted among Trinity’s alumni: Sir Richard Graves Mc Donnell (1866-1872) and Sir Arthur Kennedy (1872-1877). Today, many graduates work in finance, business and law among other areas in Hong Kong.

The number of Chinese students coming to Trinity continues to increase and are encouraged by a diverse and rewarding student experience. Enabling prospective Chinese students, the university has an office in Shanghai and has also launched its new Chinese online presence (trinitychina.ie). A new Trinity Global Scholarship for China was also recently announced.

Trinity academics are engaged in research collaborations with their counterparts to meet some of the major global challenges of the coming years in terms of health care, sustainable provision of food and water, urban planning and technology.

Its partnership agreement with Beihang University enables cooperation in teaching and research, and Trinity’s leading physicist and authority on magnetism, Professor J.M.D Coey, gives courses there.

“As a university, we are committed to a global education. Through our ongoing development of institutional partnerships that allow mobility opportunities for staff and students, we are committed to forming lasting Chinese collaborations and deeper engagement with China. We look forward to continuing to work with our colleagues at the Irish Embassy in Beijing, the consulate in Shanghai and the new Irish Consul General and his staff in Hong Kong to this end,” says Professor Juliette Hussey, Trinity’s vice-president for global relations.

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