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UCD unveils plan for Chinese institute on campus


Confucius Centre

Confucius Centre

Confucius Centre

UCD has filed for planning permission for a new Chinese 'temple-style' building on campus, which will house the Confucius Institute.

The Chinese government sponsors around 450 such institutes around the world, but is the first time it has ever provided funding to help construct a building dedicated to the cultural programme.

China's government has contributed €3m to build the impressive structure on the south Dublin campus, a figure that has been matched by the Irish Government.

"There are around 450 Confucius Institutes around the world, but this is the first time the Chinese government has helped to fund a dedicated infrastructure," a spokesperson said.

A planning application has now been lodged with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to build the structure on a 4,439sqm site, near the university's engineering building and beside its new lake.

Inside the structure will be dedicated seminar and lecture rooms as well as a large open space atrium area for cultural events.

At present the institute - which doesn't have a dedicated building - provides courses to around 5,200 students of different nationalities each year at UCD, while there are 600 Chinese students studying at the college.

The centre focuses on language and cultural courses that will help to strengthen the ties between the two counties and provide students with the tools to work overseas.

"It's very important for a small country like Ireland to economically engage with new emerging economies," a spokesperson for UCD said.