Chinese students: there are 2,700 Chinese students studying in Ireland.  Photograph: Richard Stonehouse/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan was in Beijing last week to promote Ireland’s educational establishments in a country that places an (...)

The proposed design for the “model” UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland

University College Dublin (UCD) has agreed with the Chinese government to jointly operate a controversial new Confucius Institute on the Belfield camp(...)

Proposed design for the UCD Confucius Institute: the institutes are designed to promote Chinese language and culture

The brochure for UCD’s planned €7.4 million Confucius Institute could not be more enthusiastic. “A landmark modern building,” it reads. “Prominent lak(...)

Liu Yunshan, a member of the Chinese Communist Party central politburo standing committee, meeting Chinese women  at the official laying of the foundation stone of the UCD Confucius Institute, which will open in 2016. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Chinese students now comprise up to 10 per cent of the non-EU student population at UCD, and the proportion is growing, the university revealed yeste(...)