INTERNATIONAL students based in the University of Limerick celebrated the Year of the Snake at an event in Castletroy recently.
The Chinese New Year - the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar - was marked by over 130 students and UL staff in Chungs’ Chinese restaurant recently.
Korean, Japanese and Thai students mingled with UL faculty at the traditional Chinese New Year celebration, which included traditional food, games and entertainment.
Yan Yu, who is studying for a Masters in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, said she “never expected to have such a good Chinese New Year in Limerick.”
UL already has a number of well-established affiliations with China and is working to grow its network of institutional partners in the country.
Professor Paul McCutcheon, Vice President Academic and Registrar said: “The Chinese community in UL is a very important part of our international community and we are delighted to be growing our relationship with China and strengthening our partnerships with many third level institutions there.”
“In 2010 UL established an office in China and this year we are looking forward to celebrating UL40 with our growing Chinese alumni in Beijing and Shanghai.”
Last year saw an increase in the number of undergraduate students enrolling in joint programmes from Xidian University, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Tianjin Foreign Studies University and Shandong University of Technology.
Irish students have also benefitted from these collaborations with students taking part in architecture and business summer schools hosted by Tongji University and Tianjin University.