UCD to establish China campus

07 January, 2014

University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, will establish a campus in the Shandong province of Northern China with a €300 million (US$409 million) investment from the Chinese government.

UCD Yantai will have a full university programme, offering English-delivered courses in three subject streams with the regular UCD curriculum: life sciences; engineering, mathematics and computer sciences; and business, humanities and social sciences.

A joint venture with China Agricultural University (CAU), UCD Yantai will be based on a 300-acre campus in the coastal city of Yantai in Shandong, which has a population of 95 million people and the third highest GDP among China’s provinces.

In a statement, UCD said that UCD Yantai would be the first comprehensive international university in the northern half of China, and only the fifth such institution in the country. The campus will also include an incubator centre, NovaUCD Shandong, which will support local start-up companies and Irish enterprises looking to do business in the region.

Speaking at the signing ceremony last month, UCD President Dr Hugh Brady said, “China’s pace of development is breathtaking and the UCD Yantai development provides Ireland with a new bridgehead into one of China’s most economically vibrant provinces.”

With a projected launch date of 2015, the university is expected to grow to a student population of 7,500-to-10,000 over the following five years. Up to 1,000 students of UCD Yantai per annum are expected to study in Ireland as part of their degree.

Ruairi Quinn, Ireland’s Minister for Education and Skills, said, “The UCD Yantai project is meritorious in its own right as a high-profile development in international higher education. The prospect of a pipeline of talented and ambitious Chinese students to Ireland is an important added bonus.”

Vice Major Zhang of the Yantai Municipal Government, said, “The project will benefit the future generations. Yantai Municipal Government looks forward to working closely together with CAU and UCD to establish a world-class university. This is a project of historic significance.

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