Minister for Education and skills Joe McHugh T.D. has attended the landmark event in Beijing to cement links between Letterkenny IT and China.
The Donegal college was one of several Irish third level institutes to sign Memorandums of Understanding with Chinese education partners during Minister McHugh’s St Patrick's Day programme.
The signings, which took place in the Irish embassy in Beijing, aiming to expand education links between Ireland and China and offer the chance for students in eight institutions to visit both countries as part of their studies.
LYIT has linked with Chengdu Neusoft University on two fronts.
The first involves new pathway programmes in computing, design /digital arts and business management and marketing.
The second aims to lead to further cooperation opportunities between LYIT and Chengdu Neusoft University and also Donegal County Council and local government in Chengdu, Sichuan.
Minister McHugh said: The relationship between Ireland and China is strong and is growing. Not only that but the diversity of relationship is impressive. The new opportunities for deeper ties in education and between the County Council and local government are an example of that.
“We are now looking to a new future of relations between LYIT and Chengdu.”
LYIT president Paul Hannigan attended the event along with LYIT's vice-president John And Bonar and Donegal County Council chief executive Seamus Neely and Chengdu President Professor Yinghui Zhang.
Minister McHugh added: “Congratulations to everyone involved, to the teams on both sides, in Ireland and China, in LYIT and Chengdu, who made these announcements possible today.”
Combined international efforts like these are great refsections of the good relations between Ireland and China over the last 40 years.
LYIT总裁保罗·汉尼根(Paul Hannigan)与LYIT副总裁约翰·博纳尔(John And Bonar)、唐尼格尔县议会首席执行官谢默斯·尼利(Seamus Neely)和来自成都东软学院的校长张应辉(Yinghui Zhang)共同出席了签字仪式。