Waterford Institute of Technology welcomed a delegation from Shanghai University of Engineering Science (SUES) recently, comprising of the Vice President for Teaching and Learning, Vice Dean's from the Faculty of Engineering and the Director for International Education.
WIT has worked with SUES since 2010 and has welcomed a steady flow of exchange students in the field of Engineering. SUES is now working with the International Office in WIT to deepen levels of cooperation to include joint academic programmes, staff mobility and collaboration in the field of research and development.
President of WIT Professor Willie Donnelly welcomed this step towards greater engagement in internationalisation at an institute level. "WIT is committed to our national, regional and institute objectives with regard to greater engagement internationally. WIT is internationally recognised in many fields of research including ICT, Engineering and Science which are disciplines of mutual interest,” he said.
Dr Richard Hayes, Vice President for Strategy at WIT, discussed the ambitious internationalisation outlined in WIT's recently launched Strategic Plan and the importance of internationalisation to the achievement of Technological University status.
Sinead Day spoke of WIT's long history of international cooperation with China, and the importance regionally and nationally of building a network of strategic education partners in China. “WIT first forged links with SUES at the opening of WIT's China office in Shanghai in 2010 with the assistance of Enterprise Ireland. We started our journey with a conversation and a handshake. It is a sign of WIT's strong capacity to engage internationally that our relationship has strengthened over time, and we are now planning deeper institute wide strategic collaborations which will benefit both our nations,” Ms. Day added.
WIT looks forward to the Education in Ireland mission to China in October 2018 and to furthering its international campaign.
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