Here is a new blog from our Consul General in Hong Kong on a great initiative promoting Education in Ireland.
A Chairde, Friends,
Friday 20th November was an historic day with the opening of Hong Kong’s first dedicated office for the promotion of Ireland as an education destination.
Together with my colleague, Caitríona O’ Sullivan, I had the pleasure of joining the official opening with Anthony Cheng, Wilson Chin, Trista Tse & all the members of the team at the Irish International Education Centre (IIEC).
Anthony & the IIEC have been close collaborators of the Consulate since our opening in August 2014, & we have been very impressed with their efforts to build awareness of Ireland amongst Hong Kong teachers, parents & students. Our favourite initiative has to be their familiarisation visits to Ireland which to date have seen around 30 local school principals & vice-principals travel to Ireland over the past two years. We hosted a pre-visit briefing for the most recent group & they even met up with our former colleague, Fiona Nic Dhonnacha, during their visit to Dublin.
I believe that there is great scope to increase the numbers of young Hong Kong students studying in Ireland, whether in our Institutes of Technology or in our Universities. Our colleges provide a world class education & research, in a safe English-speaking environment & are keen to welcome students from Hong Kong, whatever their area of interest.
We are looking forward to hosting the Ireland stand at the HKTDC International Education Fair in the Convention Centre in January where we will be joined again by the IIEC & a number of Irish colleges. We are also working closely with Education Ireland to set out a detailed plan of action for the year ahead.
We would welcome your help in our efforts to promote Irish education in Hong Kong & Macau so if you have any ideas or advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
CG Hong Kong