AIT develops joint degree with leading Chinese University
The Chinese Ministry of Education has approved a joint degree in design between Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) and Jianghan University in Wuhan, China. One hundred students have commenced on the programme in China.
The announcement was made during a visit by AIT president, Prof. Ciarán Ó Catháin, to Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and the most populous city in Central China (10 million).
AIT and Jianghan University are also pursuing joint programmes in biological technology and mechanical engineering, with an ultimate objective of developing a joint institute.
Prof. Ó Catháin said: “AIT attaches great importance to its international partnerships, particularly those with higher education institutions in China. The establishment of the relationship with Jianghan University involved careful consideration of a number of factors. Jianghan University is ranked top among the universities and institutions in Wuhan in terms of teaching quality and it has received significant support from the local government of Wuhan city.
“This cooperation agreement is consistent with AIT’s strategic vision to be a globally-focused institution. This collaboration creates a win-win situation, where Chinese students can enjoy high-quality education and AIT can strengthen its links in China. This type of collaboration will promote the cultural and educational exchange between China and Ireland,” Prof. Ó Catháin stated.
AIT and Jianghan University have been in discussions since 2012. A cooperation agreement signed last year, committed the institutions to the development of a long-term strategic partnership, the launch of a student exchange programme and teacher-training programme.
Jianghan University has 16,000 full-time students and boasts a faculty of 975 lecturers, including 500 professors and associate professors.
AIT offers more than 20% of the 51 joint degrees between Ireland and China, which are approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education. AIT has more than 1,000 Chinese graduates.