China Pledges Funding For New International UCD Campus

University College Dublin is to establish a new international campus in the coastal city of Yantai in the province of Shandong.

China has pledged funding of €300 million for the new 300 acre campus, which will provide a pipeline of students to Ireland and help support Irish enterprises hoping to launch in China.

A statement published by UCD highlights that Yantai City is not only one of China's leading tourist destinations, but is also "an important gateway city to Japan and Korea".

The statement reads: "The new university, which will be called UCD Yantai, will be the first comprehensive international university in the northern half of China and only the fifth such institution in China.

"It will be distinctive in that it will be research-intensive from the outset with a major focus on innovation.

"UCD Yantai will have a full university curriculum covering three streams, 1) life sciences, 2) engineering, mathematics and computer sciences and 3) business, humanities and social sciences.

"With a projected launch date of 2015, the new university will grow to a steady state of 7,500-10,000 over 5-7 years. Courses will be delivered through English and students will take the UCD curriculum and graduate with a UCD degree."


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