Chinese Educators Visit Galway
In December 2013 the Irish Chinese Society Galway, in association with the Irish International Hotel and Catering School hosted a visit of senior educators from Hong Kong. The delegation including school principals, school inspectors and curriculum advisors was led by Anthony Cheng of Irish International Education Centre (Hong Kong) and Kam Chin, chairperson of Irish Chinese Society Galway.
Mr Chin said “We hope this visit will give the delegation an insight into Irish quality education and Irish schools.”
The visit also aimed to promote stronger cultural and educational links between Ireland and Hong Kong. During their week in Ireland the group visited a number of institutions for higher and further education throughout the country including GMIT, NUI Galway and the Irish International Hotel and Catering School. Where there are a number of Hong Kong students already studying in Ireland. They also visited Leinster House on the invitation of Senator Mary Moran. They also were hosted by the Chinese ambassador to Ireland and met with the Mayor of Galway .
On their return to Hong Kong they intended to share some of their insights and new knowledge by contributing to an Irish week being planned for February 2014, which aims to promote Ireland and Galway to particular as a centre of excellence for international education.
Back row from left to right: Law Kam-Yau of HKSYC&IA Wong Tai Shan Memorial School; Lui Ki-Cheung of Law Ting Pong Secondary School; Yuon Fuk-Lung of Buddhist Fat Ho Memorial College; Shelagh Nangle of Irish International Hotel and Catering School; Chung Lui-Pong of Lok Tao Secondary School; Ng Tak-Kay of CUHK FAA Thomas Cheung Secondary School; and Mak Siu-Ming of Shun Tak Fraternal Association, Leung Kau Kui College.
Front row from left to right: Lam Pui-Yee of Elegantia College; Kam Chin, Chairperson of Irish Chinese Society Galway; Cheng Kwong-Kuen of Irish International Education Centre; and Yik Lai-Ha of Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School.
My Irish Experience by Ben MAK (STFA Leung Kau Kui College)
Bravo! My trip to Ireland (December 2013) was the most enjoyable and enlightening experience, broadening horizons and vistas, knowing friendly folks and encountering pleasant surprises. Visits to various institutions dawned on me that almost endless possibilities are open to young people the world over in pursuit of their aspirations and dreams, aligned to their interest and potential. A case in point is the Irish International Hotel and Catering School (IIHCS), where young men and women may equip themselves in culinary craft/ hoteling/ commercial studies.
Our delegation was fortunate enough to run into several students from Hong Kong undertaking their studies at IIHCS. It so happened that a few of them used to be pupils of Mr. Stephen LUI, a member of our delegation (formerly a principal). Their re-union was warming to all hearts.
It was also pleasing to learn that students at IIHCS, from Mainland China as well as Hong Kong, have adapted well to studies and everyday life in Ireland, taking charge of their destiny and conducting themselves responsibly, maturing all along. Chatting with them was pleasurable and lifting.
In all, it was worthwhile and fruitful. In this regard, we would like to thank the IIHCS, the Irish Chinese Society Galway and all parties involved for making this memorable trip possible.