Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan and Minister Wang Zhigang, Minister for Science and Technology in the People’s Republic of China today signed a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote science, technology and innovation cooperation between Ireland and China.
The revised MOU between the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China replaces the 2012 MOU to promote science, technology and cooperation.
It will build on the links that already exist and explore opportunities for further collaboration between researchers and enterprise in the two countries.
Today, there are over 200 active collaborations between researchers and enterprise in Ireland and China. One of the key recent developments is the Science Foundation Ireland - National Natural Science Foundation of China Partnership Programme, which was launched in 2017. It involves joint funding of over €12 million for eight new research projects over four years.
The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has recently announced the establishment of a number of new positions at embassies abroad including one at First Secretary level at the Embassy of Ireland in Beijing, China. The position will be filled in September 2019 and the representative will work with Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland as part of Team Ireland in China. This appointment in Beijing is part of the continued implementation of the Government’s Global Ireland 2025 strategy.
Speaking at the signing of the MOU, Minister Halligan said, "We look forward to working with Minister Wang and his Ministry to build on the existing collaborative links between the two countries. We know that research and innovation can play a significant role in addressing the many global challenges we face – from tackling climate change and protecting the environment to responding to the challenges of an ageing society."