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Cork – Shanghai Sister City Agreement

 Following the very successful visit in 2007 of Cork schools to their counterparts in the Shanghai districts of Changning, Lu Wan and Zhabei, a return visit was held in the period 30th September to 7th October 2008.  The visit coincided with the National Day holiday for the People’s Republic of China.

The Shanghai schools’ delegation visited their partner schools in Cork and University College Cork in order to make arrangements for future co-operation projects and to gain a better understanding of the functioning of the Irish education system.  The Irish Institute of Chinese Studies and the Confucius Institute in University College Cork both support the Sister Schools Project.

A formal ceremony was held in City Hall, Cork, hosted by the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Brian Birmingham, on Friday October 3rd where Memoranda of Understanding were signed between the nine Cork and nine Shanghai schools.  This ceremony was addressed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Micheál Martin TD.  There were short performances by each of the Cork schools, featuring traditional Irish music, dance, singing and other performances.

The ceremony was attended by approximately 600 local school children.  It is hoped that this level of activity will help promote the active citizen to citizen relationships that have emerged from the Sister City relationship between Shanghai and Cork.

 The Shanghai teachers also met the Minister for Education and Science, Mr. Batt O’Keeffe TD on a visit to the Blackrock Castle Observatory.

 A short eclip of the visit can be viewed at


Shanghai Schools                                                                   Cork Schools


Luwan District

1.         Bile High School -                                                     Presentation College

2.         Zhonghua Vocational School -                                  St John’s Central College

3.         Seven Colour Flower Primary School                       Christ the King Girls Secondary School


Changning District

4. Shanghai Jianqing Experiment School                                 Scoil Mhuire

5. Shanghai Kaiyuan School                                                  Ursuline Convent, Blackrock

6. Shanghai Xijiao School                                                     Presentation Secondary School,             


Zhabei District

7. Shanghai Shibei Junior Middle School                              Scoil Mhuire Fatima

8. Shanghai Hengfeng Middle School                                   Mayfield Community School

9. Shanghai Lingnan Middle School                                      Ashton School

 Further Information:

Patrick Ledwidge

Director of Services – Docklands

Cork City Council

Tel:       021-4924596


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