President of Griffith College and entrepreneur Diarmuid Hegarty has been awarded an honorary professorship by the Beijing Information, Science and Technology University (BISTU) in China.
Also founder of the college, Hegarty was awarded honorary membership of the Chinese University’s Academic Council reflecting the relationship that has existed between Griffith College and BISTU for the past decade.
Griffith College has strong ties to China having partnerships with 16 universities throughout the country. Over the past ten years, many BISTU lecturers have been visiting scholars to Griffith College and students of BISTU have also graduated from Griffith College while on their year abroad.
A member of An Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s four-day mission to Shanghai and Beijing, this is Hegarty’s second trade mission to China.
Noted for his near fluency in Chinese, he accompanied former Taoiseach Brian Cowan in 2008 and helped to secure education agreements to the value of €38m to the Irish economy.
Other notable honorary professors of the university include Nobel Prize winners, John Nash, the famed American mathematician, and Edmund Phelps, economist and Professor of Columbia University.