Why learn Chinese?
With over 900 million native speakers, Mandarin Chinese is by far the most widely spoken mother tongue in the world. In total, over 1.1 billion people speak Chinese, which is an official language in China, Taiwan, Singapore and Myanmar. It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
Key language for economy
One of fastest growing economies in world, China has become a driver of world economic growth and has become a vital market for every major global company.
China was the second largest economy in the world in 2017 according to the IMF and many economists expect it to eclipse that of the United States within a decade.
Trade between Ireland-china totalled around 8 billion euros in 2011, according to Irish economic development agency Enterprise Ireland. China is set to become Ireland’s fourth largest trading partner by 2030, according to a HSBC Bank report.