Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is teaming up with one of the leading universities in China to lead cutting-edge research into artificial intelligence, information communications technology and medical apps.
The two universities will share research facilities, jointly publish academic reports and have mutual visits of staff and students. They will also apply for funding in the EU, China and internationally.
The University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) in Chengdu has 34,000 students and is in the top 30 universities and institutions in China.
Junior Minister John Halligan attended a ceremony in Beijing at which representatives from both institutions signed an agreement establishing the Irish-Sino Research and Innovation Institute for Novel and Emerging Sciences and Technologies.
Professor Brian O'Neill, director of research, innovation and enterprise at DIT, said it was a ground-breaking agreement and a major development for both institutes and countries.
"We are excited for phase one to begin, which will see researchers from both institutes work together to target funding opportunities to help find real-world solutions in the areas of information and communication technology, machine learning with wireless network management, wireless communications and medical applications, personalised medicine and the application of computational intelligence technologies," he said.