On the morning of Sep 13th, HUST opening ceremony for new international students of 2016 autumn semester kicked off in the auditorium of the School of Economics, where new international students from 131 countries were presented and embraced their new chapter of life in HUST. Chen Lin, the Director of Division of International Student Affairs in China Scholarship Council and Chen Jianguo, Vice President of HUST attended the opening ceremony.Zhao Xiaofeng, Vice Dean of the School of International Education, presided over the opening ceremony. And over 10 senior students in their national traditional clothes saluted at the gate of the auditorium early, welcoming new students of different countries and different colors of skinAll the new students dressed up formly, which added the air of divineness to the ceremony and various languages, skin colors, cloth styles made the auditorium just like the conference hall of United Nations. However they shared one identity in common at that moment—New International Students of HUST.
Chen Jianguo, Vice President of HUST, delivered an ebullient speech, which not only extended warmest welcome to all the new international students, but also introduced the educational resources and goals of HUST. He expressed: “I wish you and Chinese students will learn from each other and make friends with each other. Your friendship will bridge you together as the ambassadors between China and foreign countries, so as to facilitating the friendship between the nations.” His last wishes aroused a warm applause from the audience.
Hei Xiaojun, professor of the School of Electronic Information and Communication delivered a speech as well by combining his experiences in teaching international students and the bittersweet feelings in research process, and he wished all the students could achieve fruitful results in study while enjoying it. The last part witnessed the speeches respectively from the senior and new student representatives. “I was a new student and fortunately, I chose HUST where the environment is nice and people are friendly. I’ve harvested a lot both in the knowledge of my study and the understanding of China. ” Rezvani Seyedali from Iran impressed many new students with his heartfelt words, igniting their hope towards the promising future. Pasan Tharindu Thilakasiri Modarage from Sri Lanka also conveyed the voice from the new students in his speech that confirmed the important role which difficulties play in our life that was full of twist and turns. He said: “We will cherish the hard-won opportunity to study and live in HUST and confront the ordeals as well as discover the beauty of China.”
Chen Lin also presented a vivid and sincere speech at the ceremony, where she introduced briefly the functions of China Scholarship Council and that Chinese government had always paid intensive attention to the mutual communication and exchanges with the outside world, especially in the field of high education: “In 2015 CSC sponsored 40,600 students from 183 countries to study in China with the newly-sponsored internationals students as many as 13,000.” She wished that all the new students who came from afar could cherish the chance to study in HUST by scholarship and devote themselves in the national construction as well as expose themselves in practical activities to make Chinese friends and understand China better. In closing, the ceremony ended up in the words from Zhao Xiaofeng: “You take pride in HUST today and HUST will take pride in you in the future!” A big applause from the seats thundered the hall that was livened up by the expectation and excitement from the new students.
It’s said that there are 3300 international students studying in HUST with the new students amounting to 888, covering 418 scholarship students. Presented at the ceremony was An Rui, the deputy dean of Tongji Medical College, Yu Hailin, the director of International Exchange Centre and dean of School of International Education and other leaders and professors of the schools and department. The international students have added the exotic air to the campus and marked the improvement of international education in our university.
（通讯员 王冰；摄影 尹新林）9月13日上午，我校2016年秋国际学生开学典礼在经济学院报告厅隆重举行，来自全球131个国家的国际学生新生齐聚一堂，迎接新的人生篇章。国家留学基金管理委员会来华部主任陈琳，我校副校长陈建国也出席了开学典礼。