From July 2 to July 21, 29 international students from Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University and Oxford University came to Huazhong University of Science and Technology to participate in a three-week summer Chinese program.
During the program, the students travelled to a great number of famous landmark buildings in Wuhan. They ascended the Yellow Crane Tower to overlook the entire city, visited the Yangtze river at the bank, went to museums to explore the long history of Wuhan, travelled to Hankouli to experience the customs of old Wuhan and entered Wuhan Planning Exhibition Hall to admire the outlook of the city. While learning Chinese language and culture, the international students together with Chinese volunteers experienced the traditional joy of making Chinese knots and paper cutting, the combination of hardness and softness in Tai Chi and the first-time practice of making dumplings.
In such a short period of three weeks, the international students have had a comprehensive knowledge of Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Wuhan city, experienced China’s traditional culture and modern look and gained precious international friendships. “During the project, I explored Chinese language and civilization, felt the unique Asian culture, made friends from Thailand and the United Kingdom and got a deeper understanding of cultural diversity. Thanks to the organizers and volunteers of Huazhong University of Science and Technology for these beautiful memories”, Soussou, a student from Morocco said to the reporter.
When talking about feelings of participating in the program, Hu Anqi, a Chinese volunteer said, "I hope we can do more to let international students appreciate the hospitality and warmth of Chinese people and the strength and inclusiveness of China."