To welcome the exchange students overseas, Office of International & Cross-Strait Academic Exchange held two events named “Housewarming Party of Xindian Internationl House” and “Orientation of Exchange Students” in September, 2015.
There are 305 students overseas this semester which include 143 trainees and 78 exchange students from China, 57 exchange students from other countries and 27 students in “Tong Fu Project” from Fuzhou University, College of Ocean. The number of international students this year is the biggest so far, and it shows the result of promoting international campus in Soochow University.
In this semester, there are around a hundred of professors and students, including professor Gong Kuang Xian from Fuzhou University live in the latest dormitory outside campus – Xindian Internationl House, therefore, Office of International & Cross-Strait Academic Exchange held “Housewarming Party of Xindian Internationl House” on September 4th, 2015 on the first floor of Xindian Internationl House. It began at 4PM with “Tournament” on four themes – “Setting the Kitchen”, “Lot Casting”, “Praying”, ”Inscription” – the traditions of living in a new place in Taiwan. This “Tournament” was designed by Soochow University Students’ International Service (SUSIS) in order to let international students experience local culture in divided groups. At 6PM, everybody gathered in front of the entrance to listen to the speech of Dean of Office of International & Cross-Strait Academic Exchange (ICAE), Prof. Sea-Wain YAU. Also, Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. Yung-Cheng Chuang, Director of the Center Po-Yi Wu and the staves, Military Instructor Shuai, Kai-Yuan, and Chairperson of Department of Microbiology Yi-Tang Chang were there to welcome international students and said “Cheers” with each other. There were a barbecue, Tangyuan (glutinous rice dumplings in sweet soup) and some fruit, and the first ceremony of living in a new place was in a happy end.
Besides, the “Orientation of Exchange Students” which is held at the beginning of each semester was held on September 7th, 2015 at 5:30PM in Pu Ren Tang at Waishuangshi Campus. The atmosphere of the orientation was wonderful, and there were around 400 participators; except international students, volunteers from Soochow University Students’ International Service (SUSIS) , professors and instructors were there, too. The president of Soochow University, Prof. Wei-Ta Pan, Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. Yung-Cheng Chuang ,Dean of Office of International & Cross-Strait Academic Exchange (ICAE), Prof. Sea-Wain YAU, Dean of School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Chen-Yu Hsieh, Dean of School of Foreign Languages and Cultures LIN Maosung and Chairperson of Department of Psychology Shyu, Li-Yu gave their speeches to encourage international students experience the kindness and local customs through studying here . Director of Cross-Strait Affairs Center Chia-Hui UEI, professor Gong Kuang Xian from Fuzhou University, and professor Bu Shu Jun from Shanghai Business School were also there.