Graduation season has arrived! The Office of International & Cross Strait Academic Exchange (ICAE) would like to wish the departing overseas Chinese and foreign students a heartfelt farewell. To help ensure these students experience a warm sendoff, on June 9, 2017 the Office hosted its “2016 Academic Year Overseas Chinese Student Graduation Luncheon”.
Graduation season happens to coincide with one of the busiest periods of the year, but the following distinguished university staff were able to attend to encourage and wish these departing students well: Vice-President Paul Dung, Associate Dean Huei-Fang Chen (School of Business), Director Rev. Kuan-Yu Huang (SCU Chaplain’s Office), Dean Sea-Wain Yau (ICAE), Director Serena Huang (Int’l Affairs Center), Director Yu-Mei Wang (Cross-Strait Affairs Center).
Vice-President Paul Dung, in his remarks at the event, told the overseas Chinese and foreign students that they are in the prime of their lives, and from their experience in Taiwan studying at SU they surely will recall many highs and lows. But only through this mixture will they mature and be able to use this to inform their future course in life and as a source of strength to press ahead. Associate Dean Huei-Fang Chen expressed her hope that, through their outstanding performance, the overseas Chinese students from the School of Business would serve as the most effective ambassadors for SU and its 100-year history to prospective students from various countries. After their well-wishes, Vice-President Dung also awarded the “2016 Annual Overseas Chinese Affairs Council Outstanding Graduating Student Scholarship” to nine students from Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, and Japan.
After the meal, overseas Chinese student Zhang Youting from the Dept. of English Language and Literature remarked that her four years of professional education at SU has instilled her with a deep sense of appreciation. Although she encountered the inevitable adjustment to the culture when she first arrived to Taiwan, help from the ICAE enabled her to overcome many of these difficulties, feel more at ease, and focus on her studies.
Overseas Chinese student from Malaysia Xie Jiaxuan from the Dept. of Business Administration thanked the ICAE for its care for all students from Malaysia, in particular for the many programs for financial assistance. These funds provide the opportunity to apply for study and to reduce the pressures they experience when studying abroad.
Graduation for these overseas Chinese and foreign students is not only the end of a phase in their life; it is a new store of memories and the beginning of their development of the skills they bring back to their home countries.
We at the ICAE wish all of these overseas Chinese students can take this experience and use it to grow in their self-worth and to forge ahead in their pursuit of their dreams.
Content: ICAE; figures: ICAE