NAU Held Convocation for New International Students
October 28,2014

On 28th September, the Convocation for New International Students was held at College of International Education. COIE Dean, Professor Zhang Hongsheng, Deputy Dean, Dr. Shi Song and teacher representatives attended the convocation to welcome all newly arrived international students.

On behalf of COIE, Professor Zhang Hongsheng addressed the convocation. He introduced the history and development strategy of NAU, especially its academic achievements, competitive advantages and internationalization, and said all students have every reason to be proud of becoming a member of NAU. He hopes international students will cherish the opportunity to study here and enjoy their living in Nanjing. He also encouraged fresh students to be the bridge between different cultures and contribute to strengthen mutual friendship.

MUSANA RWALINDA FABRICE spoke on behalf of all fresh international students. He feels delighted to study in NAU and is eager to learn Chinese and to experience the culture. In the end of his speech, MUSANA RWALINDA FABRICE quoted the well-known Chinese idiom of “Study Well and Make Progress Every Day” as his guideline in the future.

KIPCHUMBA SIMON KIBET from Kenya and JAVAID ALI from Pakistan spoke on behalf of senior international students. They shared their experiences and stories in NAU from academic research to daily life, and asked fresh students to study hard and make contributions to both NAU and their homeland.

The convocation was concluded in the welcome video showing the experiences of all international fresh students during their first month’s stay in NAU.

In recent years, the international education at NAU has been greatly promoted and the number of international student has also increased. In 2014, NAU recruited 64 international undergraduate students, 66 postgraduate students and more than 80 short-term exchange students. They are from more than 20 countries and regions such as USA, France, UK, South Africa, Indonesia, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Kenya and Sudan. COIE attaches great attention to design an orientation program for all fresh students. By organizing a series of activities, their team work and cross-cultural communication skills are improved. Orientation courses include the guide to library, university gala for freshman, visit China Agricultural Civilization Museum, and lectures on academic guidance, safety and legal education.