Ladies and gentlemen,
Good morning! Today we are glad to hold the opening ceremony of the 2018 spring semester of Overseas Education College.
As is said by Confucius, how happy we will be if friends come from far away!
This semester, there are 104 new students coming to OEC from 25 countries and regions. On behalf of Overseas Education College of Xiamen University, here I extend my warmest welcome to new students from all over the world. Congratulations on being a part of Xiamen University.
China has a long history with extensive and profound culture, and its people are industrious and friendly. China is advancing rapidly. It is just the right time for you to study here.
Xiamen University is widely regarded as the most beautiful university in China. You guys are so smart to choose Xiamen University and so lucky to be admitted.
2018 is the Year of the Dog in China. May the joy of New Year be with you throughout the year! Today is the Lantern festival in China. Here, I wish you a happy, healthy and fruitful year.
I will briefly give you some background knowledge about Xiamen University and Overseas Education College.
Mr. Tan Kah Kee, the well-known patriotic overseas Chinese, founded Xiamen University in 1921. It is the first university in modern Chinese history to be founded by Overseas Chinese. It is also one of thebest universities in the nation.
Xiamen University has 28 schools containing 76 departments and 14 research institutes, with 2,718 full-time faculty and professional researchers, including 1,826 professors and associate professors. The university now has a total enrolment of over 40,000 full-time students oncampus, including 1,196 overseas degree students.
The university has profound international communication and cooperation. It has established partnerships with more than 300 universities overseas and has carried out substantive cooperation with 47 top 200 universities in the world. It has established 16 Confucius Institutes in collaboration with local universities in 13 countries. Meanwhile, the Academic of Confucius Institute Directors is also located on Xiang’an campus.
The university covers a total area of more than 600 hectares, including Siming campus, Xiang’an campus, Zhangzhou campus and the newest Campus in Malaysia. We are now on Xiang’an campus.
Founded in 1956, Overseas Education College is one of the earliest institutes offering Chinese language education programs for overseas students.
Now we offer non-degree Chinese language programs, BA,and MA programs in Chinese language education. We now have nearly 2,000 students including foreign students from all over the world and Chinese students from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau in our college.
OEC has over 40 experienced teachers and more than 20 administrative staff. Most of them used to teach or study abroad. They will provide you teaching and service of the best quality.
Here at the beginning of your study, I would like to share a few pieces of advice with you:
First, you should adapt to the new environment and life as soon as possible. Improve yourself during communication with your teachers and classmates. Take part in more student activities after class.
Second, make full use of the facilities on campus, such as library, sports fields, swimming pool, café, etc, which will be helpful for your study. Take part in different kinds of cultural activities on campus, know more about Chinese culture and become student ambassadors for cultural exchanges，which promotes the internationalization of campus.
Third, I hope that you can cherish the opportunity to master knowledge and skills and make contributions to the constructions of international exchange, “The Belt and Road” and the community of shared future for mankind.
The last, but not the least, all students should abideby Chinese laws and school regulations and pay attention to your personal andproperty safety although China is one of the safest countries in the world.
Good luck and enjoy your time here.