Thirty students from all over the county, led by Dr. Jianguo Chen, Dr. Maria Tu and Professor Jianjun Huang from the University of Delaware, all got on board as the flight to Shanghai, China departed from Newark International Airport in New Jersey at 11:30 AM on July 1st, 2012. After over 14 hours of flying, they arrived at Shanghai at 2:50 PM on July 2nd (China Time), safe and sound. Professor Xiujuan Wang, student life Supporter and program coordinator in Shanghai, and Ms. Lu Zhang, program officer and local NSLIY coordinator, welcomed all students in Pudong International Airport. Till now, 37 members of the UD-NSLIY program were all on board and couldn’t wait to start a wonderful journey in China together.
It took the shuttle bus about 40 minutes to arrive at East China Normal University (ECNU), the hosting university for the NSLIY program, located in central Shanghai from the airport. Students all moved into the No. 2 International Students’ Dormitory. After a few days in the orientation and on the flight, students have got to know each other well. They also got to pick their own roommate! The dorm is under hotel management and has central air conditioning system in place. Students demonstrated great team spirit as they helped each other move heavy luggages to the dorms. ECNU hosted the welcome dinner in the Sir Shaw Run Run Building restaurant on campus. More than a dozen different authentic Shanghai style dishes were served for the dinner.
After dinner all faculty, staff and students had a brief meeting in the multipurpose conference room on the first floor of the Dorm building. Dr. Chen introduced the schedule for the first day of program (July 3rd). Students also received red tshirts provided by ECNU. They had their very first campus tour in ECNU. There are grocery stores, ATM machines and currency exchange stations on campus. Life at ECNU will be much easier and more convenient as they thought.
There is a 12-hour difference between China and the US (eastern). Now it is the first night in Shanghai, maybe a sleepless night for many students due to jet-lag, but most importantly, excitement.