On July 6 on behalf of President Zhang Rong of Xiamen University, Vice President Zhan Xinli of Xiamen University hosted a welcome ceremony for the 2018 UD-NSLIY program. In her welcome speech, VP Zhan extended a warm welcome to the “Young American Ambassadors” and applauded the hard efforts they are making to promote US-China relations. VP Zhan pledged XMU’s full support for the UD-NSLIY program and wished the program a great success. On behalf of the group, the UD-NSLIY student representative Miss Trinity Hoffman-Dacula thanked Xiamen University for its strong support and for the opportunity to get to know about China first hand. After a publicity video of XMU, the students each greeted their Chinese teachers, Chaperons and buddies, who in turn presented the students with welcome gifts.
Other university officials attending the opening ceremony were Council Chairman Wang Binghua of the College of Humanities, Dean Zhu Jin and Deputy Dean Li Xiaohong of College of Humanities. Xiamen University has been a host institution for the UD-NSLIY since 2014. University President Zhu Chongshi, who retired in 2017, has attached great importance to this prestigious NSLIY summer program. Back in 2014 he personally greeted the NSLY students and invited them as his personal guests to visit the university’s new Xiangan campus where the students were privileged to use its newly opened Olympic-style swimming pool.