Welcome Ceremony hosted by Director Mao Tongwen of Xiamen University
On June 29 Director Mao Tongwen of Xiamen University (XMU) hosted, on behalf of Vice President Yang Bin of Xiamen University, a welcome ceremony for our UD-NSLIY program. In his welcome speech, Director Mao Tongwen extended his warmest welcome to the “Young American Ambassadors” and emphasized the important roles they could play in promoting US-China relations. He pledged XMU’s full support for the UD-NSLIY program and wished the program a great success. Program Director Dr. Chen introduced the NSLIY program and thanked Xiamen University for its generous hospitality. On behalf of the entire group, the UD-NSLIY student representative Miss Lauren Richards thanked Xiamen University for its support and expressed deep appreciation for this great opportunity to get to know 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 gifts. The opening ceremony and the on-site orientation ended with group photo and ice-breaking sessions between the students and their Chinese buddies.
Among other university officials attending the opening ceremony were Council Chairman Wang Binhua of College of Humanities, Prof. Li Xiaohong, Deputy Dean of College of Humanities, and Ms, Lisa Yu, Deputy Director of Office for International Programs. Xiamen University has been the host institution for the UD-NSLIY since 2014.