|International Freshmen expect for their new life on NCCU campus. Photo: Vickie Lo (羅皓恩)
By Jen Chuang (莊昀臻)
About 360 foreign students from around the world joined the international student orientation at the Administration Building on Sept.11.
Dean of Office of International Cooperation (OIC) Chen Shu-heng (陳樹衡) welcomed new international students on behalf of National Chengchi University (NCCU) in his opening speech.
Chen said that this year OIC will offer more community experiences for the international students to help them become part of NCCU as well as Wenshan (文山) District in Taipei City, in which the university is located.
He said that the entire OIC team brainstorms together each year to find out how they can assist international students in achieving academic success at the university.
Chen also pointed out the important role that learning Mandarin Chinese might play in their future endeavors. He said NCCU has an excellent Chinese Language Center with passionate teachers and perfect learning environment. As a result, he encouraged the international students to take advantage of this opportunity to enhance their language skills.
Chen further encouraged international students to experience the local art and culture and to participate in dragon boat competitions or other similar events on campus or in the community.
“We are trying to help you [the international students] to integrate your life into NCCU and into the community,” Chen added. “Try to enrich your life not just in the classroom, but also life outside the classroom.”
According to OIC, the number of exchange students has grown from 269 last year to 362 this year, registering an increase of 34 percent.
Meanwhile, NCCU receives exchange students from Universidad del Desarrollo, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Uppsala University and Seoul National University for the first time this year.
International Student Counselor Dira Berman said that learning how things work in Taiwan,, knowing how to interact with the people here and understanding what they think about different issues are some of the important tasks for the international students.
“Everything depends on the attitude,” she said.
She also said that international students might feel frustrated sometimes after the school starts, but the key to success was communication. She told the students at the orientation to not be afraid of seeking help.
Lee Hung-hsuan (李泓萱) from Japan said that she hoped that her education at NCCU would not only help her improve her Chinese, but would also allow her to have more opportunities to meet other international and Taiwanese students.
Jelle Hatenboer, an exchange student from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, said that he was impressed by how helpful NCCU staffs have been. He also said that the students can have places like the riverbank to play sports as the university is located at the suburban area.
Sven Roehreke from Zeppelin University said that he wanted to come to NCCU to learn Chinese because of his grandfather, who spoke fluent Chinese. He also would like to study business from an Asia perspective.
|There are more than 500 new faces on NCCU campus this semester. Photo: Vickie Lo (羅皓恩)