Internationalization facilitates cultural exchange
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In support of CityU’s mission to promote cultural diversity and internationalization, the International and Non-local Students Office (INSO) organized a welcoming ceremony on 2 September for more than 200 students.
Internationalized education at CityU promotes cultural diversity, exposes local students to a more diverse student community, and enriches campus life for local as well as exchange/non-local students.
In his welcoming address, Professor H K Chang, University President, said CityU enjoyed a broad mix of students from
The University is strengthening international ties in academic and student exchange activities and attracting more students from the mainland and overseas in response to the University Grants Committee’s plan to increase non-local student intake.
In 2003-2004, CityU maintained cooperation and student exchange agreements with approximately 200 partner institutions worldwide, bringing 102 overseas and mainland students to campus. This year, however, CityU has admitted over 400 non-local students, a remarkable achievement for such a short period of time.
To help acquaint non-local students with their new home, 40 CityU students are working as buddies on this year’s “Buddies Scheme”, organized by Student Development Services (SDS) and now into its fourth year. The scheme provides visa application support, arrival reception services, campus tours and helps in course enrollment. It is also a genuine platform for exchange since both parties benefit. “By helping exchange and non-local students adjust to life on campus and in Hong Kong, the buddies are exposed to a variety of different cultures and languages, an experience which is a crucial part of growing up,” said Dr Ruth Yee, Associate Director of SDS.
Florian Neuhuber, an exchange student from Austria, said that the high number of non-local students on campus meant he could make friends with people from different countries and thus collect useful contacts for the future. “I am confident my time here will be a springboard to develop my career in the business sector in both
CityU buddy, Lian Jiaxin, a trilingual Year 2 student in the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, said it was a pleasure to offer a one-stop service to exchange students. “Now that I have served as a CityU Ambassador, I have become more confident and the opportunity to openly exchange views on cultural, social and international issues has broadened my global horizon,” she said.
Qiu Jie and Wang Xinhao, both from
The International and Non-local Students Office (INSO) came into operation in mid-June