(中央社訊息服務20120706 14:06:34)The 2012 Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program kicked off at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) July 2 and 34 students from 22 American universities participated in the orientation and ready to study Mandarin Chinese in a program integrating intriguing cultural sessions and travel excursions in Taiwan.
Gary G. Oba, Branch Chief of American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Kaohsiung attended the ceremony urging the students to take advantage of the leaning opportunity by referring to the well-known Chinese proverb, “No pain, no gain.”
During the nearly-two-month visit, these 34 Taiwan-US Alliance Ambassadors are dedicated to build international relationships while sharing an incomparable immersive learning experience.
NCKU Executive Vice President Huey-Jen Jenny Su on behalf of President Hwung-Hweng Hwung welcomed the students from America and she introduced NCKU to the students by pointing out NCKU’s outstanding performance in areas such as engineering and medicine.
The TUSA program provides a quality Mandarin Chinese immersion program with emphasis on speaking and simultaneous focus on all other areas of the language - listening, reading and writing.
Chinese is such a beautiful language but not easy to learn, according to Chief Oba adding that it’s definitely a pleasure to learn Chinese at the beautiful campus of NCKU, a university with rich historical heritage.
Cameron Tucker, one of the TUSA ambassadors who had learned Chinese for two years, said that he had a friend in America who was a graduate of NCKU introduced some customs and culture about Taiwan he found very interesting.
Expecting real Taiwanese experience during the visit, Cameron, an engineer major, resolve to master Chinese skills in the summer program and plan to study at NCKU in the future.
The design of the courses centered on Taiwanese culture including Mandarin Chinese classes, lectures on the language learning and Chinese culture, language exchange, one-on-one language class, Chinese word play, calligraphy, Chinese painting, Taichi, and a field trip to the historical monuments in Tainan.
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