(中央社訊息服務20150912 16:51:13)New and returning students flooded onto the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) campus for orientation and to get in stride for the upcoming semester. A total of 708 new students from 67 countries gathered together on September 12 at the International Conference Room to attend the orientation for the fall semester.
NCKU President Huey-Jen Jenny Su extended her warmest welcome to the new international students and said, “You will discover yourself in the campus which has the greatest number of the diversity of the countries represented here in one campus.”
“When I see you, somehow vividly came to my mind my first day in America so many decades ago, and I have a lot of friendship and very warm support from not only the campus faculty, the staff but also citizens there,” President Su said.
She added, “I have full confidence that you will have a lot of warm support from the citizens here but I want to make sure we also in the campus not disappointed you for your decision to come here.”
Informing students there is a dengue fever outbreak around in Tainan City, President Su who is a renowned public health expert, said, “I was patrolling around the campus for the past few weeks, for that I want to guarantee you if anywhere you find the safest place or most guarded place in Tainan City that would be inside the campus at NCKU.”
In his welcoming remarks, Vice President for International Affairs Yueh-Min Huang said, “We will provide information to help you familiarize with the university, its programs, academic and extra-curricular activities, policies, services and campus resources.”
President Su also said that she will invite the new students to have lunch, dinner or even afternoon tea together after the semester starts. “Then I will be able to hear some of your inputs to see how we can better facilitate your time here,” she said.
A senior student Regina Kansole, who is studying her PhD in NCKU, sharing her experience to the new students said, “You will meet the world in Taiwan and it is not the advertisement. It is the truth.”
“When I came here in Taiwan, I made a lot of friends, said Regina adding, “Taiwan is kind of like color pool, it is a place you don’t really have to travel around the world but you will meet the world here.”
She also said, “NCKU has one of the biggest libraries in Taiwan. When you want the knowledge, here you will get the knowledge. Don’t hesitate to go to the library and whatever your field of study is, you’ll find the books you need there.”
“Don’t be lazy,” Regina advised the new students saying, “because professors in NCKU don’t like lazy students, so you have to show them that you came here to get a good grade.”
“I’m very excited to start,” said Carlo Banegas coming from Honduras to study aeronautical engineering in NCKU.
Carol talked about his choices and said, “NCKU is the most prestigious university in Taiwan, especially in the study of aeronautical engineering.”
“Also, I have lived in Tainan for one year to study Chinese, and I used to stay in the campus. I like it a lot. I think it’s very comfortable,” he added.
As for the new semester, Carlo said, “It’s going to be hard but if I keep it up, I will be able to pass my classes.”
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