The history of Xiamen University is a history of the world with China – World

Beyond its reputation as “the most beautiful university in China”, Xiamen University tells a story of openness and hard work, an international media team has found.

Sitting with members of the “A Date with China” international media tour in a Western-style classroom architecture, three international professors and seven international students shared their stories about the university and China.

William Brown, 66, a professor of organizational behavior at the university’s school of management, said he was a “Xiamener” in the local dialect. He left the United States for China with his family in 1988 and has been teaching at the university ever since. since.

Professor William Brown. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

“The reason why Xiamen University is the first choice for foreign students is that they are open-minded, because it is the driving force of the Chinese mainland and the beginning of the ancient road of maritime silk.”

Having witnessed China’s remarkable changes and development over the past 30 years, the professor was also part of the process. He said what he really appreciates is that his students are engaged in China’s poverty alleviation work in areas like Ningxia and Xinjiang.

Brown is one of the first international MBA professors introduced to China in the late 1980s, when Xiamen University was the only university to provide housing and other facilities for international professors and their families.

Xiamen University became China’s first higher education institute to found an overseas campus in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2014.

Hong Jinyeong from South Korea, an undergraduate student in Chinese international education, was happy to return to his dream campus after serving his country’s military term and living through the COVID-19 pandemic. He believed he hadn’t missed the Centennial of Universality celebration despite attending remotely in April 2021, as his professors and classmates kept him up to date on campus events online.

“Now, nearly five years after I arrived here, I’m working hard to achieve my dream of putting on the bachelor gown, smelling the scent of campus herbs and flowers, the same as when I arrived here,” he said. -he declares.

Bekkeldiyeva Eldana’s dream is to become an excellent Chinese teacher teaching the language to non-speakers. The Chinese international education master’s student from Kazakhstan said her dream is to bring the two countries closer together using language and culture.

Bekkeldieva Eldana. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

During her second year of master’s studies, she returned to her home country and worked as an intern teaching Chinese language and traditional Chinese painting at a Confucius Institute. “So I want to return to my home country in the near future and exercise my skills in multi-faceted cooperation between China and Kazakhstan and contribute to the friendly relations between the two countries,” she said.

Xiamen University was founded in 1921 by Tan Kah Kee, a patriotic overseas Chinese business pioneer and philanthropist in his hometown. It is the first Chinese university funded by a Chinese citizen abroad.

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