TAINAN, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The first Aceh scholarship students from Indonesia have completed two to three weeks of intensive Chinese program at Chinese Language Center, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan, and experienced the rich culture and history of Taiwan.
In the closing ceremony, the 29 Indonesian students have prepared dance and singing performances to show their gratitude toward the teaching staff and student hosts at NCKU Chinese Language Center and promised to come back next summer.
During the three-week Chinese language training, NCKU Chinese Language Center has arranged six hours of language lesson everyday to train students’ basic communication skills. To allow students to quickly adapt to their life in Taiwan and understand the culture and customs of Taiwan, the Center has also organized lectures which introduced the beauty of traditional Chinese painting and arranged city tour for the students to enjoy the historical monuments and local cuisines.
The Aceh Government, Indonesia, has signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education, Taiwan, and beginning in the year 2011, the government will select and assign 50 government-supported students to come to Taiwan to study.
NCKU Director Rong-Fu Wu of Chinese Language Center expressed, “In 2004, the territory of Aceh in Indonesia has experienced tsunami, leading to a great loss of talents. As the member of the global village in the 21st century, NCKU has the obligation to show its concern. Therefore, when the Government in Indonesia got in touch with NCKU through the Office of Elite Study in Taiwan, the Chinese Language Center quickly proposed a plan, hoping to assist the Government of Indonesia in training the future talents of the country.”
Director Rong-Fu Wu further added, “This year, we have received very enthusiastic response from the Government of Indonesia and they have sent 29 students to NCKU to study Chinese. NCKU Chinese Language Center has also offered our best teaching faculty to the students, so they could adapt to Taiwan and understand Taiwan. We hope after the completion of the program, the students can successfully complete their studies in universities in Taiwan.”
One of the Indonesia students revealed, “The teachers at NCKU Chinese Language Center were extremely dedicated. They have carefully guided us in writing our homework and specially arranged one-on-one conversation everyday, so I began to have the courage and confidence to speak Chinese in front of the teachers and classmates. The teachers even brought lemon tea to our dormitories to console students who were still studying hard at midnight.”
Another Indonesian student mentioned, “I really appreciate the rich courses and activities arranged by the teachers at NCKU Chinese Language Center. People in Tainan are very kind and friendly. I truly enjoy the taste of mango ice and the convenience of 7-11 convenient stores in Taiwan. NCKU is one of the top universities in Taiwan, and people at NCKU are like a big family. I hope I can come back next year to continue studying Chinese.”
This year, NCKU Chinese Language Center had 340 summer program students from more than 40 countries, 146 high school and university exchange students from United States, Russia, Japan and Korea, and also 70 Chinese language teachers from San Francisco, Houston, Chicago and Vancouver.