广州大学国际教育学院副院长 杨运鑫 教授
Distinguished Mr. TUOMAS and Mr.HARRI，ladies and gentlemen，Good morning!
Spring comes to the earth again, and all things look fresh and gay. Today we get together and hold the opening ceremony for the new overseas students of International Education college of Guangzhou University. Now, on behalf of the International Education college, I will extend the warmest welcome to the new students from Finland and express the most heartfelt thanks to the teachers who will take on the courses.
Guangzhou University is a comprehensive university with a history of over 50 years. Through the whole school’s effort, the university develops rapidly with significantly increasing comprehensive strength. It has been authorized to have master degree and PHD studies. Among the national universities, our school gets better and better achievement on the billboard in all kinds of academic index. Meanwhile, the quality of teaching has been significantly improved. We have reached the level of "excellence" in the Undergraduate Teaching Evaluation which is organized by National Ministry of Education and have earned the top rank of nationwide colleges and universities. The National Key Laboratory of the university has also achieved a major breakthrough so that the competitiveness has been greatly enhanced. The development of the university has stepped on a new stage.
Teaching Chinese as a foreign language of GuangzhouUniversity is very characteristic. The university has been granted the right to a master's degree, so it possesses a team of teachers with rich experience in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. We also have our patented products, a kind of indexing method of Chinese characters named as Yi-wuma which is invented by Professor Yi- Hongcheon. This indexing method is very creative through coding the Chinese characters as graphics which can help to make learners easy to learn Chinese, even for those who have never known what Chinese is also can find the pronunciation, the shape and the meaning of Chinese characters in accordance with the graph and the shape of the characters. This method has brought Chinese teaching great convenience. The Committee of the Promotion of Chinese Overseas shows great interest in it, and plans to introduce and spread this method nationwide. The present teacher, Ms. Li Ying has mastered this indexing method through self-study by only several hours. The oversea students from Italy and Korea also have been able to use this method proficiently. I hope you will study hard at it, too.
Guangzhou University offers good living facilities, in particular, the unique business center caters to all customers and brings great convenience, which makes the students from other Universities feel envy. The managers of our university attach great importance to the development of the InternationalEducationCollege and give strong support in a wide range. They have created favorable condition for overseas students’ study and life.
如何度过在广州大学的美好学习时光，这是很多同学需要思考和实践的，对于这个问题，我想对同学们提几点建议和希望：首先，希望同学们树立信心，坚信通过扎实地学习必将在学业上收获硕果；二是希望同学们充分利用有利的学习条件、刻苦学习，只要刻苦、努力，没有什么事是办不到的，The things impossible today may be possible tomorrow；三是希望同学们入乡随俗，严格遵守中国的法律法规和广州大学的规章制度；四是希望同学们尽快适应新的学生生活环境，广交朋友，加强与中国学生的友好交流，更好地促进中芬文化的传播与互动。
How to spend the time in GuangzhouUniversity is a very important problem. Students need to think about it and put it into practice. Some advice about it is raised as followed: First of all, you should establish confidence and firmly believe that you will achieve a good result through hard study; secondly, you should take full advantage of favorable conditions to study. The things impossible today may be possible tomorrow; Thirdly, you are required to strictly comply with Chinese and university laws and regulations. Forthly, you have to adapt to the new environment of school life as soon as possible, just as an old saying “do in Rome as Rome does”. You will make friends, and strengthen friendly exchanges with Chinese students to better promote the cultural spread and communication between China and Finland .
Ladies and gentleman, during these years, GuangzhouUniversity has formed its unique spirit from the work and practice. It is “restrained for truth, triumph over difficulties for advancement, innovation for change, and accommodating for exchange”. I hope you can also inherit this spirit to study hard, get well along with others, and bridge the culture exchange and friendship between China and Finland together with the students of GuangzhouUniversity.
Finally, I sincerely wish the new students would achieve good results in study and lead a happy life! Wish everyone present good health and all the best! Wish our teachers become educational experts and have pupils everywhere! Thank you!