Freshman Orientation Day Speech by PENG Jia(06CGA) ,a representative of Fellow Students, at the 2008 International School Opening Ceremony September 7, 2008 Dear students and friends, Good morning! It is my great pleasure to meet you here at Jinan University. First of all, on behalf of all students at the International School, I’d like to extend my warm welcome to all of you. Welcome to China. Welcome to Guangzhou. Welcome you to study at the International School of Jinan University. Internationalization is an important strategy for the development of the university. The International School benefits greatly from the rich cultural diversity, knowledge, experience and tradition that you bring with you here and in return, you will enjoy high quality education and our faculty will help you finish your study smoothly and successfully. Dear students, from now on, you’ll have a common name—“JNU IS member”. Before you start your new life here, as president, I’d like to propose some advice for you: Firstly, I hope that you may enjoy yourself as a member of the university as soon as possible, understanding China, getting familiar with Guangzhou, being a real member of the university, strengthening your ability of cross-cultural communication and making friends with Chinese and foreign teachers and students together with rapid progress and advances in your study. Secondly, I hope that you shall be excellent students here at JNU. Please cherish you time, study hard, abide by the university regulations and rules, and take advantage of excellent learning and research resources to learn well the Chinese language, Chinese culture and your discipline, improve your abilities and advance your all-round qualities. Thirdly, I hope that you will be messengers of friendship among different cultures. I suggest that you participate in all kinds of activities to be organized by the university and students themselves, introduce the cultures from your own countries to China and communicate widely with friends from other countries. We hope that you may serve as the bridge of friendship and communication between China and your country, making contributions to the friendship of people on the earth and the peace and development of the world as a whole. Dear students, it is really praiseworthy that you come here to pursue your study in China, because some of you are far away from your native country and family. Your courage, spirit and determination are really laudable and impressive. I believe your will gain many rewards for the time, effort and enthusiasm you have expended. We have great expectations of being friends with you, for the same name we own together—the JNU IS member, for the development of Jinan University, and for the friendship of people all around the world. I wish you success in chasing your dreams! Thank you!
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