Oceanian program rounds off at Shanghai university campus
Updated: 2017-07-31

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Oceanian students wear Peking Opera masks. [Photo/suibe.edu.cn]

After a month-long visit to Shanghai, a group of young students from Oceania has pledged to spread the word about the delights of the city and China to family and friends when they return home.

The students had been attending the Oceanian program of the 2017 Shanghai Summer School, which came to a conclusion at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics on July 14.

This year's edition attracted 42 students from six universities in Australia, New Zealand and island countries in Oceania.

The month-long program offered the overseas students curriculums ranging from specialized business lectures and Chinese language courses to traditional cultural immersions featuring calligraphy, paper-cutting, martial arts, tai chi and tea art.

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Oceanian students visit a Shanghai museum for cultural immersions. [Photo/suibe.edu.cn]

The young foreign students also enjoyed cultural visits to Shanghai and surrounding areas, such as a Chinese martial arts museum located on the campus of Shanghai University of Sport, where there is a collection of more than 2,000 relics recording the history and development of traditional Chinese exercises.

At the closing and awards ceremony held at the Gubei campus on July 14, Xu Yonglin, vice-president of the university, extended his congratulations to the Oceanian students. He said he hoped they could help promote Chinese culture after returning to their respective countries, and invited them to live and work in Shanghai in the future.

The students, represented by Fergus Orr from the University of Melbourne in Australia and Moriah Osborne from the University of Otago in New Zealand, extended their gratitude to the organizers and expressed their enjoyment of staying in the city. They said they will cherish their memories and share their experiences with family and friends.

Shanghai Summer School was launched by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission in 2008. Every year, the event attracts more than 400 overseas students to visit and experience Shanghai. It has become a local brand for international cultural and educational exchanges.

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Students pose for a group photo at the closing and awards ceremony of the 2017 Shanghai Summer School Oceanian program on July 14. [Photo/suibe.edu.cn]

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