SCNU was awarded the Outstanding Colleges and Universities Award in the "Foreign Cultural Trade" Competition on June 28 in Beijing, demonstrating fruitful results in fostering a diverse community of international students who possess a deep understanding and appreciation for China, as well as a genuine affection for the university and its values.

The 2023 Tell China's Stories--"Foreign Cultural Trade" Talent Selection Competition was held with the aim of preserving and inheriting outstanding Chinese traditional culture and promoting the globalization of Chinese culture. Only fifty Outstanding Colleges and Universities Awards were given to contestants from over 400 colleges and universities that participated.

The entries submitted by international students of SCNU showed what they witnessed and heard about China's development, traditional customs, history and culture, and human landscape and what they learned and felt about school life and interpersonal relationships during their time in China.

For example, Korean student Kim Hyunseo talked about the process of getting familiar with the School of International Culture and showed her feelings and academic achievements of studying in China, expressing her affection for China.


Video snapshot of Kim Hyunseo introducing herself.

Mexican student Alejandro Cervera Lopez captured his study experience in China by sharing stories of his life in China while highlighting his academic achievement at the School of International Culture. He expressed a deep attachment to South China Normal University, the city of Guangzhou and China.


Video snapshot of Alejandro Cervera Lopez, known by his Chinese as Tian Liang, wearing traditional Chinese clothing while recording.

Sponsored by the Center for International Cultural Communication of China International Communications Group (CICG) and Sinolingua (a press dedicated to publishing Chinese books for foreigners), the competition has received attention and support since its launch in January 2023. More than 8,000 international students from over one hundred countries participated in this competition this year.

Liu Dawei, the vice president of CICG, and guests from the Embassy of the Republic of Cameroon, the Embassy of the Gabonese Republic, the China Scholarship Council, and the China Internet Information Center, attended the award ceremony. The launching ceremony of the entrepreneurship training for returned overseas students was held simultaneously.

In the future, SCNU will continue its dedicated efforts developing new approaches to promote the development of international students by strengthening the connection with partner colleges and universities and fostering cooperation with the government and enterprises. By doing so, SCNU aims to make contributions to spreading Chinese culture worldwide and deepening exchange and mutual learning among civilizations.

Source: the School of International Culture

Translated by Lin Yingtong, Luo Xiaoying, Long Yuchen

Proofread by Edwin Baak

Edited by Wang Yingmin

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