Together with a variety of campus events, the 2023 International Week of Shenzhen Technology University (SZTU) was rounded off on September 15. SZTU organized a range of international courses covering diverse fields, customized campus tour and corporate visit, exciting Bavarian Cultural Night, high-level International Forum, as well as Inauguration Ceremony and Welcome Show for freshmen, which enriched the experience of both SZTUers and over 70 international guests including professors, scholars and students, giving them wonderful opportunities to deepen exchanges and mutual understanding, and left an array of splendid and memorable moments.
International teachers and students interact with SZTU students at class. [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
From September 11 to 14, 116 international courses were offered to students, covering different subjects in engineering, science, management, art and social sciences. Many experienced professors and experts from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France and Singapore brought insightful English-taught lessons to SZTU students, and were also impressed by the state-of-art campus facilities and SZTU’s rapid growth.
Lab tour at SZTU [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
On September 13, the international guests took lab tours on campus, during which they learned about the laboratory equipment and latest achievements of different colleges at SZTU, exchanging knowledge and ideas on research.
Guests at the Bavarian Cultural Night [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
On the evening of September 13, SZTU Lakeview German Bavarian Cultural Night was held on campus, attracting over 800 teachers and students to gather together. Prof. Ruan Shuangchen, president of SZTU, Prof. Manfred Uhl, former vice president of Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Prof. Thomas Fuhrmann, former vice president of OTH Regensburg, together with other international professors and students as well as college and department heads of SZTU, attended the event.
SZTU teachers and students together with the international guests enjoy the Bavarian Cultural Night [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
Since its founding, SZTU has maintained close partnerships with many universities of applied sciences in Bavaria, Germany. Both Prof. Holger Haldenwang, honorary dean of Business School, and Prof. Franz Raps, dean of College of Urban Transportation and Logistics, are from Bavaria. Therefore, SZTU has continuously held such event since 2018 to memorize the partnerships and promote Sino-German cultural exchanges.
Shows at the Bavarian Cultural Night [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
The cultural feast consisted of wonderful shows by students and teachers, authentic Bavarian cuisine, dessert and beverages by German and Chinese chefs. All the international guests were invited to sing a Chinese song together at last.
Visit to BYD company [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
On September 14, the international guests were invited to visit the BYD Company Limited located in Pingshan District, in which they experienced its latest products and technologies and learned about the thriving industry of new energy vehicles in Shenzhen.
The international forum at SZTU [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
The last day started with the 5th High-level Forum on Universities of Applied Sciences themed Strategic Development for High-Quality University Education, which is another major event of the International Week. The international forum was attended by about 270 guests, teachers and students, including Prof. Ruan Shuangchen, Prof. Zhang Yanhong, deputy secretary of the Party Committee and secretary of Committee for Discipline Inspection of SZTU, the international guests including 6 guest speakers from universities in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, as well as representatives from SZTU.
Ms. Zeng Siyu, director of International Cooperation and Student Affairs Office, hosts the forum. [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
Prof. Andreas Altmann, rector of Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), makes a speech on the importance of entrepreneurial universities. [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
As the first guest speaker, Prof. Andreas Altmann introduced the features of MCI, including internationalization, high-quality education, practice-oriented courses, integration between innovation and industry.
Prof. Robert Grebner, president of Technical University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt, gives a speech. [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
In his speech, Prof. Robert Grebner stressed on the strategy and trend of integrating digital technologies into higher education to achieve high-quality university development.
Prof. Michael Jeive, associate of the China Center at University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
Prof. Michael Jeive gave a talk titled “Why International Relations Matter”. He shared the practices and experience of FHNW in developing students’ global vision and competitiveness for achieving high-quality education.
Prof. Frank Pöhlau, dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Precision Engineering and Information Technology at Nuremberg Institute of Technology [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
Prof. Frank Pöhlau made a speech on strategic development of staff awareness and ability. He emphasized the importance of developing students’ personalities and creativity, and introduced how the Teaching and Learning Center of Nuremberg Institute of Technology works to improve teaching and learning outcomes.
Prof. Ingo Striepling, chairman of Audit Committee at Regensburg University of Applied Sciences (OTH Regensburg) [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
Prof. Ingo Striepling gave a speech, stressing that universities should offer rich opportunities of scientific and cultural exchanges and cooperation to scholars and students.
Prof. Michael Feucht, international faculty coordinator of Business School at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
Prof. Michael Feucht made a speech titled “International Activities at Universities in A Post-COVID World”. Taking Blended Intensive Program (BIP) in Europe as an example, he highlighted the positive effects of blended activities combining remote learning and short-term exchanges.
Prof. Ruan Shuangchen delivers a speech on method to promote high-quality development of SZTU. [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
Last but not least, Prof. Ruan introduced how SZTU benchmarks German and Swiss universities of applied sciences in promoting opening-up and exchanges and exploring a new path of industry-education integration and university-enterprise cooperation. He summarized that SZTU is promoting its high-quality development with a focus on four elements: innovation, scientific research, interdisciplinarity and internationalization.
SZTU Inauguration Ceremony [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
On the evening of September 15, SZTU Inauguration Ceremony and Welcome Show was held, participated by Prof. Zhang Jihong, secretary of the Party Committee of SZTU, Prof. Ruan Shuangchen, Prof. Zhang Yanhong, Mr. Xu Yingquan, director of South China Region and Up-Market Strategic Business Unit of Inovance Technology, the international guests, department and college heads of SZTU, and over 4,000 freshmen. This year, SZTU has recruited 3,997 undergraduates, 298 master degree candidates and 9 doctoral students. And the total number of registered students has reached over 10,000.
Prof. Zhang Jihong presents awards to the Freshmen Scholarship winners. [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
To welcome and encourage the freshmen, Prof. Ruan Shuangchen made a speech titled “Through Actions, Gain Knowledge, Envision the Future”. [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
Representing the international guests, Prof. Robert Grebner gives a speech, expressing his expectations for the freshmen. [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
Mr. Xu Yingquan makes a speech, urging the students to explore the unknown independently and positively. [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
As the teacher representative, Prof. Liu Qingxia, dean of Future Technology School, addresses the ceremony. [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
SZTU Welcome Show [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
At the Welcome Show, students and teachers from SZTU gave wonderful performances in various forms, such as vocal trio, medley, dances, Chinese martial arts, animation dubbing, and chorus.
All guests and performers at the Welcome Show [Photo/Party Affairs Committee Publicity Office]
All the international guests and teachers and students of SZTU were invited to sing a Chinese song named “The Same Song”, drawing a successful conclusion to the 2023 International Week.
Drafted by Olivia（赖丽伟）/ International Cooperation & Student Affairs Office
Revised by International Cooperation & Student Affairs Office
Edited by International Cooperation & Student Affairs Office