On the afternoon of September 2nd, the opening ceremony forthe Filipinostudents of the class of 2019 was held on Qishan Campus. Xu Mingliang, chairman of the Friends of the Philippines Foundation and vice chairman of FNU board of directors, Chen Chuxin, member of Party Leadership Group of Foreign Affairs Office of the People’s Government of Fujian Province and full-time vice president of Fujian Provincial People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Zhou Erming, director of the International Office of the Education Department of Fujian Province, FNUleaders Li Baoyin, and Lai Hairong, heads ofrelevantdepartments,and teachers and students from International College of Chinese Studies, and Soledad College of FNU, attended the ceremony, presided over by vice presidentof FNULai Hairong.
In his speech, Li Baoyin, secretary of FNU Party Committee,on behalf of the school,warmly welcomedall the new Filipino students from afar, and brieflyintroducedthe history and status of FNU. Li pointed out that FNU has long been advancingeducationaland cultural exchanges and cooperation with the Philippines, including jointly establishing the Confucius Institutewith Angeles University Foundationin the Philippines, and specially setting up Soledad College toenrolloutstanding Filipino students to study in China, thusofferinga new platform foreducational partnership between the two countries andfurther promotingChina-Philippines cultural exchanges. He said that the Filipino students at FNUareenvoysofthe China-Philippines friendship, and alsopart of our school, hopingthey will adhereto the ethos in FNU’s mottoof “To Know and to Actwith Devotion and with Aspiration”, carry forwardFNU’spledge always to “teach earnestly, study diligently, seek truth and promote innovation”, andthe spirit ofdedication of Soledad Roa Duterte, that is, Nanay Soling,the mother of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte,and work hard to spreadthe cultures ofand promotefriendshipbetween China and the Philippines.
Chen Chuxin pointed out in his speech that FNU has long maintained close exchanges with the Philippines and the other ASEANcountries, carried out fruitful educational cooperation, and madepositive contributions to deepening the friendship between China and the ASEAN countries. He said that the establishment of Fujian Normal University SoledadCollege is of great significance and great responsibilityand hoped that the students willlearn professional knowledge earnestly, fully appreciate the traditional culturesof China and Fujian Province and after graduationcontribute a lotto the economic and social development of the Philippines and the everlasting friendship between the two countries.
At the opening ceremony, Dr. Cheng Junheng and Delos Santos Jessy spoke on behalf of teachersandon behalf of overseas studentsrespectively.
(Translated by Zheng Lizhen, Reviewed by Xie Xiujuan)