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34 U.S. students join summer Mandarin program at NCKU
The 2012 Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program kicked off at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) July 2 with 34 students from 22 American universities ready to study Mandarin Chinese in a program integrating intriguing cultural sessions and travel excursions in Taiwan.
Gary G. Oba, chief of American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Kaohsiung Branch, quoted a well-known Chinese proverb which means “No pain, no gain” to encourage the students to take advantage of the learning opportunity.
During the nearly-two-month stay in Taiwan, these 34 Taiwan-US Alliance Ambassadors will dedicate themselves to building international relationships while enjoying an incomparable immersive learning experience.
NCKU Executive Vice President Huey-Jen Jenny Su, on behalf of President Hwung-Hweng Hwung, welcomed the students as she introduced NCKU to them, pointing out NCKU’s outstanding performance in areas such as engineering and medicine.
The TUSA program provides a quality Mandarin Chinese immersion program with emphasis on speaking and simultaneous focus on all other areas of the language -- listening, reading and writing.
Chinese is a beautiful language but not easy to learn, said Oba, adding that it’s definitely a pleasure to learn Chinese at the beautiful campus of NCKU, a university that he said has rich historical heritage.
Cameron Tucker, one of the TUSA ambassadors who had learned Chinese for two years, said that he had a friend in America, a graduate of NCKU, who introduced to him some customs and culture about Taiwan that are very interesting.
Expecting real Taiwanese experience during the visit, Tucker, an engineer major, said he has resolved to master Chinese language skills in the summer program and plans to study at NCKU in the future.
The design of the courses centered on Taiwanese culture, including Mandarin Chinese classes, lectures on the language learning and Chinese culture, language exchange, one-on-one language class, Chinese word play, calligraphy, Chinese painting, Taichi, and a field trip to the historical sites in Tainan.