On the evening of September 13, 2017 Ms. Zhao Haiyun, Vice Dean of the School of General Engineering (SGE), Dr. Sergei Alexandrov, lecturer of Calculus at SGE from Russia, Dr. Willem Eerland, lecturer of Linear Algebra at SGE from Netherlands and Ms. Gao Jing, Growth Mentor at SGE went to Shahe Campus to visit freshmen during Military Training.
The evening started off with songs which made the students’ blood sing with excitement. Ms. Zhao asked the students about their training and encouraged the students to overcome any difficulties they encounter, work on improving their willpower during the training and try their best to complete the Military Training mission. This was the first time that foreign teachers had visited the training field. They were impressed by the strict discipline that the students showed in the military camp in their camouflage coats. Ms. Gao Jing also expressed her sincere sympathy to the students and conveyed her best wishes for their forthcoming school life.
The 50 newly admitted freshmen of SGE were all very excited and happy during this interchange activity and had an animated exchange with their teachers on topics like college life and study. Students asked about their course arrangement, which seemed to be the primary concern. As regards the teaching mode – core courses taught in English – the teachers pointed out that in fact, the foreign teachers would work with Chinese teachers and the classes would be recorded so that students could review them at any time. It would help the students to adapt to English as the primary teaching mode faster. Core courses are equipped with a glossary handbook which is organized alphabetically and by chapter to make it easier for students to preview their courses and look up words more efficiently.
Having experienced three days of Military Training, the students also gave their perspectives on the significance of Military Training to the foreign teachers. They unanimously agreed that the purpose of Military Training was to make them more determined and tougher with strong patriotic feelings, and they were resolute with confidence in themselves to complete the Military Training mission successfully.
As the evening wore on, this exchange activity came to a happy end. It helped enrich the students’ Military Training life, increased their morale and enhanced communication between students and the school through their teachers. With encouragement from their teachers, the students will continue their two-week Military Training and showcase the fine quality of SGEers and all that is unique to SGE in the area of Military Training. More importantly, they will also forge ahead and advance bravely in the college life yet to come.