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The 11th "Dutch Lions & Chinese Dragons” Exchange Program between GCU and NHL officially launched.

Under the auspices of the International Education and Communication Centre and organized by the School of Jewellery, the opening ceremony of the 11th “Chinese Dragons v. Dutch Lions” cross-cultural academic exchange activity themed “the Chinese Dream” between GCU and NHL was held at Room 101, Building A6 on the morning of Oct 18th, 2016. 
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Professor Zeng Zhixin, vice president of GCU, Ms.Xing Yingying, vice dean of the School of Jewellery, MS. Li Hong, vice dean of the School of Mechanical Engineering attended the Opening Ceremony. Also present at the Ceremony were professors of NHL,including Arieke Koelemij Arné BlauwJanneke BroerJildou RekkerSytze VerbeekMarie-Hélène de Vrij as well as 42 Dutch students and 80 Chinese partner students.
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On behalf of GCU, Professor Zeng Zhixin extended a warm welcome to all the teachers and students from NHL and made an introduction to the international cultural and educational communication in GCU. “NHL is one of the main partners of GCU”, he pointed out. “In the past five years, ten exchange activities have been held between NHL and GCU. By virtue of these activities, students of both institutions have not only increased mutual understanding, but also built up deep friendship, further extending the connotation of internationalization of higher education. The two-week exchange program has now been extended to one-semester exchange program with tuition mutually waived, opening a new chapter for the cooperation between NHL and GCU.” he added.
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Ms. Xing Yingying, vice dean of the School of Jewellery, gave a warm welcome to all the teachers and students from NHL and made a brief introduction to the School. She said “Drawing on the features of the School of Jewellery, the exchange activity this time is intended to promote Chinese Jewellery Culture with “the Chinese Dream” as its theme, and to facilitate communication and understanding of the Chinese and Dutch culture with academic practical activities as the main thread. The two-week exchange activities include not only such Chinese traditional folklore as Tea Art, paper-cutting, Kung Fu, and calligraphy, but also academic activities like jewellery appreciation, Chinese knotting, and jade carving. Moreover, visits to feature museums, factories, high schools, and cultural scenic spots are also part of the exchange activities. It is hoped that the teachers and students of NHL can, through the variety of activities, enhance their understanding of the Chinese culture, and jewellery culture in particular.” 
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Professor Arieke Koelemij and representative of the Dutch students said in a humorous way that they were all full of expectations a month ago when they received the activity schedule, hoping to know more about Chinese traditional cultural. After watching the Chinese traditional lion dance performance and participating in the party of the English Association yesterday, they all felt very curious about the following two-week study and believe that the study will be fruitful. Xu Suimin, representative of the Chinese partner students expressed her honour to have chance to communicate and study with the Dutch students, enhancing mutual understanding and being intimate partners. 
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In the end, Liang Zhijun, the program assistant, briefed the schedule of the activities for the upcoming two weeks. After taking group photo, the Dutch students, accompanied by the partner students, visited the exhibition hall of the School of Jewellery and had a campus tour.