Twenty-eight international students took off on an “Amazing Race” on August 7 that helped launch what they hope will be an amazing education at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
UNCP Amazing Race winners – From left: Xianghui Gao from Gansu Agricultural University; Yi Li from Lanzhou University of Finance and Economics; Yan Kong from Shandong University at Weihai; and Yurong Bian from Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology.
The race took seven teams across campus as part of a week-long orientation, said event coordinator Sara Brackin, director of International Programs.
“This group is from the CCIEE consortium (Chinese Center for International Education Exchange),” Brackin said.
Participants of the Sino American “1 + 2 + 1” Dual Degree Program were selected from 13 partner universities in China.
“Because of our good reputation for student management, this is our largest group,” Brackin said. “In fact, it’s exactly twice as large as last year.”
Dr. Yun Shi is the Asian Program coordinator for UNCP. “The International Program’s staff is committed to making their transition to American campus life as smooth as possible”, Shi said.
The race traveled from classrooms to the Native American Resource Center’s Museum in Old Main. The students filled out necessary forms at the Office of the Registrar and posed for photographs for their student identifications.
Dr. James E. Callaghan, associate vice chancellor for International Programs, said the students were challenged but enjoyed themselves.
“The students had a great time as the activity not only gave them a fun, and highly-effective, way to get to know our campus, and its key offices and staff members, but also each other,” Dr. Callaghan said. “Naturally, their English language skills were also challenged as they had to understand the overall rules of the game, interact with staff across campus, and read and understand the clues given to them at each stop.”
The winning team braved the heat and ran the course on a humid morning. The members were Yan Kong, a mass communication major from Shandong University at Weihai; Yi Li, an economics major from Lanzhou University of Finance and Economics; Xianghui Gao, an economics major from Gansu Agricultural University; and Yurong Bian, a business major from Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology.
They agreed that North Carolina weather was warm, and they learned a lot during the UNCP Amazing Race.
When quizzed about the name of the local American Indian tribe, they answered in unison, “Lumbee Indians.”
“I learned they are a strong people and they are friendly,” Bian said.
“I learned this is a big campus,” Kong said. “It’s so big; we’re tired.”
It is understandable that the CCIEE 2008 cohort was weary. They flew into Boston and changed planes in Washington, D.C., before arriving late Sunday in Raleigh, N.C.
Nevertheless, they had a busy week planned for them that included dinner with Chancellor Allen C. Meadors and his wife, Barbara. They shopped, opened bank accounts and got a taste of Southern cooking.
Mengmeng Guo enjoyed the local cuisine and meeting Chancellor Meadors.
“It was very kind of him to host us at his home,” Guo said. “I liked the roast beef and the strawberry shortcake.”
Like the other Chinese students, Guo has high hopes for her studies at UNCP and future career.
“I will major in English,” she said. “I would like to work for a multi-national corporation.”
The CCIEE group has successfully completed one year of college and they will spend two years at UNCP before finishing their studies in China.
Chinese consortium – 28-strong, the group comes to UNCP from an international education consortium of 13 Chinese universities.
Sunny day – Umbrellas were the fashion of the day. From left: Yi Li from Lanzhou University of Finance and Economics; Qiujin Gu from Yunnan University; Mingyue Mu from Southwest Petroleum University; Yuexin Li from Gansu Agricultural University; Xiaowen Liu and Yueping Zheng from Guangdong University of Business Studies; Xin Tong from Lanzhou University of Finance and Economics; Yiwen Wang from Xi’an Shiyou University.