On May 5th, the 7th Beihang International Cutural Festival was held at Qiushi Square. Beihang President Xu Huibin, representatives of some foreign embassies and consulates in China, administrative staff and heads of several schools of Beihang University attended the opening ceremony.
For years, many cultures around the world have communicated and integrated in Beihang University, forming the unique international culture at Beihang campus. This year, with the theme of “Embrace the New Era, Light the New Dream”, the festival consisted of two parts: exhibition and performance.
At the opening ceremony, flag bearers from participating counties paraded and performed the opening dance as well as a fashion show. Elementary school students from Experimental School of Beihang University also took part in the ceremony in groups, showing the feature that “campus internationalization starts from school children”.
At the exhibition area, international students from 43 countries set up exhibition booths and displayed the diverse cultures and customs of their home countries through various ways such as games, artworks, art shows and delicious food. Wearing colorful traditional costumes, they introduced the cultures and daily lives in their hometowns, invited the visitors to taste their homeland food, and taught visitors some simple words in their languages passionately. President Xu visited the booths, communicated with international students cordially and accepted interviews with international student reporters.
At the performance area, foreign students staged plentiful shows characteristic of their own cultures, including exotic and colorful folk songs, dances and instrumental performances, attracting many visitors and winning their applause.
The festival was supported by CAICO and assisted by foreign embassies in China.
International education of Beihang University focuses on the strategic goal of "building a world-class university rooted in China”, cultivating talents with global vision, civic awareness and responsibility to serve the future. At present, there are over 2,200 students from 120 countries around the world studying at Beihang, among whom are undergraduates, postgraduates and doctoral students, with a total of near 1,300. From 1996 to 2017, over 1700 foreign students graduated from Beihang University with degrees, including more than 300 doctors, 960 masters and 500 bachelors.
Reported by Liu Xu
Photographed by Zhang Yan, Xue Rongrong, Li Lan, Li Weikang, Gao Minghui
Edited by Shi Yue
Translated by Li Siying and Zhao Yue