Alumnus welcomes scholarship students to Beijing
1 September 2009
Ten students from Nottingham Trent University have been awarded scholarships to learn Mandarin in Beijing this summer.
The Vice Chancellor's Mandarin Scholarships programme, now in its third year, was set up to give students the chance to attend the prestigious Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) and study the Chinese language for four weeks.
While in Beijing, the students will live on campus at BLCU and study Mandarin speaking, writing, listening and reading for four hours per day, Monday to Friday. They will also have the opportunity to go on sight-seeing trips at the weekend.
NTU Alumni China ambassador Du Ning was delighted to be able to welcome them to his country. He said: "Me and a couple of my alumni friends had fun showing the group around the university campus. We all had a great time and left them with tips for visiting Beijing's tourism attractions."
The ten lucky students are: Matt Bell, Gemma Cassidy, Kaloyan Dimitrov, Annabel Donovan, Joseph Hendley, Matthew Jones, Zela Londeix, Keiran Nellist, Lisa Thomas, Daria Siatkowska.
Recent Academic Legal Studies graduate, Daria, said: "The alumni were all very, very helpful. Ning Du proved to be a great friend. He said that he was only a phone call away if we needed him and he emailed me throughout the scholarship to check how we were getting on. We all greatly appreciated his help."