October 16, 2013，the opening ceremony for the 2013 international students of NPU was successfully held at the International Conference Center in Youyi Campus. Yuan Jianping , the vice President of NPU attended the ceremony and gave a speech. The leaders of Development Planning Office , Graduate School, the Academic Office, the Office of Student Affairs, School of Mechanics and other related departments and schools, and the staffs of the International College have attended this ceremony. The opening ceremony was hosted by Li Huaxing, the director of International Cooperation office and the Dean of International College.
On behalf of the university, the vice President Yuan Jianping gave a speech, warmly welcomed the international students. Yuan briefly introduced the glorious history of Northwestern Polytechnical University since its establishment and the great achievements we have got in education, scientific research and international exchange and cooperation area. He also put forward great expectations for the international students, hoping them stand high and aim far, pursue excellence, be diligent and brave to innovate, treasure their friendship and learn to forgive. In addition, he wished all the students can get their own success and have a good studying experience in NPU.
On behalf of all the freshmen, the Italian graduate student Ma Dali from the School of Humanity, Economics and Law, who has already studied Chinese for one year in NPU, gave a speech in Chinese and gained enthusiastic applause. Then the Kenyan student Tony from the School of Automation gave a speech, representing the international students in the university. He used his own experience to describe his wonderful feeling of studying in NPU.
At last, professor Yuan Yun from the Development Planning Office gave a lecture. Professor Yuan is the member of the pilot project "Explore the Mode Reform of Cultivating International Talents". She put forward some expectations for the interantional students with cultural differences, hoping them bravely confront the challenge in their life and study and use their wisdom and passion to create good future. The opening ceremony ended in a compact and orderly atmosphere.
In recent years, with the continuous progress of international strategy, especially with the establishment of the reform of national education system and pilot project "Explore the Mode Reform of Cultivating International Talents", the work of international students in our university develops rapidly and the number of international students grows steadily. In 2008, the number of international students in our university is 236, among which only 14 are degree students. In 2012, the number of international students in our university reached 649, among which 445 are degree students (275 undergraduates and 170 postgraduates). In these five years, the total number of international students grows by 175%, and the number of degree students increases more than thirty times. Up to now, the total number of 2013 international students is 141 (excluding the short-term group number), among which 65 are undergraduates, 40 are postgraduates and doctor degree students, 36 are the Chinese language and exchange students. These students come from about ten countries, such as America, Germany, Holland, Russia, South Korea, Kazakstan, Algeria and Pakistan. The number of international students from European countries and America increases obviously and the structure of international students is optimized. Our university will continue the international students education policy "to expand the scale, improve the level, guarantee the quality and standardize the management", so that we can steadily promote the work of international students of NPU and raise the level of education internationalization. （Source: Cheng Yin; Translation: Zhu Jing）