Setting a Good Example of Cooperation
Chinese Student Council from the Business Department
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The Business school of Hanyang recently held an orientation program on the 4th of September for Chinese students within the business major alongside the Chinese Student Council from the Department of Business. The whole program was organized in Chinese in order to help the understanding of Chinese students and covered various areas that the administration team had been limited in delivering towards the students.
Chinese students make up to 90 to 95 percent of the total foreign students within the Business Department and around 25 percent of the total students of Hanyang University, the number of which has shown a steady increase. In order to help the needs of these students, the Chinese Student Council has been in operation since 2010, with the current student council being the 8th. The existence of a student council allows Chinese students to receive help in more detailed areas, in addition to those that the school and department provide.
The Chinese Student Council
The Chinese Student Council from the Business Department is currently comprised of 25 people. With the president and vice president at the top, it has four main departments that make up the organization: The Planning Team, the Publicity Team, the Organization Team, and the Administration Team. The Council has the main purpose of helping Chinese students within the Business Department throughout their school life. Various programs, with the orientation being only one of them, have been planned and managed to meet the interests of Chinese students.
While collaborating with the administration team of the Business Department, the Student Council has managed to organize programs such as company visits, special lectures in Chinese, and membership training activities. The professors of the Business Department have also provided help to the Student Council and Chinese students. According to Youp Geol (Department of Business, 4th year), Professor Choi Sung-jin (Department of Business) not only provides consultation programs for Chinese students but also Chinese teaching materials for those that take his lectures.
Even apart from these programs, the Student Council provides aid towards the students through various areas. With most of the Chinese students using the smart-phone application, ‘WeChat’ as a form of communication, the Student Council has made an official WeChat page that delivers important announcements to them. “The Chinese students are much better notified by the Chinese Student Council and the official WeChat page compared to the e-mails sent by the administration team. Likewise, the administration team also receives help from the Student Council when managing Chinese students,” maintained Yoon Seong-won (Administration Team of the Business Department).
A good example of cooperation
Making up one fourth of the total students of the Business Department, meeting the needs of Chinese students has become a major issue. Although the Chinese Student Council has shown significant procedures in achieving such purposes, there is no doubt that the Business Department itself has also provided high levels of contribution. The many programs organized by the Chinese Student Council have been in collaboration with the administration team and professors from the department. In addition, the Korean Student Council itself has also provided support in other areas.
“The Korean Student Council of the Business Department has helped us organize the student-bar during the school festival. They have also delegated 50 student lockers to the Chinese Student Council due to Chinese students having trouble signing up for them,” explained Youp. Wu Chun-ying (Department of Business, 2nd year), the vice-president of the Chinese Student Council, also maintained how the increasing exchanges between the two student councils have allowed the Chinese students to become closer to the Korean students.
With the number of foreign students increasing within Hanyang University, the Business Department has set a good example of managing and helping such students throughout their school years. By providing support towards a systematized foreign student council, they have lifted the burden of managing the foreign students in particular areas that the department is troubled with. Likewise, strong cooperation levels between the department and the Chinese Student Council have demonstrated positive examples of how a department can support and manage its foreign students.
Choi Seo-yong firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Park Kuen-hyung
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