Exploring Wuhan: USJ Delegation Visited Mainland’s Universities and Enhanced Exchange Opportunities





USJ organised a four-day Wuhan Exchange Tour for students, alumni and staff members. A group of 25 representatives visited Wuhan University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology, as well as the famous landmarks.

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) and the Alumni Association of University of Saint Joseph (AAUSJ) organised a four-day Wuhan Cultural Tour for students, alumni and staff members. The USJ delegation of 25 participants visited two local universities and famous landmarks, including the Chibi Ancient Battlefield and Hubei Youth Innovation Park.

The tour was held from the 6th to 9th of June, being led by Dr. Teresa Loong, Vice-Rector for Student Affairs of USJ, Dr. Benjamin Yue, the Vice-President of the General Assembly of the AAUSJ, and Mr.Addy Chan, the Chairman of the AAUSJ.

On the first day, the delegation visited the Hubei Youth Innovation Park (car valley) and the Chu River and Han Street. While navigating through the city, participants learned more about the city’s history, culture as well as the local sightseeing and traditions.

On the following day, the representatives visited the Wuhan University (WHU) and the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST). During the symposium at WHU, Dr. Teresa Loong  introduced the purpose of this visit and the representatives of the faculty and students. Ms. Lydia Tong, the Senior Officer from the Office for Student and Alumni Affairs (OSAA), presented the internationalisation characteristics of USJ.  The participants from both sides exchanged views on the development of the faculties in various fields and explored the future cooperation in different areas. During the guided tour, the USJ delegation visited the Wanlin Art Museum on the campus, which exhibits valuable artefacts, animal specimens and works of art. The delegation also visited the core facility of  WHU to learn about the equipment and advanced technology of high-end science etc. It was a rewarding experience to know more about the different aspects at the Local Universities.

In the afternoon, the group visited another famous local university, the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST). The symposium was divided into two sessions, focusing on the administrative and academic areas respectively. In the administrative session, the Office for Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs representative introduced the office’s functions and the latest developments in cooperation, as well as the students’ activities of HUST. They shared the experience of strengthening the relationship between alma mater and alumni. At the academic session, Prof.Cyril Law, Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies and Philosophy (FRSP), presented the current development of USJ and its international characteristics. During the part of student sharing, Mr.Lei man long (MCM ,Year 1), expressed his gratitude to the HUST as well as USJ for providing this  exchange platform, which enables students from both regions to communicate and share the study experience. He also introduced the diversity of our university as faculty and students, and  how professors provided students with unique and fresh perspectives in their daily guidance. Furthermore, Mr. David Perez Casamayor ( BDSP, Year2) introduced himself in Chinese. He was grateful for the warm welcome by HUST. 

Mr. Zhu Junwen (MBA, Year 2),  said that by visiting two of the most prestigious universities in China and being able to participate in the Wuhan University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology seminars with USJ students , alumni,  and staff members, he had gained a deeper understanding of the importance of scientific and technological development in promoting high-quality development of Chinese-style modernisation in the new era.

The third day of the tour began with a visit to the Chibi Ancient Battlefield, where the Battle of Chibi took place. It is one of a few ancient battlefields still remaining in China. Through the interpretation of Classical Chinese and  the exhibition of stories of historical figures, the delegation gained an in-depth understanding of the history of The Battle of Red Cliffs. Moreover, in order to have a better understanding of the advanced science and technology, as well as the local community in Wuhan, the delegation experienced the first commercial suspended monorail line in China. It not only showcased the city’s view, but also gave the precious opportunity to witness the advancements in transportation technology. At the end of the tour, the participants visited the Hubei Provincial Museum and the Wuchang Uprising Memorial hall. 

Mr. Ye Wen Long (MESM, Year 1) commented that the Hubei Provincial Museum demonstrated the long history and culture of the region, while the Wuchang Uprising Memorial hall enabled him to gain a deeper understanding of China’s modern history, and at the same time recalling the sacrifices and endeavours made by our forefathers for the nation. He said the trip not only enriched his knowledge, but also gave him a deeper understanding of China’s development and history.

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ)  and the Alumni Association of University of Saint Joseph (AAUSJ)  would like to give a special thanks to the  Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao Special Administrative Region for supporting the tour arrangement, and to the Bank of China Macau Branch (BOC ) for their generous sponsorship.