United Nations delegation visits Sias

Monday, July 25 – On the 24th of July, Sias International University was visited by a delegation of almost 50 members from the United Nations (UN), with representatives from 26 agencies including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The visit included a two-day tour of nearby historical and cultural sites such as the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, and the Shaolin Temple near Dengfeng.

 

Accompanied by the Chairman of the Board of Sias, Dr. Shawn Chen, the United Nations' delegation toured the Sias campus, visiting Sias' European Street (with its examples of student entrepreneurship), the CUBA training facility, golf driving range, the Chinese garden, as well as teaching facilities, all in a bid to learn about Sias' educational philosophy and campus culture.

 

A grand welcoming ceremony was then held at Sias with Dr. Shawn Chen, Deputy Party Secretary of Xinzheng City, Ma Zhifeng, and Sias Party Secretary, Fei Hexiang, along with the entire United Nations delegation. It involved the Sias military band, followed by a flag-raising ceremony. Members of the delegation delivered speeches and commended Sias on the educational philosophy, environment, and campus. In recognition of Sias' internationalization of education, the United Nations' delegation presented Sias with a UN flag. This was not only a confirmation of Sias' international status, but raises the bar for Sias' future.

 

The delegation had arrived in Henan province on the 22nd of July. Sias President, Dr. Chen Sikun, represented Sias at a welcoming ceremony held for the delegation, which included colorful dragon and lion dances, and symphony performances. On the 23rd and 24th, the delegation travelled to Luoyang, Kaifeng, and Zhengzhou airport, among other places. In Kaifeng, the Deputy Mayor of Kaifeng City, Sun Xiaohong, held a ceremony to welcome the delegation, with Sias Party Secretary, Fei Hexiang, in attendance. The delegation praised China's culture, contribution to the world, reform and opening up. They said that the study, research, and promotion of Chinese history and culture would benefit United Nations agencies and member nations. The visit of the UN delegation was to strengthen the organization's relations with China, and increase the knowledge of Chinese culture in UN agencies.


Dr. Shawn Chen welcomes the United Nations delegation

Dr. Shawn Chen introducing the delegation to Sias

Campus Tour

Campus Tour (European Street)

Campus Tour (CUBA Training Facility)

Campus Tour (Golf driving range)

Campus Tour (Chinese Garden)

Campus Tour (Chinese Garden)

Campus Tour (Chinese Garden)

Campus Tour (Chinese Garden)

Campus Tour (Chinese Garden)

Campus Tour (Basketball Arena)

Dr. Shawn Chen, speaking to the delegation

Official welcoming ceremony

Dr. Shawn Chen, speaking to the delegation, along with Deputy Party Secretary of Xinzheng City, Ma Zhifeng

Flag-raising ceremony

Flag-raising ceremony

Flag-raising ceremony

Sias military band

Dr. Shawn Chen, and Martijn Dalhuijsen, from the Political Office of the European Commission

Welcome banquet

Deputy Party Secretary of Xinzheng City, Ma Zhifeng

A member of the UN delegation delivering a speech

Dr. Shawn Chen giving the toast

The delegation presented Sias with a United Nations flag

The delegation presented Sias with a United Nations flag

Dr. Shawn Chen delivering a speech

Gift exchange

Sias Symphony concert

Sias Symphony concert

Sias Symphony concert

Sias Symphony concert

Members of the UN delegation

On the 22nd of July, Dr. Chen Sikun represented Sias at a welcoming ceremony

Sias President, Dr. Chen Sikun, welcomed the delegation

Visit to the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang

Visit to the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang

Visit to the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang

Visit to the Shaolin Temple

Visit to the Shaolin Temple

Zen ceremony at the Shaolin Temple

The delegation at the Shaolin Temple

The visit to Qingming Riverside Park

The visit to Qingming Riverside Park

The visit to Qingming Riverside Park

The visit to Qingming Riverside Park

The visit to Qingming Riverside Park

The visit to Qingming Riverside Park

The visit to Qingming Riverside Park

Deputy Mayor of Kaifeng City, Sun Xiaohong, held a welcoming ceremony for the delegation

The Chinese Team Leader of the UN delegation delivered a speech

Sias Party Secretary, Fei Hexiang, delivering a speech

The delegation on a tour of Zhengzhou airport

The delegation on a tour of Zhengzhou airport

The UN delegation at Sias

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