On June 12th, 2020, the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center of Chinese and American Studies (HNC) celebrated 36 graduate students and 74 certificate students at their virtual graduation ceremony. During the online graduation ceremony, speakers from around the world spoke to the Class of 2020, including CSOFT Founder & CEO Ms. Shunee Yee. As recent graduates take the next step in their journeys, it is willful determination and positivity that will carry them to greater success in these globally uncertain times.
CSOFT played a special role in the graduation, offering students an encouraging reflection on the value of their cross-cultural and multi-lingual skillsets. By speaking both Mandarin Chinese and English, as well as having experience in both cultures, the graduates are poised to contribute their advanced perspectives to the worlds of policy and business. Ms. Yee urged the graduating students to think and live big, in a time where it is all too easy not to do so.
“With empathy, open-communication skills and cultural awareness that enables broad cooperation, you will join a movement of likeminded individuals who wish to cooperate internationally to achieve the grand successes in global health and international relations that our world craves,” Ms. Yee said. The HNC students’ cross-cultural skillset and open-minded mentality will undoubtedly help the graduates go on to find their own unique path of success in global health and international relations to the benefit of the wider world.
Hosted by the Hopkins-Nanjing Center – famous for its transpacific educational offerings, as well as having one of China’s preeminent international relations libraries, the students’ historic graduation aligns with the HNC’s 13th graduate student and 34th certification student graduation ceremony. With over 1,200 participants, the JHU School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Dean Eliot Cohen spoke too, on the importance of respectful open dialogue with the aim of a constructive result.
“The ability to come together in an intellectual community, to talk about big global questions, to understand one another’s points of view, to explore and to disagree freely, and then to go out and make a mark on the world, is what makes our institution so remarkable. Whatever the challenges China and the United States now face, we know that such free inquiry, and free exchange of ideas, matters more than ever,” said Dean Cohen.
Moving forward, graduates of the Class of 2020 will make their first mark on an unprecedented global situation, uncertain of what the future brings. What is certain, however, is that regardless of what HNC students move on to accomplish, they will carry the defining trait of being cross-culturally adaptable and bi-lingual, being able to find common ground in in a time when such cooperation is needed most.
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