The University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI, JI hereafter) hosted an ice-breaking luncheon on November 14 for international students who are back on campus thanks to the lifting of entry restrictions under the pandemic conditions. The event held at the Faculty & Staff Club of Long Bin Building was attended by students from 9 countries including Canada, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.

“We are very happy to see these students joining us on campus. It was not easy to hold such an event when many students had to stay home to take online courses considering the pandemic conditions. I hope they can take the opportunity to get acquainted with each other, and have a better understanding of JI faculty, staff and the Long Bin Building,” said Yu Zhang, manager of the International Student Recruitment and Service Office.

To Jovan Yap, vice president of International Student Association, who helped organize the event, getting back to the SJTU campus with fellow students was truly fulfilling and meaningful. “I feel that the students and faculty members are very friendly and approachable. I often hang out with both the locals and internationals and I enjoy interacting with them,” he said.

Latest statistics showed JI has attracted degree-pursuing international students from over 40 countries since 2006. To date, more than 700 international students have studied at JI.

Group photo of attendees