This is the 9th reading from Haipei's “Voice of Haipei”. In this series our English teachers will read to you a selection of the following material: an excerpt or the full text of a piece of well-recognized writing (literary or academic), a response to an IELTS, TOEFL, or SAT question (to give you an example of a high-scoring answer), or an original piece of the teacher's own production. We hope that by listening, your interest in reading further or finding other pieces by the same author will be spurred and that your teachers will play a part in this. Remember, especially for our younger learners, lending an eager ear to the input and reading critically and analytically are effective ways to improve your communicative abilities. You will thus be enriched, empowered, and enlightened.
This reading is an example of a set piece speech from notes to an audience. It contains detailed information including acronyms that the audience has to listen carefully to. This style of speech is generally used for formal occasions or when the speaker is trying to convey accurate information to the audience.
The speaker Paul recorded this piece for the occasion of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Joint SISU and University of Waikato Program for the delivery of the 2+2 program. This occasion was marked by a formal ceremony and this recording was used as a welcoming voice over for attendees to gain knowledge about the program.
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With the approval of the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, the 2+2 joint foundation program of Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) and the University of Waikato was officially launched in 1996. The first class of the program started in 1997, with the then College of Finance and Management of SISU overseeing admissions and teaching. In 1999, the College for International Education Cooperation (CIEC) of SISU was established to oversee the operation of the program. The CIEC was later renamed the Sino-New Zealand International College and then eventually became the College for International Cooperative programs (CICP). In 2007, the Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China signed an agreement with SISU to establish an overseas training centre at the CIEC, the first of its kind in China. This has greatly facilitated the development of the SISU-Waikato program. During this period, the leadership of the two universities made important exchange and lecturing visits each year. Also, SISU received visits from New Zealand’s Ministry of Education, Minister of Business, Speaker of the House of Representatives, ambassador to China, education counsellor, culture counsellor, and Consul-General to Shanghai. All this has continued to support the smooth operation of the program. Committed to an “English + subject” curriculum, the SISU-Waikato program prepares its students for cutting-edge courses at the University of Waikato by incorporating course materials from overseas. With language courses conducted by top instructors from CICP and subject courses taught by Waikato teaching fellows, the program’s teaching has reached an international standard, producing a squadron of quality graduates with language proficiency, professional expertise and global vision. Since the first enrolment of 30 students in September 1997, SISU has sent a total of nearly 1,900 students to Waikato. After completing their undergraduate studies at Waikato, some students have taken up employment in New Zealand, some students have gone on to advanced study and later joined Waikato’s faculty, and other students have returned to China where they work in education, banking, media and other sectors. Today graduates of the SISU-Waikato program are seen across the world. With the help of the Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange, Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, and the New Zealand Ministry of Education, the College for International Cooperative programs of SISU has expanded and made numerous contributions to the development of human resources in China and New Zealand as well as facilitating important cultural and academic exchanges.
Hi, everyone, my name is Paul Hofman and I come from Australia. I have been teaching Business at TCOS&CICP/SISU from 2014 for the Waikato University 2+2 Joint Program. Before that I taught Business at Raffles Design Institute in Shanghai in another Joint venture program with Donghau University. Most recently I have taught in China, UAE and Australia but I have also worked in Industrial Relations and the Royal Australian Navy.
I enjoy teaching at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) as it is a very supportive environment for teaching and learning. The students are polite and friendly and make real progress with us before embarking on their overseas study adventure. Shanghai is a huge and exciting city where you can explore all aspects of Chinese life and culture.