On the morning of Jan. 19th, 2019, the commencement of the first phrase of master students (Entered in 2017) from the MPSGIS Project, which was a joint project between our university and the university of Maryland, was grandly held in Xingyuan Building, Xianlin Campus.
The Vice President Tian Lixin was present at the commencement and delivered a speech. Gregory Ball, Dean of the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences at University of Maryland, Li Mengxue, Dean of the International Affairs Department, and Lisa Chen, the assistant to the Dean, came all the way to our school to attend the ceremony. Director Gao Liping of the International Exchange Office, Yuan Linwang, Dean of the School of Geography and project management members were present at the graduation ceremony. The commencement was hosted by Wang Tao, Associate Dean of the School of Geography.
In his speech, Vice President Tian Lixin gave full affirmation to the project for its contribution to the international development of GIS postgraduate education in China and to the hard work of Chinese and foreign teachers and management teams. He also sincerely congratulated the students for successfully completing their studies with indomitable spirit and rigorous and diligent attitude. Director Gao Liping of the International Exchange Office introduced the background and the developmental prospect of the project. Dean Yuan Linwang raised ardent expectations for the graduates from a professional development perspective.
Dean Gregory Ball warmly congratulated the graduates. Professor Ball reviewed the long history of cooperation between Nanjing Normal University and University of Maryland, especially the founder of the geography discipline of our school, the famous geographer Li Xudan, who was a visiting professor at University of Maryland in 1946. Now the MPSGIS project has further promoted the two schools’ close cooperation. Jin Shuyu, the representative of the graduates, gave a speech and expressed their appreciation and gratitude to the teachers of our school and University of Maryland. She wished the two schools flourish and to write more glorious chapters in the future.
Vice President Tian Lixin and Dean Gregory Ball awarded a master's degree certificate to each graduate.