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Dragon boat race held in Fengxian

Jun 11, 2018



East China Normal University reigned supreme at the 11th International Students' Dragon Boat Race in Shanghai on Saturday at the Fengxian Campus of East China University of Science and Technology.

It was the third consecutive year the university has taken first place in the competition, exclusively for foreign students who are studying in local colleges.

Fudan University and Shanghai Maritime University took the second prizes, while Donghua University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and East China University of Science and Technology claimed third.

International students from 28 local universities attended the competition, which began in 2008 and has been an annual spree for international students to experience traditional Chinese culture.

There are more than 60,000 foreign students from about 200 countries studying in Shanghai universities, slightly higher than last year, according to Yang Weiren, director of the international exchanges department of the Shanghai Education Commission.

He added that the proportion of international students seeking academic diplomas in Shanghai has seen an increase.

Colleges around the city have developed various cultural courses and activities so that foreign students can experience Chinese cultures, including calligraphy, tai chi, Chinese ancient zither, Peking Opera and more.

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