teach at Xiamen University (shown below), and I also studied Mandarin here
back in the 1980s, so as both teacher and student I can recommend this
institution. If you are looking for a college in China, this one deserves
This is the "old campus" of Xiamen University, one
of China’s leading education institutions. The tall,
central building was added in 2001, but the campus is almost 100 years
1000-year-old temple is just out the university gate (you can see smoke
rising from it). This photo was taken from Caiqingjie Lou, which also
houses one of our favorite restaurants. Behind us, it is a short, steep
walk to the beach gate, beyond which you'll find a nice bike lane that
goes around Xiamen island. Students also enjoy climbing the nearby hills;
our son Andrew loved climbing up the mountain with Michael in both 2002 and 2005 (just as
I did when I studied here)!
Xiamen University (XMU) was founded in 1921, and
consistently ranks in China's "top ten" universities. It is the only major
university in one of China's Special Economic Zones, and (perhaps more
importantly) in a coastal, temperate climate with a reasonably-low level
of pollution. The main campus is nestled between mountains and the ocean,
and is recognized as one of the most beautiful universities in China. Not
only can you learn to speak the world's most-spoken language, but there
are also many graduate & post-graduate programs conducted completely in
English, including economics, management, international law, medicine,
oceanography, and international relations. By following the school
motto--Pursue Excellence, Strive for Perfection--Xiamen University has
become a first-class comprehensive university in China with extensive
international influence. It has over 1500 professors and associate
professors, and a total enrolment of over 38,000 full-time students
(including over 20,500 undergraduates, 15,550 master students, 2,550
doctoral students, and 2500 international students).
When Michael studied Mandarin at Xiamen University from
1985-87, he never dreamed that he would one day serve on the faculty of
this prestigious university, but it's great to be "home"! (You
can see Gulangyu Island in the distance.)
From 1985 to 1987, Michael studied Mandarin at Xiamen
University (see above).
In 2011, he joined the faculty, teaching in English to International
Economics and Trade students. The university has several campuses,
including the small Haiyun campus (shown below) where Michael's classes
were held in spring 2013 (in the classroom building, below right). Notice
the host of bikes, as students leave between classes for another campus or
for the dorms. Also notice the ships in the channel in the distance. The
building across the street says "Xiamen Software Park", but it shares a
cafeteria with XMU students. In the fall of 2013, he taught American
Culture on the main campus.
||Dozens of nice
paintings (like the one on the left) have been painted by Xiamen
University students in the tunnel
that connects the old campus with the Haiyun dorms. It takes about
20 minutes to walk under the mountain that separates these two parts of
the university campus. Below, Vivian admires
some of the artwork on our first visit to the tunnel, late one night--it
looks empty, but you should see the crowd between classes! (You can see where
the tunnel is on the map to our apartment.)
Do you ever
forget where you parked? And do you ever have trouble finding a place to
park? Here's a creative solution! I snapped this outside one of the
university's busy student cafeterias, fall 2013.
This is the university beach at low tide on a summer day.
Notice the big ships that constantly come and go into the harbor.
(Xiamen University at dusk) is also available on our free
Friends from Fuzhou University visited Xiamen
during the May-Day holiday, and I enjoyed showing them around campus. If
you are one of our former students, or friends from other parts of China,
we would love to show you around beautiful Xiamen!
here to see my February 2005
XMU Reunion, or click here
to see the Zhangzhou campus and other nearby places.
For more info about Xiamen & Fujian,
these sites were created by our friends/colleagues, Bill & Sue Brown:
http://www.amoymagic.mts.cn (within China)
http://www.amoymagic.com (outside China)
The last time I looked, there were also some great photos
of Xiamen University at
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