Speech LUT

Dear Inter­na­tio­nal Stu­dents, friends and col­lea­gues,

My name is Ding Ma. I come from the regio­nal council of South Kare­lia and also I’m a mas­ter stu­dent here at the uni­ver­si­ty. First of all, on behalf of the regio­nal council and the city of Lap­peen­ran­ta, I would like to con­gra­tu­la­te you for your success­ful exc­han­ge period at LUT this autumn.

Time flies! I still remem­ber like yes­ter­day hos­ting the Jet­lag-event at the city hall, whe­re we welco­med you to our city in the late sum­mer. The warm late sum­mer has now chan­ged into snow-whi­te win­ter. The lake Sai­maa, whe­re you can swim is now frozen and you can walk on it.

I belie­ve many of you have tra­vel­led over thousands of miles, away from your fami­ly, your friends and came to this new envi­ron­ment, out of your com­fort zone. I hope that you have enjo­yed your time here, learnt about the local cul­tu­re, made new friends and may­be also stu­died some new topics.

I recall my exc­han­ge period as one of the best moments in my life. When a bunch of young people from all over the world came toget­her, it felt special and it was a true glo­bal vil­la­ge.

Dear Stu­dents,

Whi­le you are pac­king for your return, plea­se remem­ber to take a piece of sou­ve­nir from Fin­land with you. Choco­la­te, tex­ti­le or handc­raft, but most impor­tant­ly the memo­ries of beau­ti­ful Fin­land and Sai­maa. You are our brand ambas­sa­dors at home count­ry to spread the mes­sa­ges through you exci­te­ment and sto­ries here! We count on you!

Welco­me back any time, to visit the fort­ress and har­bor of Lap­peen­ran­ta, the Skin­na­ri­la cam­pus and the Sai­maa natu­re! We hope to see you again and plea­se take the slo­gan of LUT with you on your futu­re jour­neys: Stay curious, be pas­sio­na­te and a have strong will!

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