Students of US college start new term in SZ

By Wang Jingli | Shenzhen Daily
Updated: 2020-09-21 10:53:15

A TOTAL of 98 Chinese freshman students who have been enrolled into the Parsons School of Design of The New School in New York arrived at Shenzhen University (SZU) Wednesday and Thursday for the fall term.

It is reported that The New School decided to begin the fall term virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to set up its global offsite semester program in four countries, namely China, France, South Korea and Israel, for the convenience of overseas students.

SZU, Tsinghua University in Beijing and Tongji University in Shanghai, partners of the Parsons School of Design of The New School, are responsible for the design school’s Chinese students’ teaching and management works during the fall term under the global offsite semester program.

In addition to the 98 new undergraduate students, SZU also welcomed 60 senior undergraduate students and postgraduate students of the design school Wednesday and Thursday.

Students of the Parsons School of Design pose for a photo at Shenzhen University. Photo from DT News

They will study at SZU for one semester on subjects including fashion design, photography, strategic design, illustration and management.

A fresh undergraduate student surnamed Zeng from Tianjin, admitted by the Parsons School of Design’s fashion design major, said that she is happy to join the global offsite semester program and greatly cherishes the opportunity to study at SZU.

Another new student from Hong Kong surnamed Li said that she arrived in Shenzhen at the beginning of September and looked forward to meeting new friends in SZU.

Starting June 5, SZU’s international office, SZU’s arts school and related departments have started The New School’s Global Offsite Semester program to provide full support to students.

At present, SZU is also working with the Parsons School of Design to jointly build SZU- Parsons School of Design.

The Parsons School of Design, founded in 1896, is considered to be the most prominent fashion design school in the United States. It ranked No. 2 in the globe and No. 1 in the U.S. among schools of art and design, according to the 2015 QS ranking.