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On September 24th, an annual gathering for SMU autumn of North America was held at COSCO America office building. The gathering was presided over by Mr. Xu Huiming, the President of SMU North America Autumn Association. More than 30 alumni gathered joyfully together. They watched the short film of SMU, had a conference and a buffet dinner, through all this activities, they have knowledge about the SMU and deepened their friendship with each other.
Prof. Yu Shicheng, President of SMU attended the gathering. He firstly introduced the development of SMU. He said that SMU had moved to a new location to improve the level of running school and teaching quality. All the staff and students of SMU would dedicate to the goal of constructing SMU as a world high-level maritime university in 2020. He finally expressed that he is proud of the achievements the alumni had made and he hoped that they could be able to come back to visit the new campus of SMU. In the end, Prof. Yu Shicheng extended his warm greetings and best wishes to the alumni and his heartfelt thanks to the COSCO America, who has given great support to the SMU North America Alumni Association.
During the visit in New York, Prof. Yu also took part in the welcome banquet of Shanghai government held by the China Consul General in New York on invitation. He reported to Mr. Han Zheng, the Major of Shanghai on the cooperation between SMU and American maritime universities.
In addition, Prof. Yu paid a special visit to the United State Merchant Marine Academy, the headquarters in New York of American Linfair Shipping Group, and he also had a visit to those renowned universities in United States such as MIT, Harvard University and Yale University.