Strengthening International Exchange and Cooperation

Date:2012-03-15     Source:     Author:admin     Typeface:Big Middle Small

In order to strengthen students' environmental sensitivity, and broaden their horizons, the International Exchange Department, in cooperation with the Biological Science and Technology Department, invited Dr. William F. Krise, head of the United States Geological Survey, Northern Appalachian Research Laboratory, to give a lecture in Wei Zhen Building, Room 6301 on “A Recovery Strategy for Dealing with Tourism Damage to Lakes.” Vice-President Luo Mingdong gave his full approval and support to this event and the International Exchange Department organized close to 200 students and faculty to listen to this lecture from: the Biological Science and Technology Department, the Tourism Department, the College of Social Management, and the College of Foreign Languages. Vice-Dean of the Biology Department, Professor Guo Lihong introduced Dr. Krise's academic background and professional experience, and encouraged the audience to listen carefully and ask pertinent questions. Mr. Ha Junhua of the International Exchange Department welcomed Dr. Krise on behalf of Kunming University, and presented him with some souvenirs which could represent some of the specialties of Yunnan.

When tourism has become a part of people's lives, tourism development (especially in remote regions) becomes quite an important link in the developmental chain, as people become more and more concerned with its influence on economic development, the environment, and society in general. How can balance be maintained between development and the environment? How can the tourists and the local residents establish a healthy interaction that will create the sustainable development model of eco-tourism? Dr. Krise began by describing his own experience of observing the changes which took place at a lake in northern India, which was opened up for tourism. He used this example to lead the audience in thinking about the way that lakes and tourists mutually influence one another. He went on to analyze and describe the specific effects which polluted lakes have on aquatic life. Using these specific examples, Dr. Krise led the audience towards greater environmental awareness.

Dr. Krise used a variety of vivid pictures to display many of the beautiful places he has visited, which earned warm applause from both students and faculty. Finally, after fielding many questions related to environmental protection, Dr. Krise finished his presentation to the sound of more applause from the audience.

Afterwards, by arrangement of the International Exchange Department, with support from Campus Security, Dr. Krise and four other foreign experts toured the campus and enjoyed dinner together. In the evening they also enjoyed a singing competition, and all agreed that the campus environment is of the highest quality. So the event was ended with a warm and festive atmosphere for all.