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SYSU Student Chorus

Founded in 1995, the SYSU Student Chorus has become a well-organized student society. It provides a stage for music enthusiasts to show their talents and perfect their performing skills. Since its foundation, the Chorus has presented various performances including solemn and elegant bel canto, agile and energetic national singing, and variable and flexible pop singing, which enriches campus cultural life.

Under the supervision and instruction of the directors, Guo Shuiliang, Xu Hong, Chen Ying and Zhou Li, the Chorus has gained many awards, such as the first prize in the National Choral Competition for College Students in 1999; wonderful and impressive performance in SYSU 80th Anniversary Evening Party taped on CCTV4 in 2004, and the first prize in the National Art Competition for College Students with excellent interpretation of “Rainbow After the Rain” in July, 2005. Besides, the Chorus held many concerts which received a lot of praise and positive reviews from faculty and students.

The directors pay great attention to the training of the students’ personal abilities, and therefore campus singers gained many prizes in all the previous Venus Singers’ Competitions (an annual SYSU singing competition) and other singing competitions of provincial or national levels. Through 12 years of efforts, the SYSU Student Chorus will witness a better future.

SYSU Ritual Team

The Ritual Team of South Campus, guided by the SYSU Youth Association, is a professional team which provides professional etiquette services for the University's various large and medium-sized activities. It undertakes the ceremonial reception work of celebrations, welcome parties, sports meetings, contests and awards ceremonies where the students fully demonstrate the elegance and temperament as Miss Manners. In addition, it has a model team which participates in the performing arts of fashion shows on-and off campus. These off-campus performances are helpful for the students to enrich their social experience.

SYSU Student Dance Troupe 

Directly under the SYSU Youth Association, the Student Dance Troupe is a major brand society of SYSU. The love for arts and passion for dancing have kept the troupe growing greater and stronger ever since it was founded seventeen years ago.
Mr. Wu Changlin, a well-known dance educator, has been providing helps and guides for students, which helps students to improve self-cultivation, elevate their minds, and broaden their horizons in an artistic way.
In the past seventeen years, the Dance Troupe not only has won numerous prizes in both domestic and international competitions, but also has taken part in many evening parties on campus. It participated in the “Serving the Country People in Three Aspects” program of the University during the summer holidays. There its members offered farmers various services including dance performances. Farewell dances show every year in the society. Moreover, special performances are held on campus, demonstrating the highest level of the Dance Troupe. As Mr. Wu always says, “Learn to dance, learn to behave”, the SYSU Student Dance Troupe is a place that has changed many students’ lives. 

SYSU Chinese Orchestra

SYSU Chinese Orchestra, founded in 2003, is under the leadership of the SYSU Youth Association. It gathers together a group of young people who share the same passion for classical Chinese music and instruments. Featured with all kinds of Chinese instruments, it provides a platform for students to get closer to classical Chinese arts.

The Chinese Orchestra consists of the national band, percussion band, Chinese zither section and flute section. It provides a platform of artistic practice for the lovers of Chinese traditional instruments.
It actively represents the University to participate in various exchange activities at home and abroad and receives several awards at the national and provincial levels. For instance, at the Third National Art Competition for College Students in 2012, three programs of the SYSU Chinese Orchestra were awarded two first prizes (ranked 1st and 4th), and one second prize (ranked 1st) of Guangdong Province, as well as the second prize at the national level.

It plays an important role in carrying forward the Lingnan Music. Under the guidance of several renowned musicians, the Orchestra is growing like a flower blooming with hope and prospect.

SYSU Dramatic Association

As one of the top six art societies in our university, SYSU Dramatic Association has a history of over 20 years and enjoys great popularity across four campuses. It is under the leadership of the SYSU Youth Association. Several directors, with a bunch of talented students, participate in drama management and performance organization. It offers a great chance for students to perform themselves and enjoy the beauty of drama in their daily life.

The Dramatic Association includes five sections: actor section, director section, stage section, public relations section and publicity section. Just as its slogan saying, “merry laughers and angry shoutings present all stories of all walks of life; pleasure, anger, sorrow and joy draw the colorful life”, through organization and performance, we experience a great variety of lives and grow with strength and happiness.

Fruitful returns witness the members’ exertion, struggle and perseverance: the first prize in National College Student Drama Festival in 2000; Best Performance, Best Director and Best Original Play in National College Student Drama Festival in 2006; and many other prizes in all the previous Guangzhou College Student Drama Festival. We appreciate what we’ve gained and are looking forward to the brighter future.

SYSU Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 2000, the SYSU Symphony Orchestra is one of the top six art societies directly under the SYSU Youth Association. Here the excellent music lovers get together and make it a vibrant society.

It consists of string section, band section and piano section. The string section includes first and second violins, viola, cello, and double bass. The band section has woodwind parts and brass parts including flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba. The piano section contains piano parts.

In resent years, the SYSU Symphony Orchestra has participated in all kinds of competitions on-and off-campus and harvested outstanding achievements. Meanwhile, it insists on holding one or two free concerts each year to enrich the cultural life on campus.
Athletics
Overview of the Department of Physical Education, Sun Yat-sen University

1. Sports Tradition

Lingnan University, one of the predecessors of SYSU, is a pioneer of western sports. At the end of Qing Dynasty, Lingnan University carried out various sports activities such as football, tennis, baseball, athletics and swimming, and won many team champions in the Sports Meeting of Guangdong Province.

During Dr Sun Yat-sen’s lifetime, physical education always occupied a prominent position and was closely combined with his revolutionary thought and practice. Influenced by the idea of “strengthen the army, strengthen the people, strengthen the nation” formed during the reform movement of 1898, Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s views on physical education in his early years: the “martial spirit” and "If a nation wants to strengthen itself, it must first strengthen its people’s stamina.” became one of his ideals of realizing the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and also had an impact on the forming of SYSU’s sports tradition.

In the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, Huang Yingjie, Ye Beihua and Huang Jiliang, three students from SYSU took part in track and field and football match. They were among the Chinese Olympic pioneers. Huang Yingjie, a student from the Department of Agriculture, achieved the result of 16 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles. Previously his best result had been 15.7 seconds. Ye Beihua and Huang Jiliang were respectively the wing forward and the goalkeeper of Chinese national football team, together with Li Huitang, the Chinese "Football King” of that time were all-powerful

Liang Tian,
a middle and long distance runner, entered the Department of Physical Education at SYSU in 1945. She successively won two champions in the women’s group of the Race Around Guangzhou City in 1947 and 1948, and ranked 4th in women’s volleyball match as well as women’s high jumping of the 15th Sports Meeting of Guangdong Province in 1947. After liberation she entered the athletics team of the PLA air force, won the national champion of the middle and long distance race, served as the coach of the national athletics team, and was received by central leaders such as Zhou Enlai, Zhu De, He Long and Chen Yi.

Su Yongshun, a famous coach of the national football team of new China, entered the Department of Biology at SYSU in 1952, and was selected for the national football team in 1953. He served as the coach of the national football team from July 1980 to 1982. The national team led by him was praised as the one “with the highest ornamental value” ever.

Zhou Yueshui, swimmer, professor and former director of the Department of Physical Education at SYSU, graduated from Beijing Institute of Physical Education. In the 1970s, young Zhou Yueshui once accompanied Mao Zedong to swim in the Shisanling Reservoir. He once served as the Vice Chairman of University Sports Association of Guangdong Province, Vice President of the Sports Association of Comprehensive Universities Directly under the National Education Committee, Director of the Sports Research Institute of China Association of Higher Education, Executive Director of Sport Science Society of Guangdong Province and Guangzhou City, and Director of the External Liaison Committee of Universities and Colleges T&F Association.

Sun Shuwei won the men’s diving champion in the 25th Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992.
 A native of Jieyang, Guangdong, he was born in January 1976. He was enrolled by SYSU as an undergraduate in 2004.

Yang Jinghui won the men’s diving champion in the 28th Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.
He was born in May 1983 in Guangzhou. He was an undergraduate enrolled in 2004 majoring in Administration Management at SYSU, and furthered his graduate study in this major in 2008.

Lao Lishi won the women’s synchronized 10m springboard diving champion in the 28th Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.
A native of Zhanjiang, Guangdong, she was born in December 1987. She was an undergraduate enrolled in 2004 majoring in Administration Management at SYSU.

He Chong won the men’s diving champion in the 29th Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008.
A native of Zhanjiang, Guangdong, he was born in June 1987. He was an undergraduate enrolled in 2004 majoring in Administration Management at SYSU.


2. Department of Physical Education, Sun Yat-sen University

The Department of Physical Education at the School of Education is mainly committed to the teaching tasks of public physical education course, public affairs management (P.E.) and Master’s program in P.E. at SYSU. Besides, it is also responsible for extracurricular exercises, public sports and scientific research.

Physical Education Public Physical Education is an excellent course at Sun Yat-sen University. It has been awarded Excellent Teaching Achievement Prize by SYSU, Guangdong Province and the Ministry of Education for many times. Public affairs management (P.E.) has gradually become a featured specialty of undergraduate education. It is dedicated to training interdisciplinary talents with strength in sports management and has cultivated several famous athletes such as Olympic Champion Sun Shuwei, Yang Jinghui, Lao Lishi, and He Chong.

Training and Competition SYSU is among the first batch of universities of the Ministry of Education to enroll elite athletes on a pilot scheme and its key sports events are athletics, swimming, volleyball and fencing. SYSU is the first sports training base for college students of the Ministry of Education and a chairman unit of China College Student Fencing Association. It has been elected as advanced unit in national college physical education, public sports and amateur training for many times. SYSU has been awarded the "President’s Cup” by the Ministry of Education in three successive National University Games.

3. Sports Venues and Facilities

Sports stadiums and gymnasiums are mainly used for P.E. course in teaching time and public sports after class. Schools and Departments can go to the Office of Sports Venue Management at the Department of Physical Education (or Campus) in advance to apply for using sports venues. Sports stadiums and gymnasiums are open to the public on weekends (charging fees).

Guangzhou South Campus Henry Fok Sports Center includes Henry Fok Gymnasium, Henry Fok Stadium, tennis courts, multi sports ball courts, swimming pool and administration building.

SYSU Zhuhai Campus Gymnasium covers an area of nearly 9,000 square meters, with 120m in length and 70m in width. It has basketball courts, volleyball courts, tennis courts, badminton courts and ping-pong courts, providing an all-day long sports training and competition venue for the campus. There are also football field, stadiums and other sports facilities.

Guangzhou East Campus Gymnasium is located in the middle of east campus. Sports facilities include stadiums, football fields, volleyball courts, basketball courts, badminton courts, ping-pong courts, baseball fields, softball fields, swimming pool, gym, artistic gymnastics room, strength training room, water sports center and multifunctional sports gymnasium.