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Lloyd Pinas, Ambassador of Suriname, gave lecture to international students of School of Public Affairs
On November 20th, Dr. Lloyd Pinas, USTC alumni, and the Ambassador of Suriname in China, was invited to visit School of Public Affairs again. He gave a lecture about 'The Culture and Thoughts of Suriname' in the lecture hall of environmental resources building. CHU JianXun, Deputy Dean of School of Public Affairs, LIU Yinghua, director of PAS International Office students, Muhammad Firdaus Samijadi, a Suriname student and other international students from countries along the 'One Belt One Road' attended this lecture.
Ambassador Lloyd Pinas said he was delighted to have the opportunity to visit his Alma mater again, and he was impressed by the beautiful learning environment and the ever-changing development trend. Ambassador Lloyd Pinas gave high praise to the Chinese language and culture. He started with a video named 'The champion city of Paramaribo' on the website of the Suriname embassy in China, which gave us a brief introduction to experience the Suriname culture.

After the video, Ambassador Lloyd Pinas introduced the geographical location, language, cultural, political, economic, natural environment and Independence Day of Suriname. Suriname has a diversity of languages, but its native language is Dutch, most students felt surprise by this. Then, Ambassador Lloyd Pinas presented the cultural connotation through his eyes, he said that everyone has different definition of culture, it can be a long history or positive thinking, Ambassador Pinas views culture from the perspective of science, combined with qualitative and quantitative methods.
Ambassador Lloyd Pinas talked about the Suriname language to the functions of language and the relationship of language and thought, especially to distinguish the difference between interpersonal communication and intra-personal communication, he emphasized that language requires a complete set including a writing system, and he used 'Ren', 'Da', 'Gong' and other Chinese characters as example to explain the meaning. In one hand, he praised the Chinese language characteristics, and on the other hand also emphasized the logic of language structure. Ambassador Lloyd Pinas cites H2O as an example, pointing out that Chinese is a more complete language which can easily name new discoveries.
In the lecture, Ambassador Lloyd Pinas spoke about the history of science and technology. Technology means, he said, a way of thinking to solve problems to some extent, it belongs to a way of thinking. Language is also a kind of technology, the lack of a language vocabulary, means that the language shows technical backwardness, which may be the reason why Suriname contains Dutch, Spanish, and other languages. He believes Language is more than a tool, it can also help us to change our way of thinking, not only to enrich experiences, but also to facilitate interpersonal communication. He pointed out that understanding Chinese culture is a huge challenge, however the process is splendid. Ambassador Lloyd Pinas hoped international students can capture every wonderful moment in such a favourable environment by taking a deep look and feel.
During the Q&A section, students were active to ask questions like 'how long will it take to learn a language' and 'Surinam diplomacy under One Belt One Road background'. Ambassador Lloyd Pinas answered them with patience and wisdom, which made a lively atmosphere.
At last, Deputy Dean CHU Jianxun gave an old photo which Ambassador Lloyd Pinas took in USTC years ago as a souvenir. 'I remember this picture, this scene, it recalls a wonderful memory here' said Ambassador Lloyd Pinas excitedly. Deputy Dean CHU Jianxun hopes Ambassador Lloyd Pinas can visit his Alma Mater in the future to deliver lectures and enhance exchanges.
All the students took photos with Ambassador Lloyd Pinas in the end. They were all impressed by his kind image and beautiful, natural environment and the distinctive culture and history of Suriname.

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