On 6th May, the final of the 2019 Present Around the World Competition, Dalian University of Technology, was held on the DUT Panjin campus, hosted by Dalian Leicester Institute.
Jiajun Lin, a year 2 Engineering student, Dalian Leicester Institute, won the competition for his innovative presentation entitled “Origami”. All three 3rd prize winners went to DLI; year 2 Engineering students Shixian Gong and Yuanzhi Sun, and year 1 Engineering student Mingxuan Xia respectively.
“Present Around the World” is the Institute of Engineering and Technology’s global competition for young professionals and students within engineering to develop and showcase their presentation skills which has already been successfully held for 13 years. However, 2019 was the first time for it to be held at Dalian University of Technology. In the final the top 9 competitors, selected from 24 at the preliminary competition, gave presentations on topics ranging from 5G to Space Junk. The presentations were judged by: Pengcheng Bu (Professor at the Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, one of the National Thousand Overseas Talents, CAS Hundred Talents), Fengyu Cong (Director at the Department of International Cooperation and Exchange of DUT, Professor at the School of Biomedical Engineering), Hai Hao (Dean at the School of International Education of DUT, Professor at the School of Material Science and Engineering), Eric Hope (English Dean at the Dalian Leicester Institute, Professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of Leicester) and Gary Marston (Centre Manager of English Language Teaching Unit at Dalian Leicester Institute). Yao Shan (Vice President of Dalian University of Technology) and Guo Jinming (Assistant President of DUT, Secretary of Party Committee and Director of Management Committee at DUT Panjin Campus) were present to award prizes to the winners.
Jiajun Lin said: “I was astonished and excited when it was announced that I was the winner. This is one of the highlights of my life. It is my honour that the judges affirmed my performance. Though my presentation may not be perfect right now, I will continue to pursue the perfection of it.” Professor Cong commented that “The presentation was a truly innovative topic and I encouraged its inclusion in the curricula of materials and engineering programmes at DUT”. Professor Hope commented that “Jiajun’s presentation skills and command of English were truly exceptional for a year 2 student.” The judges were very impressed by the DLI students’ level of English, presentation skills, academic content and confidence.
Jiajun Lin will now represent DUT to attend the China regional competition. If successful, he will reach the Asia-Pacific competition and ultimately, the global competition to be held in London in November.