Writer/Photograph: Library Service Centre for International Students
2021年3月25日, 图书馆留学生服务中心采访了本校土木学院的留学生Quirin Alaye同学，了解一下留学生们对图书馆服务的评价及建议。
On March 25, 2021, the Library Service Center for International Students conducted a small interview with Quirin Alaye, an international student from the School of Civil Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology. The purpose of this interview is to know the evaluation of the Service Center from the perspective of international students and their suggestions for our library.
Alaye who’s enthusiastic and smart comes from Benin, a country located in West Africa. He has been studying and living in China since 2012 pursuing master and doctoral degrees. He knows HIT very well because he has been here for 9 years, including postgraduate and doctoral studies.
When talking about the library of HIT, he said that the library here is very different from those in his country. Firstly, the hardware facilities in HIT library are of good quality, including the electronic equipment and the furniture. Secondly, the flourishing learning atmosphere in the library provides a good environment to students. That’s why he often comes to the library to study and write thesis.
The Service Center for International Students, a department established last year, has been very helpful to Alaye according to him. He thinks the services provided by this department are especially useful for PHD students. For instance, he often comes here to search the scientific literature and get his papers stamped. Every time he came to the office, he was warmly welcomed, and he could get any help he wanted. He mentioned that he seldom came to the library before the establishment of this department because due to the language barrier,it’s difficult for him to communicate with others.But now, it’s not a problem anymore. Teachers in this department are so professional and warm-hearted that they can offer library services to international students with great efficiency.
As for the library, he made sincere suggestions from the perspective of international students. He said most of his professional books in English were given by his supervisor because they cannot be obtained from the library. Therefore, he thinks it’s better for our library to provide more English books, not only for the international students, but also for the local students who want to study English and learn more in their academic fields.
The Library Service Center for International Students is going to provide an English lecture about how to use digital resources and the database to the international students. We invited QUIRIN ALAYE to share his thoughts. He thinks the lecture is necessary and extremely useful for international students because learning to use databases is essential for scientific research. He appreciated the Service Centre for offering these lectures, which makes him feel that the library is truly taking care of the needs of international students.
Through the communication with Quirin Alaye, we can get a closer understanding of the real thoughts of international students, which could provide reference for the improvements of follow-up work in the Service Center and the library.