Shenzhou Open University of TCM

Shenzhou Open University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

2019 Graduation Ceremony

The 26th Graduation Ceremony of Shenzhou Open University of TCM (SOU) was held at SOU main campus in Amsterdam on 4 October 2019. A total of 112 graduates were awarded the graduation diploma.

The ceremony was attended by Mr. Marcus Wijnalda, former president of the Dutch Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine ZHONG, Ms. Wilma van Maarschalkerweerd, secretary of the board of the Dutch Acupuncture Association, Mr. Zhilin Dong, SOU president, as well as teachers, graduates and their families and friends.

Welcome by
Dr. Jidong Wu

The ceremony was presided over by Dr. Jidong Wu who congratulated Mr. Zhilin Dong for his 30-year endeavour and achievement in building SOU into a leading TCM education institution in Europe.

Students receiving presents from the Dutch Acupuncture Association.

SOU adopted and modified authentic TCM training programmes from Chinese TCM universities to fit the needs of European TCM education, and created a practical overseas TCM education model and programmes that are followed by other TCM schools in Europe. Drawing on expertise of more than 30 TCM experts, SOU offers courses in Chinese medicine, Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, Tuina and western medicine foundations. These courses are accredited by various Dutch and European TCM associations.

New campuses

SOU has now further expanded and opened new campuses in Austria, Germany and Greece, increasing the total number of students to more than 500. Several thousand students have graduated from SOU so far. In 2017, SOU became the only TCM education institution accredited by the World Federation of Acupuncture Societies as the International TCM Training Centre.

In 2018, SOU also started to cooperate with Nanjing University of TCM to run Master’s and PhD degree courses in TCM.

New campuses

New campuses
SOU has now further expanded and opened new campuses in Austria, Germany and Griekenland, increasing the total number of students to more than 500. Several thousand students have graduated from SOU so far. In 2017, SOU became the only TCM education institution accredited by the World Federation of Acupuncture Societies as the International TCM Training Centre. In 2018, SOU also started to cooperate with Nanjing University of TCM to run Master’s and PhD degree courses in TCM.

Welcome by Dr. Jidong Wu

The ceremony was presided over by Dr. Jidong Wu who congratulated Mr. Zhilin Dong for his 30-year endeavour and achievement in building SOU into a leading TCM education institution in Europe.

SOU adopted and modified authentic TCM training programmes from Chinese TCM universities to fit the needs of European TCM education, and created a practical overseas TCM education model and programmes that are followed by other TCM schools in Europe. Drawing on expertise of more than 30 TCM experts, SOU offers courses in Chinese medicine, Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, Tuina and western medicine foundations. These courses are accredited by various Dutch and European TCM associations.

New campuses

SOU has now further expanded and opened new campuses in Austria and Germany, increasing the total number of students to more than 500. Several thousand students have graduated from SOU so far. In 2017, SOU became the only TCM education institution accredited by the World Federation of Acupuncture Societies as the International TCM Training Centre.

In 2018, SOU also started to cooperate with Nanjing University of TCM to run Master's and PhD degree courses in TCM.

Dr. Dan Tan, dean of SOU

Dr. Dan Tan, the newly appointed Dean of SOU, congratulated and encouraged graduates to follow their chosen path in a rapidly changing world and to continuously update their professional knowledge.

SOU will forever be the platform of continuing professional development (CPD) for all graduates, helping to realise their full potential and to become highly skilled TCM professionals.

SOU will forever be the platform of continuing professional development (CPD) for all graduates, helping to realise their full potential and to become highly skilled TCM professionals.

"Today is a special and memorable day for everyone. As a new member of the Shenzhou Family, I am honoured to be standing in front of you this evening."

Read her full speech

Speeces by teachers and the student

Teachers and the student representatives also expressed heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to SOU and all graduates.

Ms. Wilma van Maarschalkerweerd

Secretary of the board of the Dutch Acupuncture Association

Mr. Marcus Wijnalda

Former president of the Dutch Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Dear teachers, students and guests I would like to congratulate you all, the TCM graduates with your achievements. The path in TCM has just begun for you. I am proud to say that Shenzhou and Zhong have been working hand in hand over the years and I am sure that we will be working for many years ahead. I know for a fact that most TCM graduates in Shenzhou join our TCM association which is the one of the largest TCM association in the Netherlands. With that said, I would like to welcome you all to join our association and offer all citizens a better choice in health care.  It all starts with you. Thank you and enjoy your evening.

Dr. Toine Korthout

Teacher Western Medicine

Good afternoon to you all !

What a diversity of languages, of nationalities
and even the more a diversity of students;
all of that in just 1 school: SOU,
and at 1 course Principles of Western Medicine!
Students from different paths met in this WM course:
on their way to be a practitioner in TCM, acupuncture, tuina, etc,
and some even already are therapist
with the desire to meet with Dutch health care system requirements.
And that is exactly one of the goals of this course.

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Mr. Zhigang Yang

Teacher Chinese Medicine

Dear Mr.Dong, founder and director of Shenzhou Open University of Traditional Chinese Medicine,
Dear Dr. Tan, our new Academic Dean of Shenzhou Open University, Distinguished guests, parents, teachers, students, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good evening!

It gives me great pleasure to join you here today and to share with you this memorable occasion of Shenzhou Graduation Ceremony.

First of all, on behalf of our Shenzhou teachers, I would like to express my warmest congratulations to our Shenzhou graduates!

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Ms. Carmen O’Dwyer

Student at SOU of TCM

Good afternoon to you all !

Good evening ladies and gentlemen,
It is an honour to give a little speech in this graduation ceremony. Particularly, and I think my classmates and teachers will agree, because of the great pride in successfully completing such a challenging study.
In the foreword of  dr Yifan Yang’s book on Chinese Herbal medicines she states, and I quote:
When first embarking on its study, all but the hardiest of students will pale at the sheer quantity of information that has to be committed to memory. Their excitement at first encountering the wonders of this vast body of knowledge, that ultimately form the backbone of treatment, is soon swamped by the dawning realisation of the efforts required to master it.

Yes, that’s how we all felt in my class: swamped.

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Ms. Teresa Pinto

Student at SOU of TCM

What is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the word “Western”? Exactly, cowboy films;). Well, we were not far from the truth when we enrolled in this subject for Toine provided us with plenty of scenes where he appears to be a most promising actor.

No(!), no guns, no bad guys, just him and his mum.

His mum in pilgrimage in Lourdes, his mum feeling dizzy, his mum with vertigo, his mum and her friend on holliday, his mum with a black eye,... his mum a bit everywhere;)

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2019 Graduates Shenzhou Open University of TCM

2019 Graduates of Acupuncture (in English language)

2019 Graduates of Acupuncture (in Chinese language)

2019 Graduates of Acupuncture (in Dutch language)

2019 Graduates of Chinese herbal medicine

2019 Graduates of Tuina

2019 Graduates of Western medicine foundations (in English language)

2019 Graduates of Western medicine foundations (in Chinese language)

Students receiving presents from Dutch Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine

The annual teachers meeting

Zhilin Dong, SOU president, presiding over the annual teachers’ meeting

Before the graduation ceremony, the annual teachers meeting was held for teachers to exchange experience, evaluate student feedback and propose measures to further improve teaching methods and results.

Teachers of SOU