It has been a long time since the last update. It has been pretty busy these two weeks as our practicum coming to an end. Today, we were just back from a 4-day conference of American Centers of Cultural Exchange in Shenzhen, which I will talk more in future posts. For this post, I am going to write about our visit to the SYSU campus in Zhuhai which happened on last Tuesday, June 10th.
The campus is located in the suburb of Zhuhai, a city very close to Macau with cooler temperature and clean air. The campus is very beautiful, with several lakes and hills. There are “campus taxies” that are electric golf carts running around, taking students and staff from one side of the campus to another, because the campus is so big! We had a tour around the campus by the electric carts and I really enjoyed the views around the campus. It is interesting that our hosts told us if you don’t have a bicycle, you need to climb the hill to get to the library (which is huge).
We did a presentation about the U.S. Education System at the school of translation. Out audience include undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members. The school has a partnership with Miami University in Ohio, so several people in the audience had some education experience in the U.S. before. We have also met a girl who was really interested in psychology and education and applied to Peabody, but sadly got rejected and now she is going to UW at Seattle studying education. The school also prepared a short presentation about the Chinese education system after ours. We then had a round discussion about the comparison of two system and how we can learn from each other. It was wonderful to hear from the students’ and faculty’s ideas/stereotypes about the U.S. education system and what they have learned about the facts from our presentation. It was also an enjoyable experience to bridge two different cultures, break all stereotypes and summarize similarities.
We especially wants to thank our two hosts Shuting Xu and Mengqing Fan for doing all the organizing work and taking time to tour us around; and Qing Zhang, their teacher, who joined us for tea time before our shuttle arrived. Shuting had studied abroad and taught as a volunteer teacher in Tibet. She is currently a graduate student at the school of translation and a teacher teaching Chinese to international students at the school. Qing had studied at Miami University in Ohio and she shared her big news with us (She actually just got her marriage license with her boyfriend yesterday! Congrats!). We had conversation over many topics and became instant friends in a short time period.
- Cynthia of the 2014 GZ 2