University of California, Irvine Summer Course Program

University of California, Irvine Summer Course Program

Jan 8, 2016 North America

University of California, Irvine Summer Course Program

 

University of California, Irvine (UCI) was established in 1965, located in Orange County, in Southern California, southeastern 50 miles from Los Angeles. UCI grows the fastest among University of California (UC) system due to great environment for study and surrounding by high tech companies in Orange Country known as “Silicon Valley” in South California. Expect for new beautiful architecture, faculty members have strong professional background. Three UCI professors have been honored with the Nobel Prize. The number of the US National Academy of Sciences members in UCI ranked 22nd among national universities.

 

For 2015, UCI ranked 50th in Top 500 world university rankings conducted by CWCU of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Academic Ranking of World Universities). For 2016, UCI ranked 39th (engineering 37th) in U.S. News & World Report among national universities.

 

Application Guide

Study time

From June 25 to – August  31, 2018

Deadline

January  20, 2018

 Teaching location

University of California, Irvine in the United States

 Teaching units

UC Irvine, Samueli School of Engineering

Applicable major

Engineering (referred):Biomedical, Energy, Telecommunications, Civil, Mechanical, Aerospace, Electrical, Materials, Environmental, Chemical

Science (referred):Physics, Chemistry and Math

 Applicable grade

Higher than sophomores in Engineering or Science (junior students are considered at first)

 Teaching language

English

 Tuition and fees and living expenses

Program fees: 9000 dollars. The charge includes teachers’ instruction, research program and relevant expenditure, housing expenses and medical insurance during the program, program activities, manage and research courses credits, I-20 or DS-2019 form (for F1 of J1 visa). Visa, food, traveling and other personal expenditure is responsible by the participants.

 Requirements

Good health of mind and body. Be able to accomplish the study goal.

Excellent in study performance, ranking 20% in class or GPA above3.2

Comprehensive quality, good English level (TOEFL 79 or IELTS 6.5)

Consent of parents

Craving for participating in program, independent, responsible and good in communication

Students with research experiences is considered first

 Application materials

1、Fill application form online http://sites.uci.edu/ucinspire/application/

2、Send the following application materials to UC Irvine, email address: engineeringuci@gmail.com, cc International Cooperation Department of SUSTC GEO, email address: geo_students@sustc.edu.cn.

1)  Personal statement(1 page)

2)  Official transcript

 

University of California, Irvine Summer program website (Chinese translation is provided):

http://sites.uci.edu/ucinspire/

 

St Anthony’s College, Oxford University Online Summer Courses 2020

St Anthony's College, Oxford University Online Summer Courses 2020

April, 2020 UK

Oxford University is a world-renowned federal university with public research colleges, consisting of 38 colleges. It is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the second oldest higher education institution in the world.

Summer program is held every year at St Anthony’s College, Oxford University (one of Oxford’s 38 colleges, https://www.sant.ox.ac.uk/). Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the program was specially shifted to online summer courses. The program will use Zoom conference software for online teaching. Teachers and students can interact during the courses and the courses will be recorded for replay. The online courses will be given by professors and lecturers in Oxford University, while staff of the local government will also be invited to make relevant government report. Students who currently studying in Oxford University for masters and doctoral degree will also be invited to share their application experience to universities in UK.

The total duration of the course is 40 hours, including 20 hours of interdisciplinary lectures (choice one from humanities & social sciences and technological innovation) and 20 hours of main courses (one of five).

Courses (Part A + Part B):

Part A: General Themed Lectures(Two Options/20 hours per course

Option 1: Humanities and Social Sciences

Option 2: Science & Innovation

Part B: Specific Subject Courses (5 Options/20 hours per course)

1)Culture, Art and Society

2)General Cutting-edge Science and Innovation Course

3)Internet Analysis and Data Mining

4)Business and Management

5)Future Cities and Public Policy

Note:

  • You may get informed to change to another specific subject course if the number of applicants for that course is less than 20.
  • Class sizes are kept small less than 35 to maximize interaction between students and tutors.

 

Program Information

Program time 1)     Orientation Week: 28-30 July 2020

2)     Teaching Weeks: 3 -14 August 2020

3)     Feedback Week: 17-21 August 2020

Application deadline 30 June 2020
Teaching platform Zoom
Teaching unit St Anthony's College, Oxford University
Major Any
Grade Any
Language English
Program fee ₤1, 250 Pounds

1. Students apply before June 26th, 2020 will enjoy a £50 discount off the tuition fee.

2. Scholarships: A limited level of scholarships (normally for university students) are available for those applicants who have competitive performance during the program and in the home institution.

(Please refer to FAQs in attachment)

Requirements 1. GPA 2.8 or 70 (on a 100 scale)

2. Proof of English proficiency is not required since English is one of the main language of instruction for courses in SUSTech. If applicant has IELTS/TOFEL test certificate, please provide.

Application materials 1.      SUSTech Application Form for Online Study Abroad Summer Programs

2.      2020 Online Course-OISAP Application Form

3.      Official transcript

Application procedure 1.      Send the SUSTech Application Form for Online Study Abroad Summer Programs to department for review and approval.

If there is difficulty in signing the Form due to the pandemic situation, students can forward the approval email from department to SUSTech Global.

2.      Send the SUSTech Application Form and other required application materials to SUSTech Global at global_students@sustech.edu.cn

Email subject: St Antony’s Online Course + student name, number and major.

Review unit St Anthony's College, Oxford University
Download

Attachments

1.      Brochure-OISAP Summer Online 2020

2.      FAQs

3.      2020 Online Course-OISAP Application Form

4.      SUSTech Application Form for Online Study Abroad Summer Programs 2020

More information and inquiries, please contact: apply@oxfordstudyabroad.org.uk

QQ Group:635881346

 

Temple University Inbound Study Abroad & Exchange

Temple University

Sep 29, 2015 North America

Temple University locates in the famous historical city Philadelphia, is a public and comprehensive research university with 135-year history. Many majors in Art, Business and Law of Temple University rank in top 10 of the United States and online MBA education ranks in the first in the United States. The university has input about 2 billion dollars for the improvement of infrastructure since 2000. More than 60% of teachers in Temple University are recruited in recent 10 years. In 2014, after the drastic selection, Temple University was selected as one of the 10 new energy research center locations of the United States by United States Department of Energy.

According to the exchange agreement between the two universities, our university can choose to send 4 exchange students each year to study at Temple University for one semester,and students pay the SUSTech tuition fee only. In addition, our school can choose to send 10 exchange students each semester to Temple University for one semester or one academic year, and students pay the Temple University tuition fee.

 

REQUIREMENTS

Study time Fall semester: Start on 26 Aug, 2019

Spring semester: Start on 13 Jan, 2020

Admission deadline Fall semester: 15 Mar, 2019

Spring semester: 15 Oct, 2019

Teaching location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States
Teaching unit Temple University
Applicable major All majors

The colleges with limited majors are:

Computer science

Architecture (requires prior permission from the college)

Business education (must be a business major)

Tourism, hotel management, and performing arts (dance, music, theater)

Dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy, foot

Visual arts (film and media art, graphic design, painting)

Course details: www.temple.edu/courses

Applicable grade Higher than freshman
Teaching language English
Prerequisite 1.     TOEFL iBT 79 or IELTS 6.0

2.     GPA3.0+

9. Tuition and fees and living expenses Cost Per Semester
- Tuition: $14,088 (one semester Study Abroad)
- International Student fee: $185
- University Services Fee: $445 (only Study Abroad)
- On-Campus Housing: Approximately $4,000-$7,500 (rent + utilities)
- Meal Plan Options: Approximately $700-$1,900
- Books: Approximately $1,000
- Health Insurance: Approximately $1,250
9. Application materials

Please submit supplemental documents as PDF files.

Contact global.programs@temple.edu 
http://www.temple.edu/international/gp/programs/exchange.html

Attachment: Temple-University-Fact-Sheet

The HK Polytechnic University Student Exchange Programme (2021 Spring Semester)

The HK Polytechnic University Student Exchange Programme (2021 Spring Semester)

2020-09-03

The HK Polytechnic University(PolyU)was first established in 1937 as the Government Trade School and assumed full university status in 1994. The student population at PolyU is the largest among all publicly funded university in Hong Kong. English is the language of instruction (except language specific programmes) and courses.

For the subject list and related information, please refer to https://www.polyu.edu.hk/geo/exchange-and-study-abroad/incoming-students/incoming-exchange/.

Please read the Infosheet (click to download) for relevant details regarding Visa Application Procedure, Important Dates, Accommodation, Insurance and etc.

Applicants have to complete procedures required by SUSTech and PolyU respectively.

 

Programme Information

Exchange Period Semester 2 (Jan – May 2021)
Nomination Deadline 15 Sep for School of Design26 Sep for all other disciplines
Application Deadline 15 Oct 2020
Host University The HK Polytechnic University
Grade 2 or above
Language English
Program Fees 1.       Tuition. Exchange students will pay normal tuition fees to SUSTech and be enrolled at the host institution without having to pay tuition fees.2.       Living cost. Exchange students are however responsible for the costs of living, travelling, accommodation, insurance and other incidental expenses such as the costs for applying student visas as required by the local laws. Please note that A Medical Insurance Premium is mandatory.

3.       Administrative fee of HK$550. Such fee covers visa application, courier of visa and courier of transcript etc.

Requirements 1.  SUSTech full-time undergraduates2.  Proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 80 internet based.

3.  At least 2.7/4.0 (Student is evaluated on case-by-case basis, respective Department has the right to reject application)

Application Procedures Step 1. Nomination:Fill in and send the Application Form for PolyU Exchange Programme (click to download) and prepare Required Portfolio for School of Design (click to download if applicable) to:

denggy@sustech.edu.cn

 

Step 2. Application:

Applicants should launch and submit your online application through a token sent by the host institution for accessing the portal. Students are required to upload the following documents to the application portal:

l   CV

l   Official transcript with grading scale

l   Passport copy

l   Visa application form

l   Financial proof

l   Passport photo

l   Letter of Intent (for students applying for the Advertising scheme at School of Design only)

Approval Unit The HK Polytechnic University
Important References 1.       The HK Polytechnic University website https://www.polyu.edu.hk/2.       Incoming Student Exchange Programme, please visit

https://www.polyu.edu.hk/geo/exchange-and-study-abroad/incoming-students/incoming-exchange/

2021 Hong Kong Laureate Forum (the HKLF)

2021 Hong Kong Laureate Forum (the HKLF)

2020-09-03 Asia

The Council of the Hong Kong Laureate Forum (the HKLF), supported by the HKSAR Government and launched in May 2019, is set up to organize the Hong Kong Laureate Forum (the Forum). The Forum will invite the participation of recipients of Hong Kong home-grown Shaw Prize as well as globally distinguished scientists to spend a week interacting with 200 young scientists from around the world for idea exchange and inspiration in three disciplines, namely Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences.

As a collaborating university, SUSTech is invited to nominate science enthusiastic and talented individuals to join the inaugural Forum.

Note: Potential participants with strong interest but not nominated by SUSTech could launch an individual application via the portal, which would be considered as well by the HKLF Secretariat.

 

Hong Kong Laureate Forum Information

Date 15-20 November 2021
Host The Council of the Hong Kong Laureate Forum
Venues Hong Kong Science Park and other Hong Kong’s signature locations
Language English
Eligibility Criteria 1.       Undergraduates/Postgraduates (Master / PhD), enroll in as at 15 November 2021; PhD Graduates, awarded PhD after 15 November 2016

2.       Age 35 or below

3.       Academic / research disciplines in Astronomy / Life Science and Medicine / Mathematical Sciences / Other closely related subjects

Timeline 1.     Nomination deadline: 5 Oct 2020.

2.     Enrollment: Oct 2020, SUSTech’s nominees will receive a notification email with the Forum’s online enrollment link

3.     Submission: Oct – Nov 2020

4.     Review: Q1 2021, completed submissions will be reviewed and processed by a two-tier Scientific Review Panel

5.     Final result: April 2021, final result will be announced by the HKLF Secretariat

Application Materials 1.       Application Form for 2021 HKLF(click to download)

2.      Official transcript(if applicable)

3.      Official proof of English language level

4.      Provide proof of recommendation, i.e. official letters or documents issued at university / institutional / faculty / school / departmental level

Nomination Deadline 5 Oct 2020
Nomination Procedure Prepare and send application materials before deadline to:

denggy@sustech.edu.cn

Review Unit HKLF Secretariat
Financial Support(from HKLF) For Hong Kong Permanent Residents studying / working overseas / in Mainland:

l  Round trip transportation cost

 

For Non-Hong Kong Permanent Residents studying / working overseas / in Mainland:

l  Six nights’ hotel accommodation on 14-19 November 2021(The HKLF may consider to offer partial or full sponsorship on transportation to successful applicants with financial difficulty.)

 

For all participants, including participants residing in Hong Kong, the cost of below items will

be fully covered by the HKLF Secretariat from 15 November 2021 to the morning on 20

November 2021:

l  Meals/snacks (breakfasts#, lunches, dinners, light refreshments) arranged by the HKLF. Participants will need to arrange one dinner by themselves.

l  Transportation (between designated hotel and the Forum venues; during tours and visits arranged by the HKLF)

l  Tours, Visits and Cultural Experience arranged by the HKLF

More information and inquiries, please refer to: https://hklaureateforum.org/en/

 

SUSTech named China’s top 10 university for the 3rd year in a row

SUSTech named China’s top 10 university for the 3rd year in a row

2020-09-03

On September 2, Times Higher Education (THE) released its THE World University Rankings 2021. Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) has ranked higher this year at 251-300th in the world. It has also moved up to 8th among mainland Chinese universities.

It is the first time that SUSTech has entered the top 300 of THE World University Rankings.

Ranking result

SUSTech first entered THE World University Rankings in 2018, and this is the third year in a row that it has been ranked in the top 10 in mainland China. This year, 1527 universities from 93 countries and regions, including 91 universities from mainland China are on the list. SUSTech’s improvement in rankings demonstrates its significant progress in such a short space of time.

Among the five indicators of THE World University Rankings (Teaching, Research, Citations, Industry Income, and International outlook), SUSTech continues to perform at a high level in Citations and International outlook. Industry Income rose by 38.2% and Research by 49.8%.

As a young university celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, SUSTech has been listed in several important world rankings. Times Higher Education (THE) ranked SUSTech 8th in mainland China and 33rd in Asia in their Asia University Rankings 2020. THE also selected SUSTech among the top 50 best young universities in the world, maintaining its position as the best young university in mainland China. The QS World University Rankings 2021 ranked SUSTech 14th in mainland China and 323rd in the world on debut. According to the latest monthly Nature Index ranking based on 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 research output and published by the publisher of the international scientific research journal Nature, SUSTech ranks 58th in the world in terms of the weighted paper value and 17th in China.

Related Links:

THE World University Rankings 2021

THE World University Rankings 2021 Methodology

HKU Greater Bay Area Online Summer School 2020

HKU Greater Bay Area Online Summer School 2020

2020-06-12 Asia

Virtual Worlds, Real Bodies, as a course conducted by the Department of Industrial Engineering and Common Core and Summer Institute of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), explores exactly the possibilities of creating realities of online world and communities.

Applicants have to complete application procedures required by SUSTech and HKU respectively.

Program Information

Program Period July 20, 2020 to August 7, 2020
Application Deadline June 30, 2020(First come first served)
Teaching Platform Zoom & Mixer
Teaching Unit The University of Hong Kong
Area of Interest Scientific and Technological Literacy
Grade Any
Language English
Program Fees HKD12,000(SUSTech is a member of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau University Alliance, therefore our students enjoy a preferential rate)

 

Note: This program is also eligible for our university funding support. For more details on funding application, please refer to the email titled “Special Funding for Online Study Abroad Programs for Summer 2020”, sent by global_students@sustech.edu.cn.

Requirements 1. SUSTech full-time undergraduates

2. For other requirements, please refer to the HKU website:

HKU Greater Bay Area Summer School – Virtual Worlds, Real Bodies Online Summer Course 2020

 

Application Procedures 1. Step one:

Fill in and send the Application Form for HKU Greater Bay Area Summer School to:

denggy@sustech.edu.cn

 

2. Step two:

Launch and submit your online application through the HKU website:

https://www.summerinstitute.hku.hk/programme/virtual-worlds-real-bodies-online-course-summer-2020/

Review Unit The University of Hong Kong
Program Credits 2(Elective courses of General Education)

 

King’s College London Online Undergraduate Summer School 2020

King’s College London Online Summer School 2020

2020-05-18 Europe

Summer online courses at King’s presents students with the opportunity to access a summer school at the forefront of international education from anywhere in the world. King’s is a globally renowned university that offers a range of subjects across the summer portfolio, while promoting the innovative and research-led teaching that King's is known for.

King’s faculty and staff ensure a high quality of teaching across all of their programmes. Each module uses on-demand and live teaching to allow flexible and differentiated learning. The live lectures and seminars facilitate group discussion, debate and input between faculty and students.

There are two Online Undergraduate Summer School sessions in 2020. Students can study a maximum of two modules. Each undergraduate module requires a commitment of 150 hours study time over three weeks. KCL Online Undergraduate Summer School teaches a wide range of modules spanning subject areas such as health and science, law, governance, business management, culture and ancient languages.

Find out what you could study this summer at: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/summer/summer-schools/undergraduate/what-can-i-study

Undergraduate Summer School at a glance: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/summer/summer-schools/undergraduate/summer-school.aspx

 

Program Information

Program Time Session One: 29 June - 17 July 2020

Session Two: 20 July - 7 August 2020

Application Deadline Session One: 15 June 2020

Session Two: 4 July 2020

Teaching Platform Microsoft Teams

Zoom

King’s E-learning and Teaching Service (KEATS)

Teaching Unit King’s College London
Eligible Major Open to all
Eligible Class Open to all
Entry Requirements 1) GPA of 3.2 out of 4 or 80% or above.

2) English language requirements:

· CET-4 (China) – 550; CET-6 (China) – 493

· IELTS - 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill

· TOEFL Internet Based Test - 95 with minimum 20 in all skills (within the last 2 years)

 

For more details, please refer to:

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/summer/summer-schools/undergraduate/entry-requirements.aspx

Program Fees SUSTech is KCL’s partner universities, therefore our students benefit from an application fee waiver and a tuition fee reduction*

(Partners & Alumni) ONLINE for 1 session: £1620

(Partners & Alumni) ONLINE for 2 sessions: £3240

Application Materials To SUSTech Global:

SUSTech Application Form for Online Study Abroad Summer Programs (Click to download)

 

To KCL (documents required during KCL online application):

1) Official academic transcript

2) Evidence of English language proficiency

3) Personal statement

Application Procedures 1. Send the SUSTech Application Form for Online Study Abroad Summer Programs to department for review and approval. If there is difficulty in signing the Form due to the pandemic situation, students can forward the approval email from department to SUSTech Global.

 

2. Send the SUSTech Application Form and other required application materials to SUSTech Global at global_students@sustech.edu.cn, Email subject: KCL Online Summer School 2020 + student name, number and major.

 

3. Register and complete online application at: https://apply.kcl.ac.uk/

Please do refer to the partner application guidelines when you apply online (click to download).

 

NOTE:

· You should receive a decision in seven working days as long as you have provided KCL with all the relevant documents.

· To confirm your place on the summer school you will need to log into King's Apply and pay your fees within 14 days of receiving your offer.

Review Unit King's College London
Contact KCL If you have a question concerning an application that you have submitted please email the admissions team through your ‘King’s Apply’ account.

If your question is about other aspects of the Summer School, please email summer@kcl.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0) 20 7848 1533.

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University of Leeds International Summer School online 2020

University of Leeds International Summer School online 2020

2020-05-08 欧洲

University of Leeds is one of the UK’s largest research-based universities and a member of the prestigious Russell Group. Although Leeds International Summer School (LISS) is postponed until next year, students can still study with Leeds in 2020.

 

Choose from five programs starting on 25 May 2020. Each program lasts up to 13 weeks, consists of five courses plus an optional final assessment course for credit, and involves approximately five hours of study per week. If you want to gain credit you will pay £560 to upgrade the five courses and take the assessment. You can upgrade at any point after you join the program. Each successfully completed program (including final assessment course) is worth 10 Leeds credits (5 ECTS).

 

As part of your International Summer School experience, you will join an online community via Microsoft Teams. Here you will connect with other international summer school participants and take part in a weekly schedule of events.

 

There are five courses you can choose from:

 

*The exceptions are ‘Introduction to Intercultural Studies’ and 'MedTech' which are only available as non-credit bearing programs.

 

Program Information

Program time Start time: 25 May 2020
Application deadline None
Teaching platform FutureLearn
Teaching unit University of Leeds
Major Any
Grade Open to all
Language English
Program fee 1)Programs are made up of short courses, most of which you can join for free.

2)You can sign up to learn online for free and decide later if you want to take the assessment and earn credit. If you want to gain credit you will pay £560 to upgrade the five courses and take the assessment.

Requirements Open to all
Application materials If you are to apply for Special Funding for Online Study Abroad Programs for Summer 2020, it is required to submit SUSTech Application Form for Online Study Abroad Summer Programs.

**About the Speical Funding for online program, please check in your mailbox with subject “Special Funding for Online Study Abroad Programs for Summer 2020”

Application procedure 1. Send the SUSTech Application Form for Online Study Abroad Summer Programs to department for review and approval. If there is difficulty in signing the Form due to the pandemic situation, students can forward the approval email from department to SUSTech Global.

2. Send the reviewed SUSTech Application Form and other required application materials to SUSTech Global at global_students@sustech.edu.cn , Email subject: Leeds Online Course + student name, number and major.

3. Join your chosen academic program of study: follow the relevant link(s) on the Leeds online information page and follow the instructions on the FutureLearn website.

Review unit University of Leeds
More information and inquiries, please check at: International Summer School online

E-mail:summer@leeds.ac.uk 

MIT’s “global classroom” comes to Shenzhen

MIT's “global classroom” comes to Shenzhen

2020-02-21

“I’m pleased to hold MIT’s first overseas Chinese program in Shenzhen. MIT-IAP Shenzhen is benefiting from technological advances, creative culture and social innovation resources within the city.”

------Dr. Haohsiang Liao 

Director of MIT Chinese Program

 

MIT-IAP Shenzhen (4-19 January 2020)

 

*MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

*SUSTech: Southern University of Science and Technology

*SUSTech Global: Global Engagement Office

*IAP: Independent Activities Period

 

MIT-IAP Shenzhen

The program was jointly designed by the MIT Chinese Program and SUSTech Global. The morning sessions were taught by the MIT instructor, with one hour practice assisted by SUSTech students as language buddies. The afternoon sessions were comprised of field studies arranged by SUSTech Global. The course outcome was that each student would be able to make a presentation in Mandarin on a topic related to China.

On January 4, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) welcomed a group of undergraduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to take part in the MIT Independent Activities Period Shenzhen Program (MIT-IAP Shenzhen). Eight students studied Mandarin and experienced life in Shenzhen for two weeks.

MIT began building their Global Strategy in 2017 which emphasized MIT’s distinctive “global classroom” in which students develop communicative and intercultural competencies, critical thinking skills, intellectual curiosity, and cross-cultural understanding through on-site projects, augmented by country-specific cultural and historical education and language training. This year, MIT’s Chinese Program chose Shenzhen as its first overseas project site in partnership with SUSTech.

 

MIT students lived and studied on SUSTech campus, undertaking projects and exploring city life together with SUSTech students

 

The program of MIT-IAP Shenzhen allowed students to fully immerse themselves in the local environment, boosting their language proficiency and cultural awareness. Moreover, it helped students start to gain understanding & insight into contemporary China; as well as highlighting interest in cultural differences between China and the United States.

Heekyoung Woo, Elizebeth Murray and John Lin decided to carry out research on - respectively - educational differences between China and the U.S., China’s college entrance examination system, prejudices between both nations.

Minna Wyttenbach, a MIT student in mechanical engineering interviewed Chinese students Luyu Xiaohou and Haichuang Che to learn about the SUSTech course CAD(Computer Aided Design) Engineering with regards to its pedagogy and research assignment. During the final presentation, Minna shared her findings about the differences between students’ conducting research project at MIT and SUSTech.

 

SUSTech robotics lab

 

Tencent’s VR technology

 

Experiencing Shenzhen’s innovative culture at Chaihuo Makers

 

Meeting the start-up company CODEMAO’s CTO Mr. Yue Sun

 

Field studies

The afternoon sessions were both introductory and informative. Students visited a variety of local landmarks, cultural sites, tech companies, start-ups and incubators, as well as local non-government organizations across the city. The visits were not only an interactive demonstration of Shenzhen’s innovative nature, but serve as a living testament to the city’s transformation.

Although all the students were from science-related majors, it was evident they were equally passionate and fascinated by Chinese history and culture.

During the visit to Artron Art Center, Students from MIT and SUSTech explored the exhibition hall and fell into the beauty of calligraphy, paintings, sculptures, and porcelain.

 

Artron Center - enjoying the beauty of ancient and modern Chinese art

Grameen China is a charity providing women with micro and guarantee-free loans to set up their own business. The charity helps women who normally cannot get loans because of their credit history. By breaking down barriers the charity helps to open doors for these women.

MIT students met with charity staff in an office located in an urban village. Students were impressed by the 99% loan payment ratio and also heard stories from some of the beneficiaries of the loans.

Grameen China - a poverty reduction trip

 

“May you have a lovely son soon! (zaoshengguizi in Chinese)” The auspicious wedding wish can be represented by red dates (hongzao), peanut (huasheng), longan (guiyuan), and lotus seeds (lianzi) in China since they together share the pronunciation of the wish. At U·Nature Life (酉心生), a sex education organization in Shenzhen, students had a taste of these dried fruits and the play of words represented by these fruits.

More interestingly, students dived into the wedding customs across various ethnic groups in China and the changes toward sexual attitudes. Students tied the discussions with current issues, like the differences between sex education in China and America; the traditional marriage mindset and its legacy in rural China; the absence of sex education in China.

 

U·Nature Life (酉心生) - sex education in China

 

Chinese Buddhism was a special part of this program. MIT students visited the famous Hongfa Temple where they exchanged ideas with Abbot Yinshun and Buddhism School students. They practiced Buddhist meditation and tried Buddhist cuisine, both of which were eye-opening for them. “There are different cultures, languages, and beliefs on earth but we have a shared value: love and benevolence”. said Abbot Yinshun.

 

Hongfa Temple - a Buddhist tour

 

The Huaqiangbei area is a microcosm of Shenzhen’s historic economic jumpstart. Mary Ann O’Donnell, an American anthropologist and the co-editor of the multidisciplinary research book Learning from Shenzhen (2017, University of Chicago Press) who has lived in Shenzhen for 25 years, guided students on a walking tour passing a community compound, through the highstreets and into an electronic goods market, all the while narrating the history of the continuing transformation of the once rural villages from several decades past. Through her guided tour, Dr. O’Donnell unveiled Shenzhen’s journey from “world factory” to “global Silicon Valley”.

 

Huaqiangbei - a Shenzhen story told by Mary Ann O’Donnell

 

Huaqiangbei - saw the history of Shenzhen’s tech industry

 

Student experience

Below we follow what some of the students have been up to as well as their experience. From attempting to solve novel problems using science through to expressing their own ideas on traditional art forms.

Marco Rivera was fascinated by the Chinese calligraphy hanging over the wall in Phoenix, a local tea house. He had gained a basic understanding of calligraphy in MIT and chose to carry on his study of calligraphy through a mini-project during his stay in China. During the final presentation, Marco was excited to share his understanding of the traditional literary game known as “floating cup on a winding brook”.

Chinese calligraphy displays at tea house Phoenix

 

Thiago Bergamaschi discovered that it was hard for AI to win games of Mahjong due to logical complexity, imbalanced information and randomness. He started to find out ways to tackle these difficulties and to empower AI through machine learning.

 

Learning from Chinese Kongfu athlete Sheng Yang

 

Nia Myrie was born and raised in Jamaica where dance and music are indispensable parts of life. She studied various dancing styles of Chinese ethnic groups, and was particularly fascinated by the Chinese Ballad. She had an idea to choreograph a new staged dance combining Chinese dance movements with Jamaican dance.

 

Trying out the Guzheng (the Chinese zither)

 

Bibek Pandit from Nepal was astonished by Shenzhen’s economic development and the general speed of development in China. Graduating this summer, Bibek spent time learning about the Chinese experience of rapid modernization with the goal of applying what he has learnt to the development of his own country.

 

Being greeted by Abbot Yinshun at Hongfa Temple

 

John Lin is American Chinese. In an afternoon, following his peers, he visited a residential community where a humble social enterprise is located--- Good People Good Things (好人好事), dedicated to help the vulnerable in the city. John tried his hands at the mutually benefiting programs and gained a vivid picture on how it works in the daily life of Shenzhen. As John said, this is the most impressive part of this tour because it presented a snapshot of tears and laughter of real life in contemporary China.

 

Visiting Good People Good Things (好人好事), a social enterprise

 

In the final days of their time in Shenzhen and at SUSTech, the MIT students expressed their thanks to the student volunteers who had devoted their time and passion to help them improve their language skills and understand China throughout the past two weeks at SUSTech and in Shenzhen. In return, the SUSTech students have found that they had learned a lot from the hard-working MIT students and were keen to travel to Boston to experience the education that MIT offers.

The year 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of SUSTech, and the university will welcome students from HEC Paris, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and the University of Queensland for visits and exchanges.

Receiving Red Envelope - the Chinese New Year Gift

 

what they said

"The SUSTech students were absolutely amazing! They were also full of energy and enthusiastic to help us out with whatever we needed. On days where we had free time, students took it upon themselves to plan an itinerary full of fun activities. Additionally, I feel like I’ve made long term friends."

——MIT student's anonymous feedback from the program evaluation

 

"The past two weeks were an incredible experience and I am endlessly grateful I was given this opportunity to come to Shenzhen, learn some Chinese, and meet some unforgettable people."

——Minna Wyttenbach

 

"I understand why China is the way it is. China is a massive economy today, it became so only in a few decades. I can see how the details of what prompted that change. I think the amount of details we were provided for every place we went, especially Li Laoshi’s description made things so much meaningful. Those descriptions were the best."

——MIT student's anonymous feedback from the program evaluation

 

"The program gave us a very diverse range of experiences throughout Shenzhen from seeing humble urban villages to grandiose government buildings to major companies like DJI and Tencent and then back again to a humble (and noble) societal good company like 好人好事 (Good People Good Things)."

——John Lin

 

"I am so impressed with Shenzhen’s history and development, and I really love this city. In the future, I would like to come back to visit Shenzhen again and see the change."

——MIT student's anonymous feedback from the program evaluation

 

"The experience with SUSTech peers is my favorite part of the program! I learned so much from them. I was always so happy when they participated in the afternoon activities with us. They all went above and beyond taking us out into the city and sharing their culture and experiences with us. Please let them know how grateful I am for their support."

——MIT student's anonymous feedback from the program evaluation

 

- By SUSTech Global and SUSTech students -