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Over 1400 Students Attended the 2017 UESTC International Summer School

published: 2017-09-11 15:30:03       hits: 

“I’ve seen hardworking and down-to-earth students. They’ve expressed strong interest in scientific research. I believe they will make great achievements in fields they are interested in, and at the same time, I am looking forward to more cooperation with UESTC students and faculties.” This is Prof. Markus B. Raschke’s praise for students and academic environments of UESTC. Prof. Markus B. Raschke, well-known expert in nano-optics from Department of Physics, University of Colorado, was invited to open the course “Nonlinear Optics and Nano-optics ” during his stay at UESTC.

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This year, 56 foreign professors from 22 countries were invited to open 57 courses for students in UESTC International Summer School. Both the number of foreign experts invited and the number of courses offered are doubled than last summer. During two weeks since July 10th, 2017, over 1400 UESTC students selected and attended courses they were interested in. The International Summer School has involved more students than last year, which has given more students chances to experience international atmosphere without stepping out of the campus.

Li Jin, a third year student from School of Communication & Information Engineering took the course “Principle of Virtual Reality (VR) Technology ” offered by International Summer School of School of Mechatronics Engineering (SME). This course was given by Prof. Indira Thouvenin from University of Technology of Compiegne (UTC), France. During the one-week course, Prof. Indira Thouvenin led her students to explore cutting-edge technologies in VR. Li Jin and other students had the chance to communicate and interact with each other, and presented their team reports in class. Li Jin commented: “I think Prof. Indira is very interesting. She always interacted with us in her class. She also played lots of videos about VR, which were shot by her team. We’ve leant more about VR from these videos and her explanation.”

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Besides courses in science and engineering, foreign experts in humanities were also invited to open courses including: “International Cultural Exchange”, “Entrepreneurship Challenge: to Be an Innovator Within One Week”, “International Trade Models and Their Meaning to Global Marketing Decision”, “Europe and the Ever-changing International Environment”, “American Stories”, “American Society and Culture” and so on. The emphasis on humanity courses, which is to align UESTC aim of elite cultivation, was put forward by the Academic Affairs Office when they prepared for the 2017 UESTC International Summer School.

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“So far as you know, what are the differences between Chinese culture and Western culture?” Prof. Polet Willem, from University of Leuven, patiently invited his students to share their opinions about differences between Chinese culture and Western culture in his class “International Cultural Exchange”. Prof. Polet Willem divided the course into theory teaching and team practice. In theory teaching part, by analyzing various cases, Prof. Willem introduced key theories and viewpoints of well-known scholars in international cultural exchange. In practice part, students were required to form four teams representing four countries respectively. Team members cooperated to explore the cultural differences between the country and China. Then they introduced the country and recommended other students to travel or study there. Through theory teaching and team practice, Prof. Polet Willem hoped, on their basis of Chinese culture, students could understand culture of other countries, and then differences between countries. As a result, they could learn how to deal with cultural shock.

Wei Mingchen, a third year software engineering major student in School of Information and Software Engineering said: “Before the class, I had always thought that it was hard to describe the cultural characteristics of a country or a region. While in his class, Prof. Willem introduced us a systematic solution for cultural learning, providing me with a foundation to have a full understanding of other cultures.” What attracted Wei Mingchen most is the course mode: foreign scholars teaching professional knowledge in English. He explained: “These courses are distinct from foreign-speaking courses. Foreign-speaking courses stress English learning, while these courses teach professional knowledge in English, which are more difficult, and more valuable for our future international exchange in our professional fields.”

Additionally, the high quality service UESTC provided and the interaction between the foreign experts and UESTC students have provided opportunities for the exchange and cooperation between UESTC, and the experts and their universities.

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Heads of Office of Teaching Affairs said, the International Summer School is a major measurement to further the reform of undergraduate education and teaching, to propel the UESTC internationalization strategies, to improve students’ international competitiveness, and to promote cross-culture exchanges. Two international schools were hosted before by UESTC successfully with good results. Experts and professors from world-top universities have brought about state-of-the-art scientific and technological knowledge, rich cultural experience, and diversified learning methods, and boosted the international exchange and collaboration chances for UESTC teachers. In the next step, UESTC will continue exploring the normal mechanism of collaboration, and actively broaden foreign exchange channels. UESTC will run the International Summer School better, bringing more benefit for students and teachers.

Translator: Fang Fang