New Year Open Day
On February 23rd PHBS UK hosted an open day to celebrate the Chinese New Year and to explore new opportunities for Sino-UK connectivity & learning. The open day provided staff, students (both current and prospective) and guests with excellent opportunities to learn more about the prospects available for graduates in China. It gave guests the chance to hear from Chinese scholars, Peking University students, and Chinese company directors and develop their network with others in the same field or in fields they themselves wish to enter in to.
We began the afternoon hearing from Dean of PHBS, Professor Wen Hai, who joined us via web link from China. The Dean conveyed his well wishes to everyone during the Year of the Pig and gave us some insight into what this year would mean for the Chinese economy as well as on a worldwide scale. He was very pleased to see so many of our current students joining the audience and wished them well on their studies as we begin this new term here at PHBS UK.
Professor Guy Liu, Head of PHBS UK, followed Dean Wen Hai with a short welcome address of his own thanking all the attendees and wishing them well in the coming year. Professor Liu has seen many developments within Sino-UK relations and has seen the increase in opportunities for graduates in China. It is important to increase the awareness of such opportunities, especially for graduates from Western countries as what was once a tricky area to enter is now much more open and looking for talented new graduates to enter the field.
Professor Katherine Carruthers, Director of the UCL Institute of Education, the Confucius Institute for Schools and UCL Pro-Vice-Provost for East Asia joined us in conversation with Louis Carmichael currently an undergraduate at Goldsmith’s University, who started learning Chinese at school at Archbishop Sentamu Academy in Hull. They had an extremely interesting discussion looking at the learning of Chinese at both Secondary School and University level and how learning the language provides such an increased variety of career prospects. As China has been developing its global role, Mandarin Chinese has been introduced by more and more schools, with some starting it as an extra-curricular subject and others making it an embedded part of their curriculum. Schools make the decision to introduce Mandarin, because they want to give their students an opportunity to learn another rich language and culture. Now, programmes such as the Mandarin Excellence programme by the Department for Education gives schools in England an opportunity to develop their teaching of Mandarin. It was great to hear Louis’ experience of learning Mandarin and how this has influenced his opinion of the country, cultural appreciation and where he wants to use the skills he has gained in the future.
We were extremely grateful to Professor Pearl Wang, who flew in from China specifically for the occasion, to give a talk on Glocal Entrepreneurship in the Global City of Shanghai. Professor Wang is the Director of Centre for City Creativity and Communication at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Ash Centre Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. It was fascinating to hear how over the past couple of decades there has been a shift in the way western entrepreneurs have been received in China, specifically in Shanghai. The government welcome western entrepreneurs in Shanghai and many industrial parks now support glocal entrepreneurs to launch their start-ups/businesses. They often also provide them with support in terms of launching their businesses, helping them to find local partners and giving them advice on how to secure local human resources within a different cultural setting as well as how to find business opportunities in the context of a cross-cultural market. As markets nowadays are more cross-cultural than ever this was extremely relevant to many in the audience and several of our current students who are looking to develop their business in the Chinese market found this extremely insightful, and promising!
After a short break we welcomed a number of students on stage for our “Learning for the Future: Student Panel”. Giovanni Tuccari was our PHBS UK representative and he was joined by Harry Webster (Oxford University), Michiel Merchiers (KU Leuven) and Elizabeth who represented PHBS UK’s China Construction Bank Executive Education programme. Our very own John Hoffmire chaired the panel and what followed was a discerning discussion regarding each person’s own experience of UK-China relations and what benefits they feel it will have for them in the future. Michiel is a student at KU Leuven who has applied to do a masters with PHBS next academic year and it was great to hear from him why he wants to study at PHBS and what opportunities he feels studying in China will bring to him both when studying his master’s and afterwards when looking for jobs.
Finally, we heard from Professor Yaochu Jin, the Head of the Nature Inspired Computing and Engineering Group at University of Surrey and senior advisor to China-Britain Artificial Intelligence Association. Professor Jin discussed the business application of artificial intelligence in the Year of the Pig.
Overall, Saturday provided a wonderful opportunity for current and prospective student alike to learn more about the opportunities that will be awaiting them in China. This event gave them plenty of food for thought and new information about current developments and new challenges in the region. Hopefully we have inspired attendees when it comes to planning their next steps towards future involvement with China, and the benefits of graduating from PHBS, PKU can be seen and eventually realised!
Thank you to all the attendees for coming to our event and to all our staff members and student volunteers who assisted with the planning and set up of the open day.
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