Since 2008, the Master of China Studies Program has granted a master’s degree to more than 450 students from 50+ countries. In addition, our program has signed a partnership with more than 25 universities all over the world, including the University of Oxford, UCLA, Free University of Berlin and etc.
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1. The summer vacation for undergraduate students is from June 6th to September 9th, while the summer vacation for graduate students is implemented according to the school notice.
2. Registration, opening ceremony and orientation education for international students shall be carried out in accordance with International College’s notice.
3. Sophomore, junior and senior registration, graduate students’ registration will be arranged on September 11. The fall-winter semester begins on September 12.
On June 10th, the viva voce examination of MCS Class 2020 was held in Lecture Theatre (West) in ZJU International Campus. The viva exam is scheduled according to the requirements of ZJU. We had the Academic Committe of 8 with us on campus while the students giving presentation online.
There were 19 students taking the exam, and their research topics covered economic development, gender studies, film, television, and sports. The exam board consisted of eight senior China studies experts from the School of Humanities, the School of Foreign Languages, the School of Public Administration, the School of Philosophy and International Business School.
The programme team first explained the exam requirements to the students. After each student's presentation, the professors would raise questions to test the students’ general comprehension of the field of study and the acquaintance with the general literature of the subject, knowledge of the relation of the work to the wider field.
Results of the exam were announced on the same day. On behalf of all the faculty and staff of the China Studies Program Team, we congratulated the 17 students for successfully passing the viva voce.
Recently, 3 international programs held admission interviews and proposal presentations and viva voce examination.
May 12 MCS Class of 2021 thesis proposal presentation
May 17 GCM Admission Interview
May 19 MCM Class of 2021 thesis proposal presentation
May 31 MCS & MCM 2nd Round of Admission Interviews
June 7 GCM Admission Interview
June 10 MCS Class of 2020 viva voce examination
Regarding the Lecture Series on China Studies, we once again invited Mr. Douwe van den Oever to give us two exciting lectures.
The 2021-22 academic year will end this week. The project team also introduced the "West Lake Study Abroad Program" to international students. At least 10 companies in Hangzhou kindly offered summer internship opportunities, which include roles such as: project development, external relations, strategy analytics, business translation, etc.
Generally speaking, international students need to return to their home country to work for two years after graduation before they can apply for a foreign work permit in China. International students who take part in the program can directly apply for foreign work permits when they go to Hangzhou for employment in the future.
Our global initiative continues to make progress. We signed a contract with the Brazilian Center for Social and Cultural Research (IBRA China), which represents another important achievement for ZIBS after we successful signed an MoU with the China-Brazilian Entrepreneur Council (CEBC). Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and other guests attended the establishment ceremony of our Latin American Research Center. The event was hosted by Beijing Frontier Financial Regulatory Technology Research Institute and Zhejiang Digital Fintech Federation. Rodrigo, a Brazilian student studying MCS, played a crucial role in the establishment of our Latin American Research Center.
Most of our students were successful in securing internship and job offers. Macedonian student Antonio, Pakistanian student Maria, and Brazilian student Rodrigo played an active role in the various affairs of the university. Graduates of the iMF program achieved excellent employment record. Four students in the first class of iMBA choose to intern or work in the ZIBS ecology.
Recently, the Academic Director of Master of China Studies (MCS), Dr. Wenyu Zhou and his collaborators' paper "Macroeconomics matter: Leading economic indicators and the cross-section of global stock returns" was published online in the Journal of Financial Markets. The paper suggests new evidence for the important role of macroeconomic indicators in stock market yield forecasting.
Journal of Financial Markets publishes high-quality theoretical and empirical research in the financial field, including asset pricing, investment, capital and securities markets, and is recognized as an international authoritative journal in the field. Of the 500 manuscripts submitted each year, less than 40 are accepted by JFM. The acceptance rate is less than 10%. This is the third academic paper that Dr. Zhou published in this journal after working in ZJU.
In the paper, the research team used more than six decades of data from 39 countries around the world to investigate the predictive power of the OECD's comprehensive leading economic indicator (CLI) for national stock markets. The article found that changes in the combined leading economic indicators can significantly predict future stock market yields in countries: monthly stock market yields in the top 20% of CLI index growth rates are 1.43% higher than in the bottom 20% countries, and this excess return cannot be explained by existing asset pricing models. Based on this finding, the article designs investment strategies based on open-ended index funds from different countries.
The following is an abstract of the paper:
Leading economic indicators assist in forecasting future business conditions. Can they also predict aggregate stock returns? To answer this question, we examine six decades of data from 39 countries. Short-term changes in the composite leading indicator (CLI) positively correlate with future stock returns in the cross-section. The quintile of markets with the highest CLI increase outperforms the quintile with the lowest CLI change by 1.43% per month. The predictive power of the CLI survives multiple robustness checks and cannot be absorbed by established risk factors. Our findings imply an exploitable investment strategy that can be pursued with exchange-traded funds.
On May 12, the 2021 cohort of MCS students successfully completed their viva voce examination of their thesis proposal. There were 33 international students who attended the viva voce online and the board of examiners consisted of 9 professors from different institutions.
The MCS students gave presentations on their research topic, theoretical framework, research methods and thesis structure, covering topics such as "the Belt and Road Initiative", "the 14th Five-Year Plan", green finance, digital industry clusters, and the aging population of China. The examiners provided detailed guidance on how to further develop their research ideas. After the meeting, the MCS program team also shared feedback on the presentations, and encourage everyone to communicate with the tutors more often to ensure that the dissertation is completed on time and written to a high standard.
The MCS students will sit a mid-term progress review this September and submit the first draft of their dissertation in April next year. Congratulations to all for passing the viva voce!
During the two years program of the MCS program I had the unique opportunity to meet brilliant people with many different cultural backgrounds but one thing in common - the enthusiasm for China. While the inter-disciplanry curriculum is focused on providing an understanding of China's history, culture, economics and language, the MCS program supports you in exploring China first-hand and directly apply what you have learned e.g. during my research project leading through whole China.
Maria Gpe. Bojorquez-GomezAs a two-year MCS student, I benefit from the resources and attention of the university for my academic and personal growth. During my time in the China Studies Program, I have learned immensely about China, particularly about Chinese history. Not only have our professors exposed us to various Chinese ways of life during class excursions, but the MCS has also taken measures to assure our understanding of China through lectures and regional trips. The weekly Chinese language courses and MCS library have also deepened my personal understanding of Chinese culture. I look forward to continue my studies with the support of the university throughout my thesis research and internship experience.
The MCS program has provided me with an invaluable multifaceted learning experience in an incredibly dynamic environment. The program provides numerous opportunities to explore China in and out of the classroom by organizing field trips that allow us to experience what we've been studying. My favorite trip was for a class called "In the Process of Modernization: Local Society in Modern China", where we discussed different aspects of how rapid development has effected smaller cities and towns across China. The professor of the course took us to her hometown, outside of Hangzhou, and we had the opportunity to interview local government officials and learn about their plans for future development of the city including how they plan to address environmental concerns of residents and tackle the various consequences of rapid industrialization.
Vanya PadalovaChina is a country and a culture that we all need to learn about, but if we are lucky, we would get to experience it, and that is incomparable! And what better way to do that than Masters IN China! Coming to China all the way from your cozy home might be overwhelming because it requires you to step out of your comfort zone and embrace something new and completely different. Sometimes it is not that easy, but if you do, you learn, you get hurt, you experience, you understand, you grow! The China Studies department in ZJU have done their best to ensure that they prepare us well and help us on the way to understanding this amazing new world. Being a Zhejiang University student has given me a lot of great opportunities and it has changed my life for good!
Mindaugas CesnaviciusChina Studies master degree program is much more than just an academic knowledge about China. It is new friends from all around the world, opportunities to travel and discover, food to taste and enjoy, convenient environment to study, facilities to grow mentally and physically, new things to learn and experience, helpful and sincere staff, amazing days and unforgettable nights. All in all, for me it is adventure of the lifetime, which happens in China.
I am 24-year-old university student from Finland, majoring Automation and Systems Technology. I visited in ZJU for a student exchange program at Autumn semester 2016 and now my master studies are almost completed. I learned facts about China and of course improved my language skills. Moreover, my experience about living and studying in Chinese University will be valuable because my future work is closely related to Chinese companies. Besides studying and hectic working life, I especially enjoy jogging in mystic forests, doing parkour in city centrum and smiling to foreigners I meet at streets.
"The MCS program is unique both in its broad scope and its approach to the China Studies field. Instead of being based on Euro-American academic models, the program constantly challenges students to engage with China on the local level. I'm grateful for the scholarship opportunities to do hands-on research and collaborate with scholars from around the world. I'm especially appreciative of the personal and professional relationships cultivated with the greater MCS community. The continued investment of resources means that the MCS program will continue to evolve at an impressive rate. As an alumnus, I look forward to future development a creative and innovative program."