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On November 29, 2019, master’s thesis defense was held at the University of Turin in Italy for Italian students of the Zhejiang University China Studies Center’s “To China” master’s degree program. Zhang Xingkui, the main academic instructor of the China Studies Center, along with Professor Andornino Giovanni, Professor Gabusi Giusappei, and other faculty members of the University of Turin, served as expert reviewers for the Master of China Studies students.
24 students participated in the master’s thesis defense and reported on their academic research. After providing a brief overview of their theses to the defense committee and mentors, the students reported on their research goals, process, and results. Each student conducted a survey as part of their research and utilized data analysis to support their research results.
The thesis topics of the defending students covered a wide range of topics and current events, including the differences between Chinese and Italian wine culture, the beautiful countryside of Zhejiang, and the China dream’s influence on China’s economy and on western economies. Each student was well-prepared and responded effectively to the defense committee’s questions. After a comprehensive review by the defense committee, all students passed their defenses.
The University of Turin “To China” program is a master’s program hosted by the China Studies Center of Zhejiang University. Each year, a group of outstanding Italian students spend a year studying and living in China at Zhejiang University before returning to Italy to continue their studies. The class of 2019 students stated that the China Studies program not only deepened their understanding of China but also gave them the opportunity to explore and adapt to the cultural differences between China and the West. The students also found that being able to conduct in-depth research and ground-level investigation helped them to understand their research subjects more thoroughly and to develop a more three-dimensional understanding of the dynamic trends affecting China and the world. The students will continue their studies after their thesis defenses, and their accomplishments will propel them to bright futures.
In October, first-year international students in Zhejiang University’s China Studies program participated in “Hangzhou Citizens Experience Day” under the leadership of Professor Lin Ka. Attending the event provided the students with the opportunity to see the streets and local communities of China and to experience local culture for the first time.
“Citizens Experience Day” is an annual exhibition of life and culture in Hangzhou. Since the first Hangzhou Citizens Experience Day in 2008, the annual event has contributed to internationalization and cross-cultural communication in Hangzhou. Zhejiang University’s China Studies program has maintained close ties with the event and participated for the tenth time.
Hosted by Ms. Zheng Xiaojie of the Hangzhou Municipal Party Committee, the China Studies students first visited Hubin Pedestrian Street along West Lake to experience how Hangzhou is using technology to transform the pedestrian experience. Smart guides installed around West Lake not only provide the same information as traditional signs but also provide the location of nearby available parking spaces in real time. The smart guides also provide public transportation information, restaurant guides, timetables for West Lake cruises, and the schedule of a musical fountain.
After strolling the Hubin Pedestrian Street the students came to the next stop, the Shangyang Community Neighborhood Committee in Shangcheng District. The students viewed the community’s security station, local college, community management office, and community assistance office. The students also learned about the community’s management principle of “personal affairs handled by the individual, community affairs handled by everyone through consultation”. Through the visit the students learned about the organizational structure of a neighborhood committee and how it works, as well as its indispensable role in helping to mediate neighborhood disputes and family conflicts and to organize community activities.
December 23 – Zhejiang University Master of China Studies students received a special gift – an invitation to visit China News Service Zhejiang Branch. This was the first time that the students had the opportunity to interact with such an internationally influential and authoritative media organization. China News Service is China’s main internationally-oriented news agency and serves a target market of overseas Chinese; audiences in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan; and foreigners interested in China.
China News Service is one of the oldest Chinese-language online media providers in Asia. China News Service’s Hong Kong Branch started its online news service in 1995, and in 1999 the media organization opened its China News Network (chinanews.com) and Overseas Chinese Network (chinaqw.com) online portals. China News Network has become one of the most important news websites in China.
This visit was hosted by the director of China News Service Zhejiang Branch, Zhao Yanjiao. After introducing the news agency to the students, Director Zhao explained how the news agency leverages its “integrated-media” paradigm to stay on top of trends transforming the media industry and to create new forms of media. One example of the new media that China News Service Zhejiang Branch has created was a flash mob the news agency organized on the banks of Xizi Lake for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. In another project, a series of promotional works and videos exploring the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal’s cultural heritage and preservation efforts were released on Wechat, Weibo, and other platforms. Both campaigns received an enthusiastic public response.
The international students were deeply interested by their visit, which was their first encounter with official Chinese media. Led by Director Zhao, the students visited the work space of China News Service’s journalists. Editors demonstrated to the students how to operate Wechat public accounts and how to create Wechat mini programs, and technical staffed shared some of the technical software which are used to create live broadcasts.
After viewing the work space, the students attended the China News Service Zhejiang Branch’s weekly staff meeting. During the meeting, the students engaged in highly meaningful discussion with the journalists on the differences between Chinese and Western media methods, their understanding of what media is, and cultural differences in how narratives are conveyed. Through this exchange, the students gained a new understanding of Chinese media and of the differences between media in different countries.
At the close of the visit, Dean Wei Lu of the School of Media and International Culture of Zhejiang University expressed gratitude to China News Service for the warm reception and praised its contributions to media globalization and to the overseas dissemination of Chinese media. Director Zhao also shared some thoughts on the changing role and importance of media. Media integration has become a topic of interest throughout the world as each country seeks to tell its own stories and make its own viewpoints known. Media is not only an important platform for cultural exchange, but is also an important channel for mutual learning and for promoting peace. Director Zhao also expressed her hope that the international students’ visit to China News Service offered a window into understanding the great changes China is undergoing and to see the friendliness, openness, and tolerance of China.
The year of 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the May 4th Movement and the 70th anniversary of the founding of new China.Taking this opportunity, China Studies Center, enrolling students from prestigious universities around the world, held the summer school project with the theme of “The knowledge of Chinese Centenary History”. Organized in August and October respectively as two phases，the project was designed into two parts including classroom teaching and outside learning .In the classroom, teachers in the center introduced the development and history of Zhejiang University and China Studies Center as well as their rapid progresses to the students. Jiang Wentao, Lin Ka, Patricio from Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina and Mette from Aarhus University in Denmark were invited to introduce and formulate some problems on modern and contemporary China. During outside learning, the students visited the Zhejiang University, went to Alibaba Group and other high-technology enterprises to personally witness the rapid development in Hangzhou digital economy, paid a visit to the Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Yucun Village in Anji County where the propose of the Lucid Waters and Lush Mountains Are Invaluable Assets was first put forward and other places where some theories were proposed which exerted great influence on modern and contemporary China.
Introduction of Zhejiang University and China Studies Center to students
Visit to Zhijiang Campus , Zhejiang University
Visit to Zhejiang Zhaolong Interconnect Technology Co., Ltd.
Experience lessons of Chinese
The speech of Patricio about Xi Jinping's socialist ideology with Chinese characteristics in the new era
A survey in Yucun Village in Anji County
Visit to the Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China
Harmonious interactions between teachers and students were formed during the project, which aroused students’ interests on Zhejiang University and China Studies.Some students showed they had a further understanding of profound and colorful China through lessons and visits. The expected results had been achieved in summer. Thanks to graduate school of Zhejiang University for financial support.
The beginning of March also dates a beginning of a new spring semester for the Master of China Studies Program. While first-year students start to get enrolled in new classes, second-year students enter the final phase of thesis writing.
As the first class of the semester, our new course "Public Policy and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy" started on March 1, Friday and is instructed by Dr. Francesco Silvestri. Dr. Francesco is Acting Director for China of the TOChina Hub and a 2013 alumnus of the MCS Program. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Cooperation and Development and a Master of Science in International Sciences (Global and China Studies track) from the University of Turin and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Politics from Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Italy. Currently, Dr. Francesco is Contracted Associate Professor of "Comparative Public Policy" at the School of International Relations and Diplomacy of Beijing Foreign Studies University too.
The aforementioned course is designed to give an introduction to policy-making, provide the basic conceptual tools for the understanding and critical evaluation of public policies as they take shape in different national contexts (focusing especially on China) and functional domains (focusing mainly on science, technology and innovation). The curriculum also includes knowledge about the political and legal context of policy-making supported with theory and practical skills.
We wish good luck and a healthy and successful semester to all students!
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."