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6 Jan 2020 - 13:15
University of Turin Thesis Defense

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.

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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.

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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.


6 Jan 2020 - 13:00
Taking Root in Chinese Soil – China Studies Students in “Hangzhou Citizens Experience Day”

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.

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“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.

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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.

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27 Dec 2019 - 10:15
Chinese Elements, International Expressions – The Master of China Studies Students Visit China News Service

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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27 Nov 2019 - 14:45
The knowledge of Chinese Centenary History: Summer School Project of China Studies

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.              

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Introduction of Zhejiang University and China Studies Center to students

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Visit to Zhijiang Campus , Zhejiang University

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 Visit to Zhejiang Zhaolong Interconnect Technology Co., Ltd.

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Experience lessons of Chinese

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The speech of Patricio about Xi Jinping's socialist ideology with Chinese characteristics in the new era

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A survey in Yucun Village in Anji County

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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.


4 Mar 2019 - 13:30
The New Semester Has Arrived

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!

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27 Dec 2017 - 14:30
Masters of China Studies Program Students visited China Community Construction Exhibition Center

November 27th,23 international students from Master of China Studies Program visited China Community Construction Exhibition Center accompanied by Professor Lin Ka in order to enhance their understanding of the history of China community construction. The exhibition center is located in Jinchadai Lane, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou.

The students successively visited the exhibition hall of the development of the resident’s committee, the exhibition hall of the development of community construction, the archive of the historical materials of community construction, the exhibition hall of community work and the exhibition hall of the achievement of nation-wide community social organizations.


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In the exhibition hall of the development of the resident’s committee, the students listened to the guide’s introduction to the development history of Chinese grassroots organization and the evolution of the grassroots election, and then they discussed the history of electoral system with the guide.


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In the exhibition hall of the development of community construction, learning about the rising background and the stages of development of community, the students showed such strong interest in the historical exhibits such as resident identification card and votes that they even had a heated discussion about the exhibits. Some of them took photo of the exhibits.


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When visiting the archive of the historical materials of community construction, the students focused their mind on reading varieties of literature materials and the related introductions. They also stood still in front of the sculpture describing the construction of people’s democracy under the leadership of Chairman Mao for a long while, admiring the grassroots democracy construction of the New China.


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In the exhibition hall of community work, after learning about the specialist social work service with Chinese characteristics , the students compared the Chinese social work service with foreign ones.


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In the last exhibition hall of the achievement of nation-wide community social organizations, the students enjoyed the close experience of Chinese neighborhood mutual assistance and appreciated a series of achievements of grassroots organizations such the theatre stage and the space of children. They all identified with these spontaneously formative social organizations and their influences on community.

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