Today I was on a duty. Being given the opportunity to study abroad is a one in a life time opportunity. I put in the hours to reach this point but without my school I wouldn't ever be in Guangzhou so today I did my best to return the favor to the "IAE de Toulouse", part of "Université Toulouse Capitole 1".
I study in Lingnan College which is a part of Sun Yat-Sen University. This uni has several campuses, I'm in the South campus situated in Guangzhou. It's only for 3rd year of bachelors students and up. Therefore the first two years of their bachelor Chinese pupils are in another campus, in Zhuhai. The most hard working ones are given the opportunity to go abroad during their 3rd year which is why my South campus organized a bus trip to Zhuhai Campus. Zhuhai is a medium sized coastal city (population of 1.5 million so medium by Chinese standards!). The goal of the trip was for exchange students and former outbound students to share their experiences and promote the school they are issued from or went to.
I started by presenting my university and its different schools to an audience of around 100 people. Fun stuff. Organizing this "Information Session" on a Saturday meant we'd have free time to come but also meant many students in Zhuhai would be with their families or up to something, so there weren't as many people as I was expecting.
After my quick presentation I was brought on a campus tour. The main building is actually the longest "school building" in Asia and they really emphasized on that point. It's all about the titles! Current length: 571.2 meters!
To the left the building goes right up to the mountain and a stairway gets you over and to the other side, where the library is. To the right, the building can still be extended. "Who cares?" would one say. They do, a lot! Another university is planning to build a similar structure, just a bit longer. Titles. But Zhuhai is ready and waiting for them and a staff member said "If they do that, we will extend!"
The library is a neat looking building, shaped as a book.
Some nice architecture, and the stairway in the middle leads to the point of the pen shape building of the previous photo on the other side.
Chinese people like photos so taking a selfie with the head of the International Relationship Officer (on the right) is a possibility!
As this campus is well out of town they have a lot of space, and some of the scenery was beautiful and not something we have the spaces for in European universities...
After the campus tour and a quick lunch it was time to set up my booth with the promotional materials I'd been sent from France.
As all the students from each university finished decorating their booth students began entering the room to ask for information from each university. It became a busy place quite fast!
I successfully distributed all my goodies and did my best to promote my home school to whom I owe very much. I did warn them about one thing: although students are making progress, French people speak English very poorly. This is something that will limit their social life & activities as it will be hard to make friends and participate in such events. The Chinese students obviously don't speak French and will only pick up very little during their stay so it's a tough choice to make but definitely worth it.