Voronezh State University is actively carrying out joint programmes with its Chinese partners, and shows good results in promoting exchange programmes for talented students and scholars, as well as in establishing contacts and knowledge exchange between Russia and China.
Four VSU students have just returned from Qingdao University of Science and Technology (China) where they completed internships.
Andrei Sizov, a third year student of the Mathematics Faculty, shares his impressions. 'I've visited such cities as Beijing, Shanghai, Jinan, Zibo and Taian, climbed five mountains, have been to museums and have done a lot of sightseeing. I did not have an interpretor and meeting and talking to people was one of the best experiences during my internship. I discovered new opportunities to learn about the world with the help of the Chinese language. It sould be mentioned that at the beginning of the term I was able to communicate with neither classmates nor teachers.’
'Of course apart from studying I enjoyed learning about Chinese culture and traditions, in this way our teachers and Chinese students of the Russian language in Qingdao University were very helpful. Our teachers organised events for foreign students and taught us to cook Chinese dishes. However, the best experience was visiting a traditional Chinese family. The hostess was very hospitable,' said a second year student of the Faculty of International Relations Alexandra Timofeyeva.
'When studying in China my Chinese improved a lot – both writing and speaking skills. I also got a better understanding of Chinese culture. What is more, I got lots of experience I will need both for my everyday life and my future career. This term was a real breakthrough for me. It encouraged me to continue learning Chinese and learn more about Russian-Chinese relations' said a second year student of the Faculty of International Relations Marina Popova.
'The internship was exclusively in Chinese. The lessons started at 8am and finished at 12am. The subjects included: listening, speaking and two types of reading (intensive and extensive). At the end of the term we had a test and received our certificates. In Qingdao we visited Old Town, an old Catholic church, the shore of the Yellow sea, climbed Mount Laoshan, went to a flower show and the zoo. I also visited Beijing and Shanghai. I got a lot from studying in China: improved my Chinese, travelled, met new people and learnt about the traditions and culture of the country,' said a third year student of the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology Anastasia Zhiglova.