Cardiff Metropolitan University's Cardiff School of Management (CSM) students attended a two week Easter School at Renmin University in China (RUC).
The trip was funded through Cardiff Met's Short Term Mobility Funding, and was supported through Cardiff Met's China Office who assisted with logistics and planning for the two week visit.
Above: Cardiff Met and Renmin University students meet in Beijing, China
Cardiff Met students were able to experience the educational culture in China by participating in academic activities with the students of Renmin University. They also guided and led seminars for the Chinese host students at Renmin University and engaged in cultural and social integration activities throughout the visit. The CSM students gained a lot of experience in terms of CV enhancement and were exposed to the worldwide marketplace. Commenting on the experience, Stefaniya Davydenko, International Business Management remarks; 'My mobility helped me see the bigger picture of the world and think more globally, which has had a great impact on my studies.'
Cardiff Met and Renmin University students attending lectures together in China
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The visit lead, Chris Parry, Programme Director for MSc Financial Management, also supported the benefits to the students: 'The RUC students we met were well motivated and engaging and it was a great success that our students led on sessions for the host students. Cultural integration was of great benefit with all our students making friends with several Chinese students and interacting on a social level with the host students. It's a small world that is becoming smaller; exchange trips like this can only help and benefit everyone. The staff and students who went on this trip are looking forward to welcoming our Renmin University friends to Cardiff'.
Renmin University of China, also known as People's University of China, colloquially Renda, is a major research university in the Haidian District in Beijing, and is ranked 44th in the Asia University rankings. RUC has over 25,000 students across 26 schools and is a comprehensive research university, focusing on humanities and social sciences. Its scope also covers natural sciences, information technology and environmental sciences.
The RUC students equally benefitted from the visit, with seminars led by Cardiff Met academics, they were given a feel for a UK style delivery of teaching as well as interacting on both an academic and social level with the students from Cardiff. Nen Chan, an RUC student commented: 'I really enjoyed this visiting activity. The Cardiff Met students are very warm, and I was encouraged a lot by the joint activities. They shared a variety of experiences of the real life in Cardiff. I will look forward to studying in Cardiff in the future'.
Professor Bu Jianjun, Deputy Dean of Renmin University, was particularly impressed with the outcomes of the visit, stating: 'I was very pleased to extend great gratitude to Cardiff Metropolitan University on behalf of School of Education and Training of Renmin University of China and Higher Education Centre UK. I'm very grateful for your support and of the whole team for the contributions and tremendous efforts on this great joint international student event in April. Cardiff Met's branding has been successfully promoted in our campus, my colleagues and students benefitted a lot and learned so much from your students and academic lectures. I'm very much looking forward to continuing this initiative'.
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