As part of the Go8’s Student Leadership in International Co-operation Project, I was part of a group that visited Peking University, Tsinghua University, Harbin Institute of Technology and Zhejiang University.
At each place, we met new students, at all levels – bachelor, masters and PhD, experienced Chinese culture, research facilities, campus life and associations, sport and sightseeing events. Importantly, many new friends and contacts were made.
Highlights included, lunch in campus canteens (which are huge), an acrobat show, many robotics labs – one including a real working humanoid table tennis player – with an awesome backswing, the Great Wall of China, Central Street in Harbin and West Lake in Hangzhou.
It was a great experience and I encourage people to get out there and experience the world and take up the opportunity whilst at university – go on exchange, travel, take a short trip, enrol in a language course, etc.
As an end note, HIT is offering a week long cultural program at the end of July; definitely something to check out – and some scholarships are available for Go8 students (email them for details).