March 27, 2019
The University of Chicago Center in Beijing was delighted to have the opportunity to assist with and host a variety of activities aimed at utilizing the university-wide spring break week for short-term study and research programs. Below are some of the highlights.
March 21 Lab Schools Student Group Visit to the Center in Beijing and 蒲公英中学
University of Chicago Lab Schools' Chinese teacher Xiaoli ZHOU led a group of 16 students on their annual trip to China during the break week, organizing many educational exchange opportunities in Beijing and Shanghai in order to give the students a more holistic understanding of the Chinese education system. On Wednesday, March 21, the students visited the Center in Beijing, where they met with Interim Executive Director YUAN Ji. Mr. Yuan gave the students an introduction to the structure of the Chinese education system, highlighting areas where it differs from that of the U.S., and briefly noted some of the unique challenges posed by educating a population as large and varied as China's. After their visit to the Center, Mr. Yuan arranged for students to travel to 蒲公英中学 in Daxing District. There, the students learned about the history and development of the school, taught an English class, and participated in an afternoon physical activities course.
March 24-29 Career Advancement Trek to Beijing and Shanghai
The Center was delighted to support this year's rendition of the College Career Advancement Office's annual trek to China. During the trip, students visited workplaces across a variety of sectors in order to gain exposure to opportunities in Beijing and Shanghai and build connections with potential employers.
March 26 CUSEF Delegation Visit to the University of Chicago Center in Beijing
Another annual spring break trip, the China-U.S. Education Exchange Foundation-sponsored trip brings graduate students from various realms of the social sciences (including the Harris School, the Law School, and the School of Social Service Administration) to China to learn about modern Chinese society, with a particular focus on the role of China's economic development. During their visit to the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, students learned about the Center's role in facilitating educational exchange, and they were fortunate to receive the opportunity to discuss the Chinese economy with Renmin University's Professor Ran TAO (PhD '02).