2015 Study Tour Back Home
The 38 UNSW students who embarked on study tours to Shanghai and Xi’an on 29 June 2015 returned, culturally and linguistically enriched, to Sydney last Monday, 13 July 2015.
The Shanghai study tour, focusing on Chinese language and business, provided students with almost daily Chinese lessons, as well as business case studies and lectures and even company visits to international juggernauts Huawei and Volkswagen. The students were led by A/Prof Junfang Xi, Chinese Director of Confucius Institute at UNSW Australia, a leading international scholar of international trade.
The Xi’an study tour also had a focus on language with almost daily Chinese lessons, but rather than engaging with China’s business environment, provided students with lessons in Chinese cultural practices, including a formal lecture provided by Xi’an Jiao Tong University on Chinese culture. Being in one of China’s ancient capitals, the students had the opportunity to visit historical structures embedded with cultural significance, including one of the most famous World Heritage sites, the Terracotta Army. These students were led by Adjunct Lecturer Lili Shen from Confucius Institute at UNSW.
The students in both Shanghai and Xi’an greatly enjoyed the tours, with many expressing the desire to return to China in the near future for further study and a greater understanding and passion in Chinese culture and language.
For a video about the tours, please click here.
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