KSENIYA: Majoring in Economics brings lots of joys
This is the fourth year of study in China for KSENIYA, a 24-year-oldBelorussiangirl. During these years in China, she met with love, gained knowledge and increased experience.
Getting acquainted with China
In Belarus,KSENIYA Schose to study Chinese as a major.Once, under the guidance of her teacher, she applied for program of Wuhan University in China. After the successful application, she came to China to study economics. However, this strange country has brought many challenges to her. Apart from the differences in diet and culture, the most distressing thing for KSENIYA was the languagebarrier. Despite having studied Chinese for a couple of years,KSENIYA was still far from fluent in communicating with native Chinese speakers when she first came to China. "It's very inconvenientthat I cannot speak Chinese, especially when it's difficult to get what you wantin supermarket."KSENIYA said, "In the first year, I made great efforts to learn Chinese, and then gradually adapted to Chinese life."
At Wuhan University,KSENIYA met an American boy. They both wanted to know each other better, and they decided to stay in China for further study. They applied for a master's degree for the School of Economics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and successfully made it.
Having been accustomed to the Chinese environment,KSENIYA felt conveniences in living in China. She admires China's ability to apply high-tech to everyday life. The new library launched a face recognition system last year. It only needs to bind facial information and campus cards to achieve "brushing face in and out". This kind of movie-like plot a few years ago is but now a way of life that people are accustomed to, and she feels incredible.
Accompanied by Huazhong University of Science and Technology
After living in Huazhong University of Science and Technology for three years,KSENIYA fell deeply in love with this school. She said: "Theenvironment is very nice, both natural and human environment. There are many trees in the school. It's very comfortable to walk on the avenue in summer. The temperature here is much lower than that in other parts of the city. My classmates are all working hard. I like the atmosphere of study very much."
In Huazhong University of Science and Technology,KSENIYA met some new friends. She has been invited to attend tea parties for foreign students several times. At the tea parties, they do not only share the customs of their countries but also try to appreciate the customs of others. In addition to this, they learn how to interact with students from other countries, and identify what matters need attention. In the process of sharing,KSENIYA was surprised to find that the organizer of tea parties was also a girl from Belarus. TwoBelorussiangirls became good friends and often shared the joys of life.
Get accustomed to School of Economics
KSENIYA majored in International Economics and Trade at the School of Economics. She participated in the mandatory courses in Chinese with graduate students in China. Only a few elective courses were taught in English.“There is a big difference between Chinese and English teaching.’”KSENIYA said.“English teaching is more open and autonomous. Teachers often organize discussions after throwing out a topic, while Chinese teaching is more often to make students learn advanced economic theory in the form of lecturing.”Apart from facing language challenges, she is also be stuck by advanced theories and mathematics that are difficult to understand.KSENIYA often encounters problems that she can't solve by herself when studying. She sometimes asks teachers questions and sometimes discusses with her classmates. The students in the class are very clever and enthusiastic, always able to help her solve problems.
This summer,KSENIYA will graduate from the School of Economics. Her graduation thesis deals with bilateral trade between Belarus and China. Li Zhaohua, her tutor, helped her a lot when she was writing her paper. Professor Li Zhaohua has worked in an international trading company and is able to integrate economic theory with practical business applications.KSENIYA learned a lot from Professor Li. She said, "Professor Li is a very serious teacher. Every time I send him an email, I get a reply in five minutes. Heis very busy, but he always replies to me so quickly. I respect and thank him very much."
After graduation,KSENIYA plans to take part in the work and put the knowledge learned into application. She said that she had been a student for too long, and it was time to repay her motherland with what she had learned.
Heba：InHUST，I became a better girl
When June is around the corner, Heba’s learning career in her devoted HUST is also about to come to an end. Leaving her homeland Jordan, she traveled thousands miles away to study in China. She anticipates to be the bridge between China and Arab which both have profound culture by researching in international trade.
In Heba’s opinion, “I really feel thatChina plays the main role infutureworld stage”, and she wantsto be one of the people who understand the culture and language in order to be part of this development. After she came to HUST, she deeply felt the difference in education between China and her motherland. Firstly, the learning atmosphere was different, in Jordan, junior and high school were very relaxing, and when it comesto college, everything became strict. No one dares to speak or run away in class;in China, on the other hand, students become relaxed after going to college, who areunder great pressure from the college entrance examination before entering college.Also,teachers in Jordanian universities pay more attention to practice, and there are many courses that do not even have textbooks. Instead, teachers will teach them a lot of knowledge that will benefit them in real life. In China, teachers seem to place more emphasis on theoretical knowledge.
In addition to her studies, Heba's life can be described as colorful, she is like an excited child, always ready to try new things, make friends all over the world. After three years in China, she first tried to learn calligraphy, but she always wrote crooked, so she turned to learning to compile Chinese knots and pinch clay. In her spare time, she always goes to theOptic Valleyto watch movies. In her eyes, however, the most unforgettable was her volunteer experience. Looking back on the experience of teaching English as a foreign teacher in primary school, her heart was always full of happiness, and the time with her children made her feel that she was always young.
In addition, tourism is also a major hobby of Heba. China has attracted her deeply from all over the world. At present, she has visited Beijing, Jinan, Xi'an, Qufu, Hangzhou, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Kunming, Dali, Mount Tai and other places to feel the customs and so on. Savor the delicacies there. . Like many young people, Heba has the dream of traveling around the world, and China was her "world" during her stay in China.
As a full foodie, Heba says her favorite in Chinese food is hot pot. In the dense steam, a hot pot made her seem to be in heaven. In HUST's canteen, she was never tired of tasting all kinds of delicious food, hot and dry noodles, dumplings, and milk tea, which she could not give up. "Milk tea is the best invention in the world. When I return home, I even want to open a milk tea shop!" She said excitedly.
Heba also made a lot of Chinese friends. As she attended classes with Chinese students, she became an easily recognizable minority with a foreign face. The Chinese students always helped her enthusiastically, breaking the barrier between the country and the language, and forged a deep friendship. "I am a person who likes to meet new people so whenever there is a chance to meet new people I will immediately join without hesitation." As a result, she joined the Chinese corner of SICA ( Student International Communicating Association), saying she loved the atmosphere and the people there.
As graduation approaches, Heba plansthat after accumulating enough experience, she hopes she can start her own business. She is more eager to know the future direction of her career than the following study, and perhaps she will choose to study for a Ph.D. in the future to serve her future career.
Heba said that China not only opened her eyes, but also let her see a better self. She was a little overwhelmed at the thought of leaving China. The every moment here had become a part of her. She didn't know how to let go.
采访伊始，当被问及为何选择华中科技大学和经济学院时，柯韩是这样说的：“事实上, 我在巴基斯坦的大学担任助理教授, 是一所公立大学,如果你毕业于像 HUST 这样的好的大学,你会拥有自信和优势。”在申请大学时，柯韩一共获得了三所中国大学的录取，是华中科技大学的优秀排名以及它作为公立大学的突出地位使得柯韩选择了华中科技大学。
在学习方面，柯韩也得到了很大帮助，他尤其感激他的导师孔东民教授，“他是个天才。他以系统的方式指导我（学习）的每一个阶段, 使我能够严谨地完成我的博士学位。他用他的专业精神和研究技能,帮助我发表了4篇 SSCI 论文。”
此外，柯韩受到了老师, 朋友的极大尊重,与博士生项君怡的合作使其难忘。并且他很荣幸的为经济学院的一位国际学生做了一个关于“成功发表SSCI 期刊经验”的演讲。同时，柯韩非常感谢他的辅导员Berry,“她确实是激励学生的人, 她为我和我的朋友莫煜提供了这次机会,让我们分享发表高水平文章的经验。”
对于未来的规划，柯韩是这样想的：“由于我是华中大学生, 不仅是华中大的大使, 也是中国的大使, 我很高兴在国际上提升华中大的形象。我很自豪地介绍自己作为华中科技大学的学生。”
Khan：hard work is a successful shutdown
MohammedAsifKhan , from Pakistan's Lavalacotte·Azadeshmir, who willsuccessfully complete his PhD in Financeof the School of Economics at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, in June this year. Khan, readily answered after receiving an invitation to the interview, and described to me his bond with HUST.
A lot of factors, bond with it.
At the beginning of the interview, when asked why he chose Huazhong University of Science and Technology and the School of Economics, Khan said this: "In fact,I worked as an assistant professor at The University ofKotli,a public university in Pakistan,where people rated the ranking of their graduating universities highly. If you graduate from a high-leveluniversity likeHUST,it gives you a sense of superiority and confidence. "In addition, Khan has won the admission of three Chinese universities, is the excellent ranking of Huazhong University of Science and Technologyand its prominent position as a public universityso that Khan chose Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
In addition to the Chinese University of Huazhong's own strength for Khan's attraction, Khan also mentioned that his choice of Huazhong University of Science and Technology 's real reason is Dr.Javaid Iqbal(DIDAgraduates)and Dr.Ghulam Ahmed’s spiritual support .
Based on multi-angle considerations, Khan chose Huazhong University of Science and Technology, began his three years of great bond with HUST.
Warm aid, often grateful
When he first arrived in Wuhan, Khan encountered difficulties, he recalled “I started to face the problem is language barrier and food compatibility, but within one months I became familiar with food."
Alone in a foreign land, in the beginning of life, two people have given him a lot of help, they areAbral·Mr. Akbar and Jaber·Mr. Montaz. Coincidentally, the former was one of the participants in the International conference,Khanwelcomedtheir group at a hotel, and Khan said that Mr. Akbar for him at the time was “Great hope and relief from the source of stress ", since then in the study life, Mr. Akbar has become one of the best friends of Khan. With the help of friends, classmates and teachers, Khan gradually became familiar with the rhythm of HUST's life, so as to devote more attention to learning life.
On the study side, KhanAlsohad been greatly helped, and he was particularly grateful to him for his supervisorProfessor KongDongmin.“He is a genius. He guided me in a systematic way at every stage of my studies,enabling me to complete my PhD with rigour. He usedhis professionalism and research skills,helpme publish4SSCIPapers,And more papers were published in the course of the review. "
Whether it's learning or living, Khan in HUST for three yearsaffected bythe teachers, classmates,friends.To thisKhan is mindful of his heart and is always grateful.
Study hard, work hard
In the three years of the HUST, what has been learned by Khan, and what kind of feelings for Khan? “I learned how to conduct research in a competitive, multicultural international environment," he said.My belief that“hard work is the key to success”becomes more specific. Ihave mastered aconsiderable number of research,skills and learned how to give these skills and knowledge back to my hometown.”
In addition, Khanreceivedthe teachers,the friendsand classmates’greatrespect.The collaboration withDr. Xiang Junyimade it memorable. And he is honored to have made a speech for an international student at the School of Economics on“sharing publishing experience with theSSCIjournal”. At the same time, Khan is very grateful tohis coordinatorMs. Berry, “She is indeed a cooperative, professional and motivating officer,and she has provided this opportunity for me and my friend Mr.ELYAS,shared our publishing experience. She pointed a new direction to the school of Economics. "
Look up at the starry sky and build on
For future planning, This is his thought “As I am a Chinese university student,not only the ambassador of Huazhong University of Science and Technology,but also the ambassador of China,I am very happy to advocate the happy image of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. I am proud to introduce myself as a student of Huazhong University of higher learning. "
At the same time, he expressed his willingness to remain in HUST as a postdoctoral student and hoped to represent Huazhong Universityof Science and Technology,especially the faculty of Economics, in various research forums. Because HUST has provided a research environment,He has been looking for research environments like HUST and the best co-researchers of Professor Kong.
Finally, Khanrecommends that all freshmenconcentrate on quality research. Because a person'sproduct can only be distinguished by quality research (SSCIPublications). It givespeoplerespect, the future,and canimprove the ranking of schools.
In HUST for three years, Khan got rid of helplessness, grew into an excellent, hard-working, hard work HUSTER, hope that in the future life, he can look up at the starry sky, continue to carry out, practice his “hard work is the key to success” belief, grow into a better person.
Mirza: The Harvest in HUST is Priceless
With a pair of bright eyes, generous words, confident and brilliant smile......this man in front of me is from Pakistan. He will successfully complete his three years of PhD in the School of Economics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology in June 2019. Mirza, has been an excellent international student, readily accepted the interview invitation and his story with HUST.
Choose China, Choose HUST
Before coming to China, Mirza had studied at Queen Mary, University of London. What attracted him to choose China for studies instead of continuing in Britain? He said that when he was studying at Queen Mary College, there were many Chinese students there, which showed that China's education system was very strong because the students educated under such a system were strong enough to compete overseas. The personal observation and encouragement led Mirza to choose to come to China to study.
With so many colleges and universities in China, what made Mirza choose HUST? Mirza expressed firstly about the national and international ranking of HUST and secondly, he related with its existence in the city (Wuhan) which is not internationalized and exhibits more cultural affinity than other cosmopolitan cities of China. He believes that as a steadily growing developing country, the retention of culture with its characteristics has a great advantage for China. In his opinion, a nation with its strong cultural existence has its own benefits. Living and studying in a growing city with its retention of culture is undoubtedly a good choice.
Thus, Mirza met HUST and officially started the life in the Yuyuan in Forest 1037 for three years.
Tour the World, a Wonderful Stop
Before coming to China, Mirza already had some Chinese friends. They told him a lot about China, so Mirza had a general impression of China. China is the eighth country where Mirza has stayed in. As an overseas student with rich experience, when he first came to HUST, Mirza did not feel there was too much difference.
Perhaps the biggest obstacle Mirza encountered was the language barrier.When he came to HUST on the first day it took him one hour to find someone who can communicate in English and direct him to International students’ office. But with the passage of time, he became more familiar with HUST and the people around him, he gradually found a way to communicate with the people here. Also, in the process of overcoming language related obstacles, his observation was improved more than his Chinese language skills.
Mirza said that though it is unjust to compare the education institutions of countries with different social structures but comparing with some schools overseas, HUST has a good learning atmosphere. With his observation he analyzed that the Chinese students around him are hard-working, which also enabled him to concentrate on his learning. However, he believes that the university should not only be a place to study, but also may also help the students to feel home. When a person encounters some difficulties, the HUST family around him should help him. Therefore, he proposed to participate in more group building activities, so that students would have a better sense of belonging to the school.
While studying in HUST, Mirza also attended some events. He believed that the most exciting event was an international conference called Community with a Shared Future for Mankind and Global Goverance organized by Professor Ouyang Kang. He found different perspectives and approaches to identify the recent policy related issues which added to his life a wonderful knowledge and experience. In his spare time, he also organized some social activities for international students. In his first year in HUST, he arranged a barbecue party with his friends and invited more than 20 foreign students to attend. By recalling his time of first year in China, he shared some good memories with his friends.
Grateful to the Professor, Grateful to HUST
Speaking of hissupervisor, Professor Fang Hongzhong, Mirza’s words were full of gratitude. While speaking highly of him, Mirza expressed that his professor was a person with deep knowledge of economic problems and has intellect of a philosopher. What impressed him the most was his professor made him learn how to research. When Mirza first arrived at HUST, his research skills were primitive, which made the processes of his scientific research less organized. His professor saw his efforts and hard work, then he offered him a helping hand. "It's because of him that I mastered the research skills." Mirza recalled. Whenever he discussed his ideas, his professor helped him to organize the idea to have more clarity and efficacy. "He really helped me a lot." Mirza said. At the same time, he also hoped that in futureinternationalstudents might be assisted with some international students an coordinators Professors to bridge the research and communication related gaps. That will not only bring an association helping in the improvement of research in school but will also reduce the burden of professors.
In the course of HUST's study, the story between Mirza and his professor will always be rememberable for him.
The Past is Worth Remembering, the Future is Worth Expecting
With the arrival of graduation season, Mirza will be standing at the crossroads of life. When talking about plans for the future, Mirza said that his experience in HUST was wonderful, but he still has a long way to go. Scientific research is not a day or a year's task. The project he is currently working on is an ambitious but workable one. He hopes to understand the world, to provide the world with some positive things, to propose solutions to the imbalance of economic development among countries. The project may last for more than 5 years. Regarding where will he stay in the future, he said that he is considering different options at the moment and likes to keep himself open. He has already participated in some interviews from middle eastern countries and is waiting for the results.
Almost three years ago, Mirza, with his expectations for the future, entered the gate of HUST. Now, he has grown into a professional researcher and confident excellent graduate. He is about to walk out of the 1037 Forest with the brand of HUST and the trace of the School of Economics. We wish him a bright future and a wonderful life.
Elyas Abdulahi:To be a market-oriented talent
Elyas Abdulahi holds a master's degree in Development studies from the University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. After graduation, he came to China to continue his academic research work.Now,he is a Ph.D. in theoretical economics at the School of Economics of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. His main research field is Population, Resources and Environmental Economics .
Coming from the distant Ethiopia , Elyas spent nearly three years in the Economics College of HUST.Facing a coming soon guaduation.At, Elyas recalls his study tour in HUST , which is considered to be significant and profound.
Original intention: decided to go to China to study further
After graduating from the Master, felt the huge changes wrought by globalization to the world of politics, economy as well as culture, Elyas had the idea to continue to specialize in the development of research directions.He believes that learning economics is to understand and integrate into the global cooperation and exchange of important way. What’s more, he knows, a single learning environment can not help his understanding of the world's cultural diversity, then going abroad to study economics became his positioning of Ph.D.
Why choose to study in China?Elyas explained that going to China to study is a decision made after his mature considerations.Elyas has witnessed a positive attitude of China when participating in global affairs, his country is also involved in "The Belt and Road". With such a prospect, Elyas thinks it is possible to participate in the affairs organized by Chinese people, so he needs to understand the transaction characteristics of Chinese people. And the best way to do that is to study in China.
However, he believes that Belgium lacks a global exchange of business opportunities, so Elyas gave up the opportunity of Belgium and insisted on applying to Chinese universities. In the end, he found his destination at Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
Choosing HUST: A perfect place to study
Elyas believes that HUST is not only a platform with excellent educational resources, but also a place for cultural exchanges. In his opinion, learning environment is quite important, "Some people acquire knowledge from books, while others learn from environment ". Through a different cultural perspective, Elyas broadens his awareness and gain a deeper understanding of international affairs from his friends come from different countries.Here, he can concentrate on his studies and concentrate on learning."Of course, China has many large cities, which have the excellent world-class universities, but in that kind of environment, maybe it is difficult for me to focus on the learning itself."However, the incompatibility from cultural differences is what Elyas must face to. As for those confusions in the initial life in China and the inconveniences of eating, Elyas said frankly, "I don't see those as challenges in my path, because in the face of my strong faith in academia, those challenges are just life experiences. They're not important."
He likes to find some interesting topics and come up with new ideas from a large number of references and research surveys. This is also his usual learning method, based on existing research, linking theoretical knowledge with reality, and then deepening it. Elyas believes that learning lies in what you know, not what you don't know, so the key to learning is to learn as much as you should know."Basically, I learn from the results of previous scholar's research. When people learn from the study, they not only rely on literatures, you can learn something new form what scholars focus on in the real world, then your are able to propose new ideas in such issue. "
It is with this enthusiasm for knowledge that during the Ph.D. in Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Elyas has achieved excellent results. He published three papers in SSCI (including one grade A and two grade B) and also published more than 4 papers in international journals.
The future: depending on market demand
Elyas expressed his deep reluctance when he was about to leave this place. "Every day I am staying at HUST is my wonderful and happy life experience."
Learning economics has silently affected the way Elyas makes decisions,and the future planning is no exception. With the eyes of economics, Elyas said he would like to continue his research. He is willing to be a postdoctoral fellow in China, because from the current prospect of market, the demand for international economics talents is very large.And China's current domestic market is also full of opportunities, so that Elyas is very happy to continue to develop his capabilities here. Certainly, when the future comes, Elyas will adapt to the market according to actual changes and behavior in market-oriented.“Everything depends on the market. ”
Yonkers:Math made me meet HUST
Yonkers is still in a calm mood to welcome the graduation season. In a blink of an eye, he has been in China for four years. Four years ago, withthe curiosity and longing for China, he came to Wuhan.
Studying abroad is not as easy as imagine.Language, culture and study are all things that need to be overcome step by step. In his first year in China, Yonkers studied Chinese in Wuhan University. When talking about his feelings during that time, he was able to tell others with a smile and fluent Chinese that he was very happy when he studied Chinese in Wuhan University, and He had a professor who cared about them very much. "In fact, you should know that, a person in a foreign country, is afraid of others’ gratuitous malice most, but I am very lucky, I think around the people are kind, just like here."
After learning complete the language’s study, Yonkers chose to study for a master's degree in quantitative economics at Huazhong University of Science and Technology's school of economics. " I saw a little bit of change and it was getting better and better. It was amazing." In terms of learning, when other international students need to overcome the difficulties of the classestaughtin Chinese, he said that he was not afraid of it. In his opinion, mathematics is an international language, and he gave full play to his advantages in mathematics, not only did he not fall behind in his professional courses, but he further improved himself. About learning methods, he has a unique set of learning methods. He likes to teach others very much, which can not only help classmates around him, but also improve himself very quickly. "Because you can teach others on the premise that they will understand the problem better, and in the process of teach others, I repeatedly to think, of course, I can get more things. In addition, Yonkers believes that application is also the most effective way to consolidate knowledge. He likes to combine his professional knowledge to study some real things and conduct empirical analysis, so as to dig out some projects he is interested in.
In the past four years, Yonkers has also met many kind people and moving things. Yonkers is very grateful to his tutor. In his second year of admission, his former tutor left the school of economics due to work, so he became a man without a tutor. Later, he found his current tutor, who was very kind to him and gave him great help both in study and in life. When he just came to China, cultural differences made him feel that he could not make friends with the students here. But gradually, he found some Chinese friends who shared the same interests with him, which might become a precious friendship for him.
About his plans after graduation, Yonkers has decided to return to the United States and take a job related to quantitative economics. He thinks that he can always maintain his enthusiasm for mathematics and economics, and that he can be motivated to make his own career in the combination of his future work and interests. Although he is about to leave, he expresses his deepest thanks and wishes to the school, and hopes to come back here again one day, hoping to see a more beautiful and powerful Huazhong University of Science and Technology at that time.