Seventeen students of VUM agreed to work together with their Chinese colleagues on research topics, selected by them. Six different teams were formed, every team had a different topic which the students chose for themselves. The first part of the joint work was done online, and on 14-16 March the teams were working face-to-face in Beijing. Thus our students had the wonderful opportunity to work with their Chinese colleagues from CAPITAL UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS (CUEB) in Beijing. They did not only do joint research but they had the chance to communicate and be creative while getting to know their partners. The results from the research were presented on the 16th of March in Beijing in front of students and lecturers from CUEB.
The most important and crucial aspect of the collaboration with CUEB, is that our students worked in a multicultural environment and gained valuable experience that they will one day implement in their future international companies, which are most often globally prestigious companies.
For us, the meeting with N.P. Grigor Porojanov – the ambassador of Republic of Bulgaria in the People’s Republic of China was a great honor. During our meeting Mr. Porojanov showed great interest in the topics of our students and their foreign colleagues, the ambassador did not only show great respect to our students but he also expressed how glad he was to see young people from VUM form relationships with Chinese students and work on topics such as globalization, technology and multicultural differences.
In a meeting with prof. Fu – the president of CAPITAL UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS, the desire of the two universities to continue their collaboration was confirmed one more time. From the present moment, we begin the planning of the next visit during March 2018!
Besides having the discussions and the presentations, the students of VUM had the chance to go into a lecture about Chinese culture and history. After this our students Alexander Ivanov and Denitza Diankova had a special presentation for our colleagues from Capital University of Economics and Business. In this presentation they talked about the Bulgarian history, culture and traditions. Prof. Blagoev also held a presentation about the education programs in Bulgaria and in VUM as an educational destination. Once the presentations where finished both Bulgarian and Chinese students went to the cafeteria to make dumplings which they ate after. Not only did they learn to cook a new meal but they further got to know each other while having a new fun experience.
emoticon01Besides the academic work, the students had the opportunity to explore the city. They went to the Forbidden City (The Winter Emperor’s Palace) and the Temple of Heaven, the summer Palace, the Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China. They also saw factories such as the silk, Jade (nephritis) and pearls factories. They even had the chance to see a traditional Chinese tea-ceremony in a traditional Chinese tea-house.