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Special Report: A generation comes to learn, and returns to build 出国留学，回国贡献，一代新人茁壮成长
Defined by being only children and empowered by a roaring economy, Chinese students are seizing the best college education in the world Interactive
As Chinese students meet the challenges of a new language and new ways to learn, higher education finds new ways to welcome them Interactive
China’s nextgen returns home with ideas and skills that will energize business and influence economies around the world Interactive
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Meditation is a way for this international student to reconcile her two identities
COM’s new online resources help Chinese students before they arrive
More international students from China decided to go back after graduation. It’s a good thing as china’s economy is growing, there are more opportunities there!
Thank you for this wonderful glimpse into a significant part of our BU community.
“You can be an A student in English in China and still not be ready to go up to an American on a sidewalk and say, ‘Excuse me, can I interview you?’” says Daly, who teaches a seminar for graduate students from abroad.”
Wouldn’t it be, “Excuse me, MAY I interview you?”
I am a BU grad. It seems to me that students from China have the work ethic that my generation had. So today’s students should use them as an example of hard work that pays off. Not to think of life as easy, which I think may be the attitude of some American students. I wish all students good luck in this ever-increasing, complicated world. I believe in the motto ” life is not about finding yourself , it’s about creating yourself”. Connie’55
Two things bother me about this. How many American students are denied admission for a Chinese student who has no plans to stay once they graduate? And if the Chinese are among our main competitors both in trade and innovation, should we really be advancing their education, and helping them to become the bigger economic superpower?
To answer your questions:
1. With the financial crisis and higher risked student loan, many Chinese students pay tuition by themselves. That saves US education institutions.
2. After a Chinese student graduates, if he stays, then you would say he is stealing a US job; if he returns, you would say he competes with the US. This is loser entitlement mentality. Why don’t you think the other way: you can work harder and do better in the competition?
That seems like a terrible attitude. The best way for countries to learn how to work together is to understand each other, and education is a great way to forge lasting ties. And don’t forget, having students in class from all corners of the earth enriches the academic and social experience of students from America, too–they are benefiting immensely from getting to see other world views. Having a diverse international community is an asset any university would be lucky to have.
What an excellent report. Moving, personal, informative, and never boring—nice work, team!
Well done BU!!
To stay or to leave? The question comes to puzzle more and more Chinese students in the States because the unique advantages of both of the choices are dramatically appealing. The choice between a higher start point and more stable working & researching conditions in the States versus more opportunities, wider creating space in China is like the “fish versus bear’s-paw” analogy. However, the dilemma will never demolish some of our dreams or force us to make hard choices because both of the choices can offer us increasingly brilliant futures. By the way, I hope my undergraduate admission goes well.
Btw, are you also applying BU for the coming fall semester?
I had always had a stereotype of Asians as group-oriented societies. So I was very surprised by the Academics video to see that the Chinese student at BU had so much difficulty adjusting to group projects—very eye-opening! Thanks, BU Today!
This feature is beautifully done!
Chinese students are positively embracing American culture and are also proudly developing the rich culture in their own country.
Be open to different cultures. They are the beauty of the world.
It is kind of strange to know all the above comments are positive. That is abnormal……sorry to say that…..
Just saw this news from sina weibo. The development of china has grown at an AMAZING rate recently. Meanwhile, there are some serious problems happening in China, like culture protection. I think the Chinese government should put forth great effort to preserve the character and culture of a city. A city is richer for having tangible relics of past eras, not just the urban buildings.
Excellent report. It’s been a long debate on the choice after graduation: to stay, or to return? For decades students from China would rather stay in the States, even as aliens with a mediocre life. Returning to China had been despised and even treated like a joke since, as seen by them, only losers who couldn’t adapt to American life would go back home. This series, however, marked down the rise of opinion on the other side: Return, Revive, and Rebuild. Based on the returned precedents, we are given a new picture of leading successful life in a thriving country with an ever-growing market. Hopefully, similar reports and opinions will erase the negative impression of returning to China little by little. Some of comments also make sense, and points in the report remain debatable. Honestly， for us who are capable of studying abroad are absolutely capable of leading a relatively superior life in China as well, it doesn’t make this report pointless. The shrinking of the US job market propelled this trend and at the same time growing knowledge of the US among Chinese students made them no longer regard US as heaven.
Those of us who are capable of studying abroad are absolutely capable of leading a relatively superior life in China as well
Excellent work! I cannot imagine that BU can make such a complete video series to go inside the Chinese student community. It is important for both Chinese and American students to learn about the people around them.
Without any doubt, BU is ahead of many colleges in the States. Well done job!
This is the most touching video I have ever seen since I came to this country.
I have to say that after reading this I started regretting deleting BU from my school list this year.
BU, I cannot be more proud of this special report, which has taken your team one year to complete. Love this one so much!
Well done, BU! I feel touched at the sight of this homepage, especially when CA is trying to pass SCA5 to limit Asian students. Hope more universities will do this too. Again, good job BU!
Tai Diao Le Ba!
Took a tour at BU last winter break and found a huge Chinese population there. They do make themselves visible. Well done BU! Well done Chinese students!
I came to BU for MBA studies in 1982. Most Chinese students at that time were from Taiwan, Singapore, or Hong Kong. I am happy that BU is now taking up the task of educating such promising students from China. It is indeed a privilege to nurture these young people who are so precious to their parents. It warms my heart to see that BU values its Chinese connection and is committed to help its Chinese students thrive. These students, whether they’ll stay here in America or return to China, will certainly contribute to building a new China that is more cooperating and involving in the global community.
This makes me regret choosing GW over BU. I can see this university really cares about its students, not only the domestic ones but also those international ones who really need more help from the university. Job well-done, BU! Makes me feel jealous to those who go there!
@JimmyLu – Is it really caring about students…or caring about money and students who can afford to pay full tuition up front with no loans, grants, scholarships, etc.?
It’s wonderful having a diverse group of students at BU. However, I wish that the university had a more formal orientation program for Chinese students to help them prepare for the differences in educational style mentioned in the article. It could include an introduction to the writing center, information about course structure (syllabi, blackboard, etc.), and encouragement to interact with professors and fellow students when there is a need for help. I know that other universities do so, not only was it mentioned in the article, but I have friends who have worked in the programs, and I don’t know why we don’t have such a program at BU — particularly given how intensely we are recruiting Chinese students.
At COM, we are developing exactly the kind of online orientation program you describe, targeted at Chinese grad students who are coming to COM grad programs.
Awesome! it’s really sweet and warm to see that report about China. And thanks to BU for doing a lot for Chinese student. I have really spent a wonderful time here!
Good job! Thanks for BU today!
Great article! I myself know a couple of people mentioned in this article. I’m an American-born Chinese, but I went to BU a few years ago and now work in Shanghai. I am all too familiar with those from China who try to accomplish the “China Dream” of getting a foreign educated and hoping to make something of themselves in China; hopefully in a greener manner. Funny that Nederlander was mentioned, because one of the first job interviews I had after graduating from BU was with them. Yes to the efforts of more Broadway shows brought to China, but maybe it should have more Chinese content in order to appeal to the masses. Chicago was supposed to debut in Shanghai but that got cancelled; probably deemed too raunchy for the municipality.
This article fully described the reason that I choose to come to the US and spend the most important four years here. Thanks BU! I’m using this as a resource for my transfer application essay to BU. Hope I can join this great community this fall.
OMG, I’m a transfer student applying BU right now. At first I just dropped by and trying to figure out some ideas about the short essay about why BU is my best fit. I saw this on the home page and I recognized those scenes. I feel so warm and touched. I don’t know how you guys feel, but as a Chinese, at that moment, I knew BU would be my best choice.
Very interesting and engaging article. I am especially interested as a BU alum and a current host parent for a Chinese exchange student (11th grade). I am sure that she will be interested in reading this as well. Well done, BU Today!
Enjoyed reading Part 1 of this article. Can’t wait to read the rest of this article. Makes me feel proud to have my son attend BU!
I feel so happy that BU Today posted a theme about China. Good job.
This series is beautifully done—thank you so much, BU Today, and congrats to the writers and videographers!
Come on, add some comments on this awesome report! Share it and say something. Good job, BU, for making this report.
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