China Studies |Experience is the Best Teacher
2018-05-17 16:56:26
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"讀萬卷書不如行萬裡路", with its English equivalent as “experience is the best teacher”, might sum up the last company visit of China Studies class this semester. Organized by Professor Haifeng Huang, international students from this course paid a visit to Galaxy Holdings Group, a Shenzhen-based conglomerate that invests not only in the real estate and property management, but also in the financial and hospitality industry. 
 International students from South Korea, Canada, South Africa and Germany visit the Galaxy Headquarter
Company visit to Tencent Holdings, one of the world´s most valuable social media companies
The visits to Tencent and Haiwei  were stamped by trips to their R&D departments and Q&A sessions with the companies´ senior executives. Huawei visit ended at a Buddhist restaurant where students had dinner with the professors as well as the delegation of MBA students from the University of Pittsburgh. 
The 2018 spring intake of international students attending Professor Huang´s China Studies class
 Moderator of the Huawei dinner after the first company visit
The China Studies class did not only address the tech industry, but also other industries. For instance, students had the chance to visit the genome sequencing corporation Beijing Genomics Institute. It is the first company worldwide that has decoded the genome of an Asian individual and also the SARS virus back in the days. Furthermore, the class also visited the financial services hub and entrepreneurial accelerator of Qianhai Holdings in the Shenzhen bay area, which aims to foster a more close-knit collaboration between Mainland China and Hong Kong. 
 Professor Haifeng Huang and his students during the Q&A session with Qianhai senior executives
The Peking University HSBC Business School delegation
In addition, the class paid a visit to one of Mainland China´s two stock exchanges,  Shenzhen Stock Exchange. 
 The student delegation, accompanied by Professor Haifeng Huang and the teaching assistants,  at Shenzhen Stock Exchange

Students also had the opportunity to engage in so-called moving classes, for example, the trip to a contemporary tea house. They were introduced to the rich and century-old history of the Chinese art of tea-drinking. Accompanied by various gulps of tea brewed from different types of tea leaves,  students also learned about Chinese etiquette and how to interact with business colleagues, and were able to share their experience over a joint dinner prepared by the hosts. 

one can definitely state that the China Studies class has offered rich insights into Chinese culture, the country´s astonishing development and the very people shaping its future for the next generation of international students to engage in the cross-border study at PHBS.