20 June 2011
The students were guests of the University of Jinan
Students from GCU recently spent two weeks in China as part of a cultural exchange programme.
The students were hosted by the University of Jinan in China’s Shandong province.
Highlights of the visit included a day trip to coastal city Qingdao, a trip to the Confucius Temple in Confucius’s hometown, Qufu, and a trek to the top of Mount Tai, one of China’s Five Great Mountains.
As part of their cultural exchange, the students took lessons in basic Chinese, calligraphy and painting, and Tai Chi, as well as finding out more about university life in China.
The students also met with representatives from the British Council, Scottish Development International and the Scottish Government to find out about the UK’s relationship with China.
Shaun Marrinan, a fourth year International Business student, said: "I applied for the China trip as it was a once in a lifetime chance to experience a new culture. I really enjoyed meeting the students and people from Jinan. It reminded me that young people are the same all over, interested in having fun, meeting new people and getting on with our studies, as well as travelling."
Ashleigh Lyons, a third year Forensic Investigations student, was keen to return to China: “China was immense, in every sense of the word. I've never been surrounded by so many people, learned so much or had so much fun in my life! I've come away from it with better knowledge of how life is over there, especially for students, better awareness of what China is doing both for itself and on the international stage, and with the urge to go back for more.”
Students from the University of Jinan will arrive in Glasgow in August to find out more about Scottish student life, and to take part in a cultural programme which will include a tour of the city, a bag-piping lesson and a day trip to the Isle of Bute.
Matte Anders, incoming President of GCU’s Student’s Association, was looking forward to seeing the students from Jinan again: “We were overwhelmed by the treatment we got. Everyone bonded really well, it couldn’t have gone any better. Since we left China there’s been a lot of Skyping and emailing going on – we’re excited to see each other again.”