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Monday, August 12, 2013

2013 Swift Update - MBBS in China and Rockstardom!

It's been another busy year with lots of study and I've just finished a 4 week elective in a UK hospital during the Summer holiday. I very much enjoyed sharing a dorm with my good friend Harry from Myanmar for two years, but I thought now is time to get my own room. I now live just next to the campus in 24th penthouse apartment.
Also, my band has been playing more here. 
We played a large show recently.
And a smaller one too.
And this is us in Chinese Q Magazine.

and our new EP!

Zhejiang University to Open London Campus in BBC Television Centre

Chinese university in talks to open UK campus at former BBC site


One of China's top universities is in talks to open a campus at the former site of the BBC in London in the latest push to extend Chinese influence across the globe.


Zhejiang University has signed an agreement with Imperial College London that could see it become a major partner in a new seven-acre site in White City.
The site, which was previously owned by the BBC, will boast a £150 million research centre for as many as 3,000 scientists, according to Imperial College.
While Zhejiang is the first Chinese university to move to set up a campus overseas, others are likely to soon follow suit.

"China will support and help its universities to go out and internationalise," said Zhang Xiuqin, the director of the department of International Cooperation and Exchanges at China's Education ministry.
She added that Zhejiang University's foreign campus would be a "valuable step" that would pave the way for other institutions. Xiamen University has also recently announced that it will set up a campus in Malaysia.
For the Chinese government, a university campus in a foreign country is another step in its campaign to extend Chinese influence and fight the perception that China's rise is a threat to the West.
"Higher education will certainly be at the vanguard of such soft power efforts and it is intriguing to see two such ventures announced in quick succession," noted Michael Gow on his blog about Chinese higher education, thedaxue.org.
Last week, Sir Keith O'Nions, the president and rector of Imperial College, visited Hangzhou to sign a non-binding agreement to discuss the new campus.
However, in a sign of how seriously China is taking the project, he was greeted not only by the various heads of Zhejiang University, but also by a phalanx of senior Chinese leaders, including the governor and vice governor of Zhejiang province, and a vice minister of education.
The news was instantly published by Xinhua, the national news agency, and appeared on Chinese television news bulletins.
The precise details of the project are still to be fixed and the agreement is so far non-binding, said a spokesman for Imperial.
However, Song Yonghua, the executive vice president of Zhejiang University, said he was keen to establish a joint laboratory where Imperial College and Zhejiang students could collaborate.
For Zhejiang University, a London campus would hugely boost its standing in China and potentially allow it to reap more government grants.
Imperial College, meanwhile, is looking to raise funds for the new site but declined to disclose how much it is seeking.
Based in the eastern city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang University has around 44,000 students, of whom around half are post-graduates.
As one of China's top five universities, Zhejiang already wins handsome funding from the government for its science and technology research.
Between 2006 to 2011, the Chinese government handed out over 200 billion yuan (£20 billion) in funding to its elite universities for scientific research.
However, a collaboration with Imperial would help it to boost its research ranking and possibly persuade the Chinese government to divert more funds its way.
Last year, Cambridge university accepted £3.7 million for a new chair of Chinese Development at a new Centre of Development Studies from a organisation called the Chong Hua Foundation.
The official Cambridge announcement on the donation said that the foundation "is focused on advancing education for the benefit of the People's Republic of China".

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

This is me and my post rock band playing the music festival on on Peach Flower Island Beach off China.

On the boat with the bass player and drummer from the band.
 


Friday, August 31, 2012

Summer 2012

Wow! It has been a massively massive long long time that I haven't written on this blog, but to be honest I couldn't be bothered, and I've been really busy. I finished my second year of the English medium MBBS at Zhejiang University. I was awarded a scholarship of 700 GBP for being in the top three. That is the maximum scholarship they are giving out this year, and last year. I asked the international office and they said it might go up next year, but they do not know for sure. I also transfered to the Chinese language medical program. This is not because there is anything wrong with the English medium MBBS, but eversince coming to China I always wanted to study in Chinese in order to improve my Chinese. On the downside, this means I won't graduate until 2017 - swings and roundabouts!

I stayed here over the Summer to prepare for the Chinese course and earn some money for the tuition fees. I have had a really really busy Summer. I have been doing IELTS examining, teaching a class of 8 year olds; I was in an experimental drama in the Zhejiang Art Gallery; my post rock band went on tour (paid) and played a beach festival on peach flower island; I atteneded research labs in the anatomy department here; I gave a speech in the brand new stadium here in Zhejiang Universitiy's Zijingang campus for the new students (7000 of them)  and, oh yes, my parents came to visit.

This is a video of the ceremony in the new indoor olympic size sports stadium for the new students. If you look very closely, you can see me:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDQzNDg3ODg4.html

Wow! It has been a massively massive long long time that I haven't written on this blog, but to be honest I couldn't be bothered, and I've been really busy. I finished my second year of the English medium MBBS at Zhejiang University. I was awarded a scholarship of 700 GBP for being in the top three. That is the maximum scholarship they are giving out this year, and last year. I asked the international office and they said it might go up next year, but they do not know for sure. I also transfered to the Chinese language medical program. This is not because there is anything wrong with the English medium MBBS, but eversince coming to China I always wanted to study in Chinese in order to improve my Chinese. On the downside, this means I won't graduate until 2017 - swings and roundabouts!

I stayed here over the Summer to prepare for the Chinese course and earn some money for the tuition fees. I have had a really really busy Summer. I have been doing IELTS examining, teaching a class of 8 year olds; I was in an experimental drama in the Zhejiang Art Gallery; my post rock band went on tour (paid) and played a beach festival on peach flower island; I atteneded research labs in the anatomy department here; I gave a speech in the brand new stadium here in Zhejiang Universitiy's Zijingang campus for the new students (7000 of them)  and, oh yes, my parents came to visit.

I will post pictures of these events in the next few posts, if that makes sense!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

This is a video of my band. It's an all female Chinese band, apart from me of course!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Direct Apps - Pay Attention!!!

If you apply to Zhejiang directly, your tuition fee will be more than 38000 RMB per year every year. If you send your application to me, the fee will be just over 34000 RMB. There is a service fee for this of 1000 GBP, but this is not paid until after you have an offer and it includes getting picked up and being driven around with a translator for the first few days here.

A few students came to me last year after they had applied directly and asked if I could get the cheaper fees, but I cannot do anything once the application has gone in. The initial application has to come through me.