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【新“客家”洋人群英会】Overseas students in GD: If I have the chances, I'd like to come back留学生萌妹纸:如果有机会,我还想再来广东

2018-Oct-18       Source: Newsgd.com

Picture this: students from China, Japan and South Korea are in the same classroom, exchanging cultures and discussing the situation in East Asia freely switching between Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Moe Yamahara,from Japan, is one of the oversea students in Guangdong.(By Zheng Yijian,Nanfang+ APP)

Kim Sojeong, from Korea.(By Zheng Yijian,Nanfang+ APP)

Picture this: students from China, Japan and South Korea are in the same classroom, exchanging cultures and discussing the situation in East Asia freely switching between Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Moe Yamahara, from Japan, and Kim Sojeong, from Korea, spent the past whole year attending such classes in Guangdong.

Yamahara from Japan, is a very bashful cute girl, always covers her mouth when smiling. Kim is from South Korea, whose eyes are like the crescent moon, her whole face lighting up when smiling. They all came to Guangzhou last year on the CAMPUS Asia project at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS).

Over the past few years, this program has allowed countless students like them to study in Guangdong.

According to statistics released by the Ministry of Education, there were 489,200 overseas students studying in colleges and universities in China in 2017. The growth rate has kept above 10% for two consecutive years, and Guangdong is one of the main provinces receiving overseas students.

Text by Nan

Edited by Olivia & Simon


Mobile campus and solid study

CAMPUS Asia, is an educational exchange program led by the governments of China, Japan and South Korea. The project in GDUFS marks a new mode of transnational education, joint operated by GDUFS, Dongseo University in South Korea and Ritsumeikan University in Japan.

It is not so easy to win a place on the program. Yamahara and Kim took part in a very strict selection process. Having passed the arduous selection process, they then have to face the daunting prospect of a heavy workload and many specialized after-school projects during the program.

To take part students must be proficient in Chinese, Japanese, Korean and English, but are also required "to see many regional problems through the perspective of East Asia, have a deep appreciation of the constantly changing situation in East Asia, and even be prepared to participate in international competition and governance".

Yamahara and Kim have had an adventure at GDUFS for the past year. Kim was full of praise for the learning experience this year: “If time and funds allow, I still want to study here, because GDUFS is great, and the quality of the education is good."

 

Breaking through the stereotypes

"The food is so delicious" "I especially love Cantonese food" " My favorite is morning tea"...Talking about their life in Guangdong in the past one year, Yamahara and Kim were so excited. For them, the year was not only about studying, but also finding chances to relax and experience local life, enjoy the local cuisine, visit Shenzhen, try out flower arrangement, and much more. For both of them, it was an experience that broke through their stereotypes of Guangzhou.

Both Yamahara and Kim decided to participate in the CAMPUS Asia project because of their interest in Chinese culture. But there were many concerns before they came, such as afraid of failing to adapt to the tropical climate, bad air quality and sensitive international relations being a factor when meeting others. All concerns disappeared when they arrived in Guangzhou.

Kim said all people here have been welcoming, and there are many international students who happily chat in Chinese or English. Yamahara said that she enjoyed hiking with classmates at the nearby Baiyun Mountain, and that air quality is good, nowhere near as bad as rumored.


你能想象这样的课堂吗?中日韩三国的学生同处一室,用中文、日文、韩文自由切换交流东亚文化、讨论东亚局势和合作。在广东,来自日本的山原萌和来自韩国的金昭玎就是在这样的课堂上度过了过去的一年。

日本萌妹子山原很腼腆,一害羞就爱捂嘴笑。金昭玎是韩国妹纸,笑起来眼睛弯弯的,很有感染力。她们都是去年跟随“亚洲校园”计划来到广州求学。

广外“亚洲校园”计划让无数像她们这样的学子,从日本韩国飞来,齐聚广东。

据教育部统计,2017年共有48.92万名外国留学生在我国高等院校学习,规模增速连续两年保持在10%以上,其中广东为主要接收省份之一。

流动的校园,扎实的学习

广东外语外贸大学“亚洲校园”是广东外语外贸大学(中国广州)、东西大学(韩国釜山)、立命馆大学(日本京都)三所大学共同运营的,由双边向多边发展的跨国联合办学新模式。这是由中日韩三国政府主导、自上而下达成的教育交流计划。

想加入这个计划,也不是那么容易的。山原萌和金昭玎都是通过非常严格的选拔才加入到这个计划中。就算顺利通过选拔,也不代表他们能高枕无忧。山原萌和金昭玎要面对繁重的课业以及课后项目安排的诸多实习实践。

在这个项目中,她们必须熟练掌握中文、日文、韩文和英文四门语言,同时还要求“能站在东亚的角度洞察东亚地域诸多问题,对不断变化发展的东亚局势有高度理解能力,甚至能参与国际竞争与治理”。

这也让山原萌和金昭玎在广外的这一年过得特别充实。金昭玎在接受采访时对这一年的学习经历赞不绝口:“如果有时间有钱的话,我还想再来学习,因为广外特别棒,教育也很好。”

打破对中国的刻板印象

“吃到的东西都很好吃”“广东的美食特别喜欢”“我最喜欢的是早茶”……谈到在广外这一年的生活,山原萌和金昭玎变得特别兴奋。对她们来说,充实的一年,不仅包括繁忙的学业,也还有丰富的生活。

在广州的一年,因为繁重的课业,她们并没有太多的时间出去逛街,但小女生总能找到自我放松和体验本地的机会,例如品尝广州美食、感受深圳城市的发展、亲手体验插花的快乐……对她俩来说,来广州,就是一次打破刻板印象的体验之旅。

山原萌和金昭玎都是出于对中国文化的兴趣才决定参与亚洲校园计划,但在来之前都顾虑重重——担心不适应气候,担心空气不好,担心会因为敏感的国际关系而受影响。来到广州,这些顾虑都消散了。

金昭玎说,这里的人都很好,也有很多留学生,大家用中文或者英文聊天,特别开心。山原萌则表示,因为学校靠近白云山,她偶尔会跟同学相约去爬山,这边的空气也很好,完全不是传言中的那么糟。

 

采写:胡南

图片:郑一见(南方+记者)

编辑:欧阳妍

Editor: Nan

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