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SUSTech’s global reach: Polish International Education Fair
    2018-03-14  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

Matthew Jellick

The snow fell from the eastern sky, a dizzying display of linen white landing softly upon the ground, cold as it was beautiful, painting the landscape of Warsaw into a dreamlike state. I was in Poland on behalf of the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) along with two other colleagues, Dr. Liu from the Department of Computer Science and Dr. Yung from the Physics Department. We were attending the Polish International Education Fair, an annual exposition that attracts local students and colleges, as well as a few international universities such as SUSTech.

Last year I had the opportunity to go on a similar trip to Cambodia, in an effort to recruit international students for my university’s undergraduate programs. As is the case with the global finance and industry sectors, be they in Shenzhen, Phnom Penh or Warsaw, the internalization of staff, the mixture of ideas, and the conflux of cultures all go to create a dynamic workplace where everyone thrives, irrespective of where they come from. Similarly, these practices are replicated on campuses across the globe, the university acting as a microcosm of the larger world, where distances between countries are mitigated by growing technologies and changing ideologies.

China understands the benefits of international learning, and platforms like the Polish International Education Fair offer a perfect opportunity for our university to share these prospects with students who are interested in performing on a global stage.

As an international educator myself, who has taught on four different continents, I have seen firsthand the value of multiethnic dynamics within the classroom. For my students too, when the percentages of homogeneousness are decreased in favor of multiculturalism, it offers them lessons that can never be found in any textbook, challenging preconceived notions while at the same time bolstering cross-cultural competence.

With every passing semester, faculty and researchers at SUSTech continue to be hired from different countries around the globe, and through recruitment fairs such as the one in Poland, we are trying to mirror these numbers with an increase in our international student admission.

My educational experience on the European continent dates back to 2000, when I was completing a study-abroad program in Paris. In the nearly 18 years since, much has changed with respect to the European identity, from infrastructure to economy. Yet what remains the same, irrespective of location, is students’ desire for learning, and the collective knowledge that an education will create future opportunities across the globe. My experiences studying in France certainly played a part in my decision to teach in China, learning then what I practice now: That education is lifelong and worldwide!

Warsaw is rich in history, renowned in the arts, and as I happily found out, almost unmatched in cuisine. It was an honor to visit and represent not only my university, but also Shenzhen, with its ceaseless economy, entrepreneurial spirit and expanding education.

I am grateful for those three days at the Polish International Education Fair when I was able to act as a bridge between these two incredible cities and hoping that there are students who soon make the educational decision to follow my global footprints from eastern Europe to East Asia.

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