Полоцкий государственный университет

Polotsk
State
University

On July 3-17, 2018 the 4th Summer Science and Technology Camp session took place at Northeastern University (Shenyang, China). The Directorate General of the Confucius Institutes / Hanban (Beijing, PRC) conducted the recruitment of participants among the students of the Chinese language courses in Belarus.

The students and employees of Polotsk State University, as well as the residents of Polotsk and Novopolotsk who had successfully been studying during the first year of training in the Chinese language courses at Confucius Centre (PSU), took part in the summer camp.

Quite a busy program was prepared for them in Shenyang and Beijing:

  • Studying and passing the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK);
  • A visit to the leading IT-corporation of China NEUSOFT, to the High Technologies Park of the NEUNN University, to Benxi water caves, to Iheyuen Park in Beijing, to the Great Wall of China;
  • Acquaintance with local traditions, customs and Chinese cuisine.

Lessons at the summer camp

32 people from Belarus went to China and five of them were students of the Chinese language courses at Polotsk State University.

The students of the Chinese language courses

Ivan Skopyuk, a 1st-year student of the Faculty of Finance and Economics: "China is a country that I could only dream of visiting five years ago. It requires much determination to overcome your fear, to decide to fly and learn the language for 3-6 hours every day on the other side of the world.

Ivan Skopyuk

I am a 1st-year student and I have been studying Chinese for only 6 months. It was not easy for me to decide on such a trip to China, to adapt to the environment there, to improve my communication skills. It was difficult to start learning new material, but it was interesting and useful for self-development. I knew for sure that this would come in handy in my profession.

The cultural program of our trip was very entertaining: climbing the Great Wall of China was hard, but still surmountable; the visit to NEUSOFT, a multinational supplier of various technologies, medical equipment and goods ranging from watches up to the machines, was quite informative; the excursion to Iheyuan Park was stunning, for its breathtaking views and various places to relax.

Great Wall of China

If you are thinking about learning Chinese and visiting China, do not even doubt about it. Start learning the language, culture, traditions and be sure to visit this country: first, for personal growth; second, you will have strong emotions and feelings; third, nowadays, it is important to know several languages for an economist. For the future professional development and due to the economic policies of the Republic of Belarus and the People's Republic of China, it is important to keep pace with our country. And our alma mater will help us! "

Irina Shipko
Photos provided by Ivan Skopyuk