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Semester in Beijing Program Expands Chinese-American Student’s Education
Amy Ng, earning BA in English Literature
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
How did you originally hear about the Semester in Beijing Program, and what made you pursue this study abroad program?
I had wanted to study abroad in China for a very long time, and when I saw the University of Colorado Denver Semester in Beijing program, I took a leap. The scholarship opportunities offered in the program were another major reason why I chose it. I had looked into other programs, but the cost of this one compared to the others was significantly more economic for me. This program had the combination of what I had already wanted to do and the opportunity to do it—that’s why I am in Beijing right now.
The alumni reunion was hosted on the fifth floor of the ICB building on March 26th, 2013, which was aimed at building a better understanding between alumni and seeking for more prospective students.
Senior ICB students in Denver, who entered the program in 2009, are excitedly awaiting their upcoming May graduation. Most of them have studied on the downtown Denver campus for two years. In 2011, the number of ICB students who came to Denver doubled the total number of Chinese students on the downtown Denver campus.
Also, as the new generation after 1990s, these students show more openness and acceptance to pioneer non-traditional academic areas, and try to follow with the multicultural American Zeitgeist.
Lingguang, an ICB alumna from the class of fall 2012, works as an intern for a Chinese investment company in Chengdu, Sichuan. In contrast with most Chinese students who plan their academic and career goals way into the future, Lingguang seeks out engaging experiences today that will benefit her personally and/or professionally tomorrow. And, since life is short, believes that students should avoid doing something that’s not of much interest to them. She hopes to gain more career knowledge and enjoy travel with friends during this, her Chinese Zodiac year.
Alexander Engau is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. And is currently teaching as a visiting faculty member at ICB in Beijing. Having published in a number of international academic journals, his research focuses on the theory and methodology of mathematical programming, optimization, and decision making with a particular interest in interior-point methods and semidefinite relaxations for combinatorial optimization. In his spare time Alexander keeps busy with music, sports, and exploring the outdoors.
by Wanyi Yang
Tibetans on pilgrimage to the Potala Palace with kowtow for every step A Cambridge University professor at large. An Australian volunteer from a special club. These are just a few of the images I bring back from my travel through 18 provinces, 67 cities, and 121 villages in Tibet and Nepal over the past five months.
by Lijia Lin
Note: Lijjie Lin, an ICB student in Beijing, accompanied a group of Christian volunteers to Yunnan province to observe the plight of displaced refugees from Kachin State in Myanmar (Burma). This underreported crisis is the product of a civil conflict between the military forces of Myanmar and the Kachin Independence Army since June 2011, when a 17-year cease-fire broke down. His reflections on what he saw follow. You can reach Lijia Lin at email@example.com. (Edited by R. Chaney.)
While on my way to the refugee camps, I first thought of my country’s apparent decision to pay scant attention to the refugees and the war. But when I actually visited the Qie Qieba refugee camp and witnessed the harsh conditions there –lack of medicine, children begging for something to eat, crowds gathered together to pray for peace – I wanted to punch the whole world.
by Lichao Sun
The gaokao is not just a simple entrance test for Chinese students and their families, which might determine their happiness for life, it’s also a huge investment in learning and studying that lasts years.
On April 27, 2013, ICB Economics students Jialin Cheng, Qiaoyue Liang, and Jiexin Yue took part in a tree-planting volunteer service activity in the Hayman burn area in the Front Range mountains southwest of Denver. University of Colorado Denver Honors and Leadership (UHL) program sponsored the planting, which turned out 36 students along with two parents and two supervisors.
by Lichao Sun
To celebrate the coming of spring, the ICB Club and Chinese Student & Scholar Association (CSSA) hosted a banquet for Chinese students and others interested in traditional Chinese cultures.