Binzhou Advanced Technology High School

New schoolyear

On 1 September 2020 we joined the opening event of the new schoolyear in the Binzhou Advanced Technology High School. See earlier post.

We left very early in the morning for the school, 7 a.m. (no breakfast), crossing once more the Yellow River.
In the large auditorium we joined the official event. There were several speeches, also one by myself as chairman of the board.

I then handed out the signed notebooks to the over 90 students, one by one, and taking a picture with each.
We later went to four classes where me and Dasha talked with the students. Dasha is a young lady from Belarus who works for UWEE and speaks fluent Chinese. We communicated mostly in Chinese as the students just started and their English is still very elementary. Many of the students plan to study abroad after graduation.

My short speech for the event

“I am happy to be here with you today for this important event.
It is my 4th visit to Binzhou. I am impressed by the quality and diversity of Binzhou’s education facilities, the elementary and middle schools, the universities, the vocational schools and professional training facilities.
Yesterday I talked about the challenges China and the world are facing, and the difficulties for all of us.
China has become a world power but it needs to face the challenges and become stronger and better. China needs well educated young people, who can make the bridge between China and the world.
I am sure this beautiful campus will give you the means to become international pioneers.
Study well and make China greater!”

Another tour of the school facilities

Workers were still installing air conditioners in the dormitories of the students.
The campus has a soccer field, running track and other sports facilities. There is a room for dancing and a large indoor hall for basketball and other, with showers and changing rooms.
Lunch was in the canteen where we approved the food served to the students and staff.

The pictures give a good idea about the quality of the installation, see also the previous post. Pretty impressive! We wish UWEE success with the operation and we hope next years to have over 1,000 students!

In the afternoon we drove back crossing the Yellow River and had a rest in the hotel; in the evening other program, will be in another post!

Schools in Shandong Binzhou

A busy 31 August 2020

This is the second article about our visit, exploring the schools in Shandong Binzhou.
We left the hotel in the early morning, crossed the Yellow River to first visit the Binzhou High-tech Zone Experimental School. It is a elementary boarding school set up in 2005. with 900 students. Seven years of education for students 6 to 14 years old.

See the pictures of the class rooms, the dormitories, the sport facilities, the canteen and also the art work done by the students. The installation is very modern and clean, a high standard really.
We met with the school board for the presentation of the school.

We then left for Binzhou Advanced Technology High School, where the students of the elementary school can continue their studies.

Binzhou Advanced Technology High School

See the pictures of our visit: the campus, dormitories, sports facilities, canteen, classes. We had a very nice lunch in a private room in the canteen.

The school, affiliated to UWEE, is a double-track-system school. They are aiming to strive for excellence and it is their responsibility to foster global-minded talents with an international perspective to implement the Belt & Road Initiative. The goal is to build a strong foundation on the basis of an education system of college entrance examination in China, while meeting the standard of international education, to truly achieve a seamless transition to prepare the students to be ready for the world from diversified and individualized learning and practices. English courses will be an important part, among other languages.

The school now has only 90 students, it just started operation in June 2020 and of course the virus made it all more complicated. The goal for next year is 2000 students.

The buildings are owned by the government who contributed 80% of the investment; the school is managed and operated by UWEE. It plans to have 30 foreign teachers, a few have started already.
Students pay some RMB 38,000 per year; UWEE pays RMB 8,000 per student to the government.

If anybody is interested to send students, give me a sign and Ms. Dasha of UWEE will provide all information. She works with the school and is also a great interpreter; from Belarus. You can see her in the pictures.

After the lunch we had the seminar, with several speeches. I gave the following speech:

200831 Binzhou_speech

I was a bit worried how my words would be received but the feedback was very positive, they basically agreed with me…
I then had to sign more than 90 notebooks for the students, to be given out the next day.

Lamb dinner in the city

In the evening we had dinner in a local restaurant, see the pics.

No health checks, mostly no masks… all very relaxed.

Trip to Shandong Binzhou

Another visit of Binzhou

We had another trip to Shandong Binzhou, leaving Beijing on 30 August and back home in Beijing on 2 September 2020. I have been there several times, the city is very modern and well managed, with a wide range of educational facilities as reported earlier.

I was a bit nervous to travel with all the COVID-19 issues but all went well, no problems with the Health App, no problem checking into the hotel in Binzhou, Guiyuan Hotel. Nice suite, of course zero English or foreign TV channels. At one time the hotel was completely full.

We drove by car, it took nearly 5 hours and about 4 hours back, thanks to the excellent driver Mark Geng of UWEE! See our usual stop on the highway, the fast-food where we bought our snack for the trip. We were also lucky returning to Beijing, it took some minutes to pass the control post on the Tianjin – Beijing highway.

The trip was organized by UWEE to participate in the Belt and Road International Talent Base Project Construction Seminar. I participated as the Chairman of the SAFEA Foreign Experts team, see here.
We were received by several departments: Binzhou United Front Work Department, Binzhou Foreign Affairs Bureau, Binzhou Beijing office, and Binzhou International Talent Exchange Association.
Organizer: Binzhou Advanced Technology High School; co organizers: Binzhou Medical College, Binzhou College, Binzhou Vocational College.

More details to come!

A sumptuous banquet

On our arrival we were treated by the local government to a sumptuous banquet with an immense amount of dishes. Baijiu and red wine flowed freely and one lady was an experienced drinker…

The banquet room had an interesting acoustics, allowing to hear the other participants on the other side of the huge table.
For those not familiar with those banquets, the pictures are educative… It was delicious! Hungry!

Interview posted on YouTube

Interview done in Beijing on 7 July 2020 in view of my appointment as chairman of the board of directors of Binzhou Advanced Technology High School. Location: Morel’s Restaurant. (Need VPN in China)

Seven questions interview

In my Beijing office

On 13 September 2020 I had a “Seven questions interview” in my office by a crew of Shenzhou Magazine.

 

The 7 questions submitted: 200913 interview_questions

I had to show and explain my “picture wall” in the office and show some of my photo picture albums. Some of the pics in the video show scenes shot in December 1980 in Changchun, and pictures of my office in the Beijing Hotel in the early eighties.
The video of the interview came out a bit later, very professional but of course with the usual clever editing removing any comments that could sound “negative”. Still well done. See further.

Entities involved:

中国产学研合作促进会
China Industry-University-Research Institute Collaboration Association
website: http://www.ciur.org.cn/
Weixin ID: ciur-china

《神州》杂志是由中国文学艺术界联合会主管、中国通俗文学研究会主办的国内外公开发行的中央大型文化新闻类旬刊。
“Shenzhou” magazine is a large-scale central cultural news magazine issued at home and abroad, hosted by the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles and sponsored by the China Popular Literature Research Association.
Weixin ID: szmag09

Interview posted

The video is on the “新创视点”public account (“New Point of View”), link:
https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/9zbqv7TC3jd4EHwEoD9gXw

See here the Chinese text and an approximate translation: 200913 interview_posted

You can watch the complete video here: https://youtu.be/H4Ghb2w3JK4
(need VPN in China)

Zhejiang Yuexiu University

UWEE BRITF in Shaoxing

On 20 April I left for Zhejiang Yuexiu University in Shaoxing, Zhejiang, along with William Spiers and David Li (UWEE). See about BRITF here.

After landing in Hangzhou a car brought us to the very large and impressive campus where we stayed in the model hotel and restaurant, operated by the students of YIHA (Yuexiu Institute of Hospitality Administration), located within Zhejiang Yuexiu University of Foreign Languages, 2801 Qunxian Road, Yuecheng District, Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province.

We had breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Milan Restaurant, and coffee in the coffeeshop. We had the opportunity to taste a variety of dishes, and coffee. All very well done by the student staff! We gave them feedback also on how to improve some details. The menus are all hand-made… Cute…

About the university

Zhejiang Yuexiu University of Foreign languages is financed by a private Chinese biomedical group that also runs some five-star hotels (Marriott and other).
It has two campuses, this is the new one, with 10,000 students, the other campus counts 7,000 students.
It is a brand-new campus with modern buildings, state of the art class rooms, very modern, integrated microphone system, many screens.

It includes YIHA, YueXiu Institute of Hospitality Administration, 1200 students. It offers two undergraduate International Bachelor Degree programs: International Hospitality Management and International Events Management. Tuition fee would be about RMB 20,000 per year. Dormitory cost some RMB 4,000 per year. Total of four years. Extensive internships included.

See their introduction: YIHA Standard PresentationIPAD

The Library

We visited the impressive Library building with all possible facilities, see the pictures. We wondered if any university in Europe could boast having something similar.

Later on I donated my two books to the library.

The seminar

On 21 April Easter Sunday we first met the dean of YIHA, Georges Ubbelohde (from Belgium!).
The International Seminar on Internationalization and localization of Event Education invited dozens of universities and colleges event management leaders from all around the country to discuss ways to promote the development of event education in China so as to nurture more international event professionals.
Seminar was followed by a group photo in front of the Library.
Organized by: Zhejiang Convention and Exhibition Association; Zhejiang Oriental Convention and Exhibition Industry Research Institute; Zhejiang Yuexiu University of Foreign Languages.

Keynote speeches:

– William Spiers: “Internationalisation & Localisation of Exhibition Education – INTERNATIONAL VISIONS AND FEELINGS”
– Gilbert Van Kerckhove: ” International Exhibitions – Do’s and Don’t”

We later had lunch in the university canteen, huge and so clean.
In the afternoon we were given a tour of the library and campus, with Evelyn (Hangzhou), Holy and Chen. In the rain. The campus also has several shops and small restaurants.

Sightseeing

We were spoiled by our two guides who took us around Shaoxing City on Monday 22 April. We learned they were selected after a competition involving some 100 candidates. Impressive, flattering…
First came Shen’s Garden, with a history of over 800 years. Known for the love story of Lu You and Tang Wan.
Later Lu Xun hometown, his birth place and home.
Later I will post more pics of the sightseeing part.
After lunch in a local restaurant we walked around and had a boat trip.

After our return to our hotel we had coffee and met a Chinese lady author,  Fiona  who was introducing her book about coaching.
To close the day we had a great dinner in Shaoxing CBD, SIJIFENGQING XUNWEI Restaurant.