Connecting BU with Taiwan

Posted on 22. Oct, 2012 by in Issue 14 April 2012

6,117 miles in under eight seconds

BU students led by The Media School ran the first of a series of online cultural exchanges with Yilan Senior High School in Taiwan. The ground-breaking two-hour video conference in January explored both countries’ cultural perspectives on various topics. Subjects included: education systems, teenage and everyday culture, food and drink, scenic spots followed by a question and answer session. The exchange finalised with a ‘friendly competition’ to decide Best Presenter, Best Content and Most Creative Prize.

Networking with colleagues across the world

Networking with colleagues across
the world

This student-led initiative, supported by Oriental Culture Educational Society, BU Language Centre, and the Centre for Global Perspectives highlighted the importance of gaining and maintaining global networks, the challenges of international communications and the perceptions on both sides of a stereo-typed culture. Interesting questions from the Taiwanese side included ‘Is Hogwarts real?’ as well as questions about the weather and hours of study. BU students explored food and
educational themes to gain further insight into Taiwanese lifestyles.

This student-led initiative, supported by Oriental Culture Educational Society, BU Language Centre, and the Centre for Global Perspectives highlighted the importance of gaining and maintaining global networks, the challenges of international communications and the perceptions on both sides of a stereo-typed culture. Interesting questions from the Taiwanese side included ‘Is Hogwarts real?’ as well as questions about the weather and hours of study. BU students explored food and educational themes to gain further insight into Taiwanese lifestyles.

MA student, Fabrice Mpolo, reflected “This was a worthwhile experience. Coming to BU from the Cameroon was really a good choice and I have had excellent opportunities for great learning experiences and activities such as this. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned from this, it will be a good addition to my CV”.

Yilan’s Lecturer Zhi-Han Jian commented that his students “felt such positive sentiment after the event and that the Dean, Mr Zhou, could feel the BU friendliness and look forward to further the institutional relationship online”.

Steph Allen, International Partnership Coordinator from The Media School who is organising the events between the students and institutions confirmed that this has been a great success. “Once again, The Media School students along with the Business School have been leading the way. They have shown great foresight and acknowledged the benefits of networking with colleagues across the world both in terms of friendship but also professional association”.

Video conferencing offers a sustainable way to share and develop cultural learning and sensitivity; further global connections will be made over the coming months.

For further details contact:
Steph Allen stephaniea@bournemouth.ac.uk
or Chris Shiel cshiel@bournemouth.ac.uk

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