Frequent contributor Rachel Dares had more from Chinese students’ perspective on life in France in the autumn edition of Carnet Atlantique. In this Q&A, she interviews Yang Ming, a Xuzhou native now studying communications at Sciences Po in Paris. Check it out:
“What are the biggest differences between student life in France and China?
I would say that in France, as in many western countries, independence and autonomy are very much expected from the students, which is much less the case in China. For instance, in Sciences Po, a lot of topics and projects are very large – for example, a project on the controversial exploitation of shale gas – and students are expected to do all the documentary research themselves, to find an interesting angle and to finalize the project in a presentable way. Here, students have to take a lot of initiative. In China, generally speaking, a lot of guidelines are provided and students are simply expected to follow them.”
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