Yang Ming

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.”


A bit of background on Yang for our multi-lingual readers:

我在巴黎政治学院读硕士,专业是传播。在这之前我在上海上大学。
巴黎的学生生活和上海的完全不一样:某一些方面好过上海,然而在
另一些方面却不如上海。但是不管怎样,这两个城市的生活完全不一
。下面是我眼中的中国学生在巴黎的

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