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A culturally rich and unforgettable experience in China
A culturally rich and unforgettable experience in China
by admin - Sep 16, 2022

My name is Muhammad Adnan. I am from KPK, Pakistan one of the richest areas in natural resources but also one of the most deprived areas regarding facilities. Pakistan and China have been close friends for many years. Such long-standing relationship has been beneficial for both sides. Pak-China ties have been described as higher than the Himalayas, deeper than the oceans, stronger than steel, dearer than the eyesight, and sweeter than honey. The foundation of this bilateral relationship is a shared commitment to uphold and advance common interests and values. I was pleased and very satisfied after being selected for the Belt and Road Master Fellowship Programme (BRI) award. Now, I live in China. In August 2019, I became a master’s student at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), a big stepping stone toward a brighter future. I spent my first year at UCAS learning Chinese language and coursework before I joined my research team at the Institute of Geochemistry CAS. My stay at UCAS was an incredible time of my life. Chinese language and culture were prerequisites for my degree. The Chinese language makes me smarter and my life more entertaining. These courses helped me a lot to improve my language skills and to compete in professional life as well as student life. My seeing Chinese students going to classes early in the morning was an enjoyable moment. I learnt from them that early risers enjoys their life.UCAS is the name of nature (as well as Nature Index), which provides all research facilities with a clean environment and many more. UCAS enabled me to enjoy life through friendship, literature, intelligence, and technology. And for a nation as a whole, education sharpens a nation's hard, soft, and meta-skills to achieve a sustainable economy. That's why China is going through the way of a great nation. Looking and observing keenly, I know that UCAS has played a key role in science and technology for the last few years. I joined my research group in July 2020 at the Institute of Geochemistry CAS. It was really exciting to meet my professor Xiao Baohua for the first time on that Monday morning.  My senior was also there during the meeting. Then we had a regular meeting weekly, and this meeting was a turning point and milestone for my research. The meeting was not just about asking questions but also motivating us for innovation. When I discussed my research article with my professor, he just said that Research means “thinking about thinking”. Be a professional writer! Once you have successfully published your novel work, other researchers will happily read your work, and that will be your uniqueness. Without a doubt, these were crucial factors for making me a professional in my research. All these motivations allow me to express my ideas productively. In the end, he mentioned that one could become successful if one remains consistent with one’s work. In terms of science and technology in UCAS, there are multiple platforms available where you can learn about a particular thing. This process will definitely make you a good researcher because practice makes  perfect. I could feel that motivation in the process of learning and acquiring skills, values, morals, beliefs, and personal development.Morality, upbringing, ,quality, etc. make up a culture. Culture is the identity of an individual or nation, and China provides her culture and language to us. Language plays an important role in cross-culture communication. The central point is not culture but the imbalance in man’s personality. I have been with my Professor for the last three years. He often teaches me the principle of Chinese culture. In my eyes, he is a kind and traditional Chinese man full of wisdom. I am so fortunate to have such a kind Professor. I deeply enjoyed close and friendly relations with my Professor and Chinese friends.Aside from that, I went out to get knowledge from different places, including Beijing for the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, Xi’an for the Terracotta Warriors and Horsesi, Guizhou, Xinjiang for its unique natural beauty, etc. In China, It's very important to do some homework before visiting a great cultural spot. During my visit to Terracotta Army (Terracotta Warriors and Horses), I was impressed by the work of Qin dynasty, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also known to many as one of the eight wonders in the world. As the old and well-known saying goes, "If you want to know more about China well, you should go to Terracotta Warriors and Horses to feel something splendid". My experience at the Great Wall will also stick with me forever. As a proverb goes, "He who does not reach the Great Wall is not a true man." To be a "Hero", I faced the scorching sun and arrived at the Great Wall's lofty. It struck me that Chinese culture has a long history and has been splendid for over 5000 years.Success takes many forms. But a person is truly successful when he begins to contribute to the society. To be more specific, I propose a new definition of success: Success is the satisfaction and excitement that people get when they do something they really want to do. Life is not a race. Rather, it’s a playground to radiate your uniqueness.Education is not negligible for every human being. China plays an important role in providing practical assistance to international students worldwide. Gratitude comes from the heart and urges to give back. Thanks to my teachers for their rich teaching experience and persuasive teaching methods have allowed me to make a huge leap in my grade and finally got a PhD admission under ANSO (Alliance of International Science Organizations). Now, I can continue to work hard and win glory for UCAS. Finally, I would like to thank China for the care, unwavering love, assistance, resources, and so many others provided to international students like me. A special thanks goes to Professor Xiao Baohua, UCAS, CAS, BRI, ANSO, Institute of Geochemistry, and International College for helping me, and I hope that China will be prosperous and move forward step by step.

A Thousand Miles Together--Celebrations on Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival & Teacher’s Day
A Thousand Miles Together--Celebrations on Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival & Teacher’s Day
by admin - Sep 14, 2022

On September 10th, 2022, Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival as well as Teachers’ Day was celebrated as a double festivals day. Associate Professor Cao Zhihong(曹志红), teacher of ‘China Panorama’ course at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China led a joint activity done by Chinese and international students of UCAS to appreciate and understand the Chinese traditions. Students on this day recited poems related to the Moon, shared some knowledge about the Mid-autumn (moon cake) festival, valued the culture via dancing and singing, and sent paired blessings for a Mid-Autumn Festival and for Teachers’ Day. Teachers and students had a great and memorable time on this day.

Traditional Festivals in the Eyes of International Students ——中秋节
Traditional Festivals in the Eyes of International Students ——中秋节
by admin - Sep 10, 2022

    Those people do not have knowledge about Mid-Autumn Festival, so they do not feel the real taste of Chinese culture, which has a long history. Culture is created by language. Ancient Chinese culture was similar to the present one, but they just changed the traditional Chinese characters(繁体字) into simplified Chinese characters(简体字). This term has given us another view of culture and activity. When we have activity-based learning, it becomes outcome-based one. Here, I provide an example: writing and speaking are activities when learning Chinese language; reading is also an activity, but it is only a part of learning.    Similarly, when we want to learn about a new culture, we need an environment, and then we participate in cultural activities to learn and adjust ourselves. It’s good that China has its inclusive culture, and everyone will feel very comfortable with it once following it. A society can’t thrive if it attaches itself strongly to only its own culture and shuts doors to other cultures. But the good thing is that China, especially UCAS, provides a friendly environment to participate in Chinese cultural activities and share various culture with national and international students. Such activities give us many opportunities, regarding social gatherings and so.    In advance, telling this to Newcomers, I strongly suggest to all of you to actively participate in different activities in UCAS, especially pay attention to compulsory courses very helpful for learning Chinese language and culture. Everyone will easily understand the importance of language, culture, and the environment. And it will become essential and helpful for everyone during their stay in China. In the current world, UCAS also taught how Newcomers would fit into their culture. And we all have a common desire to learn about Chinese traditional culture. At UCAS, International Students spend much of their time and energy in activities concerning Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinese New Year, and many others. Those activities give us more spirit and provide a friendly environment to improve our understanding of Chinese language and culture very well.The mid-autumn festival is here; we should learn more about it.    Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节 zhōng qiū jié) is also called the Moon Cake Festival or the Moon Festival. We all have an impression of the this traditional festival, but we may know less about it. The Origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival    Only a few people can tell the source of it. The Mid-Autumn Festival originated over 3000 years ago. It was popularized during the Han dynasty(汉朝). Mid-Autumn Festival has a long historywith various autumn seasonal customs, most of which have ancient origins.    The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th month in Chinese lunar calendar. But in the Gregorian calendar, the date of the Mid-Autumn Festival changes every year, usually distributed between the early September and earlyOctober.    Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated in many Asian countries, but in China, it is the second most important Chinese festival after the Chinese New Year. Chinese people have a three-day holiday for this.Mid-Autumn Festival Activates and Significance     Mid-Autumn Festival probably began as a harvest festival. Worshiping the moon has gradually evolved into activities like watching and singing about the moon as one of folk festivals' significant rituals and customs. The full moon symbolizes the reunion of people, comforting those who miss their hometowns and their loved ones. There are many customs and forms of the Mid-Autumn Festival, but the most influential one is probably, "Chang'e flying to the moon(嫦娥奔月 Cháng É bēnyuè) ", a myth and legend in ancient China.    The story of "Chang'e flying to the Moon" tells us that no matter what we do, we must care about others, and only such a family will be full of justice. It symbolizes the yearning for a lovely reunion and a happy life shared by everyone. It is a living representation of realities inside the individual's mind.        In Chinese, there is also another activity called hanging up lanterns (竖中秋 shù zhōng qiū). According to Chinese culture, the higher the lanterns are hung, the better luck they can bring.    Eating moon cakes are also another significant activities. Everyone must try it to enjoy the real taste of the Mid-Autumn Festival. According to legend, rebels led by Zhu Yuan Zhang secreted messages in moon cakes to plot the overthrow of the Mongolian-founded Yuan dynasty during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Therefore, the Han people also celebrate the overthrow of the Mongolians at the Mid-Autumn Festival. As a tribute to this occasion, moon cakes are still eaten today.    There are three main ways of celeberating Mid-Autumn Festival.    Happy Mid-Autumn Festival |中秋节快乐 | zhōng qiū jié kuài lè.    Happy Moon cake Festival | 月饼节快乐 | yuè bǐng jié kuài lè.    Happy Moon Festival | 月亮节快乐 | yuè liàng jié kuài lè.Author InfoMuhammad Adnan, PhD student, 2022 ANSOState Key Laboratory of Environmental GeochemistryInstitute of Geochemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences IGCASUniversity of Chinese Academy of Sciences UCAS

Frank Kulwa, the student representative of the International College UCAS attend the 6th China-Africa Youth Festival
Frank Kulwa, the student representative of the International College UCAS attend the 6th China-Africa Youth Festival
by admin - Nov 16, 2021

As a new PhD student at UCAS, I was so honored to be nominated by the international college to represent UCAS at the 6th China-African Youth Festival which was held in the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for young people, in Beijing from 18th October 2021 to 22nd October 2021. It included about 47 African youths and more than 30 Chinese youths.  The festival was filled with very fascinating events to make our days better and cultivate the main goal of the festival. Which was “to revisit the CPC’s movement on developing China and strengthen the China-Africa relationship”. My burning desire of what would happen within the five days of the event was quenched by a warmly welcoming dinner on the arrival day, followed by a small game Blind porker game to enable all participants interact with each other. The following days were filled with well-organized events and visits to very memorable and educative places in Beijing. This included round table meeting between African and Chinese youths to discuss about China-Africa relationship, had the unique opportunity to learn beautiful Chinese culture such as Beijing Opera which was introduced to us by the Dan, Old way of binding Chinese books using rope and learning how to write shufa (书法). The most captivating visit was to the Yanqing Winter Olympic Training base where we experienced hard work and intensive preparation of Chinese for the coming Olympic winter competition in Feb 2022. It was the first time for me to step in the skating ground, it was funny and a unique experience for sure. I couldn’t walk with the skating shoes on the ground, in the beginning we were just felling down like crippled, eventually we managed to walk but when holding small chairs.  The fourth day was a remarkable journey to Lipao village, it was a big lesson for us African youths to experience how Lipao people managed to change their lives only by cultivating and selling apples. It is through dedication and hard work, they have built good apartments for themselves through selling apples, now they have shifted from traditional to modern and greenhouse farming. I can say they are rich people on their own way and self-satisfactory on their needs. As African youths, we saw an example to copy so as to utilize well the natural and good fertile African soils for developing our continent, the way Lipao did.  Our visit to the Huawei Exhibition Beijing Center opened our eyes on the cutting-edge Huawei technology especially in education and automatic driverless car system. The invention of smart boards which are imbedded with AI will totally change the delivery of education, and ease the teaching job for teachers. It supports direct hand writing on the board, drawing figures and cleaning using the bare hand. Strange enough it can change the hand written words to computer alphanumeric characters fonts. When fully implemented It will totally eradicate the use of chalks in teaching.Moreover, we visited the Communist Part of China (CPC) museum to experience the struggle and success of the CPC. It so educative visit, where among other things we saw the original sample of sand from the moon, and the model of the satellite at its full size.  We real learnt fundamental matters to strengthen China – Africa relationship, the effort done by CPC to shift China from a poor to a very high industrial and economical country.  Generally, I can say “When you speak about China development, you speak about CPC”.Frank (a UCAS representative) sharing his views on the argument “Which global issue should be handled first between unemployment and climate change?” this was among the introductory events to remind ourselves about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  It was very captive to engage, interact and get familiar to each other on the first day of the event.We enjoyed the Beijing opera show on the open ceremony dayIn Opera cultural actions, we learnt self-defense using the arrows. The trainer is the Dan (The woman with strict moral code) in white top dressFrank with other African youths at the Status of the Great Chinese leaders (In CPC museum) who are the initiators of the political and economic stability of China. Mao Zedong at the middle and othersFrank at the modern apple farms at  Lipao village, Badaling Town, Yangqing District, Beijing. The visit to Lipao was a transformation of our minds to embrace the land, use it with dedication to feed others and develop ourselves through farming.Frank together with other youths eating and enjoying after visiting the farms at Lipao village. It was out time to taste the delicious apples from Lipao Farms.Frank (in the middle) learning Shufa (书法 ) writing from Chinese youth. It was good experience and joyful moment to learn and be happy together with Chinese youth.Frank on the left bottom photo sharing his opinion on “What have African youths learnt from CPC movements in developing China and how they can transform this to Africa? “. In the conference at the Soong Ching Ling’s former residence. The right bottom photo is Frank with the former ambassador of Tanzania miss Wang Ke, soon after the conference.On the last day we paid our visit to the Soong Ching Ling’s former residence.  We were introduced to the great sacrifices Madam Soong Ching Ling did for China, her love to children and strengthening international relationship. Lastly, we were given such a great respect of attending the conference at that memorial residence. We had an opportunity to meet and discuss with the former ambassador of China in Tanzania miss Wang Ke and other leaders Written by: Frank Kulwa Nkulila.

Call for 798 trip
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by admin - Oct 14, 2021

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IC@UCAS Athletics 2021
IC@UCAS Athletics 2021
by admin - Oct 10, 2021

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“中秋雅集”中外学生联谊活动
“中秋雅集”中外学生联谊活动
by admin - Oct 15, 2020

MID-AUTUMN2020.10.1MID-AUTUMN中秋 HAPPY MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL   月满人齐全,家国两团圆。时隔十九个春秋,2020年,国与家再一次撞了一个满怀。时逢国庆中秋双节,位于长城脚下、雁栖湖畔的中国科学院大学校园,四处可见飘扬的五星红旗和五彩的灯笼。为了让远离家乡的在校留学生切身体验和了解中国传统文化,促进中外学生沟通与交流,10月1日晚,国科大“你好,中国”蓝飘带文化传播项目和研究生社团弘毅传统文化社联合举办了“中秋雅集”中外学生联谊活动。弘毅社的成员们和来自也门、巴基斯坦、肯尼亚、尼日利亚、贝宁等国家的留学生共30余人参加了此次活动。    国科大目前拥有超过90个国家的外国留学生,共1500余名,其中博士留学生1055人。“你好,中国”蓝飘带文化传播项目是中国科学院大学重点建设的文化品牌项目,旨在以多样化的形式向来华留学生介绍中国传统文化,讲述中国故事。月金满秋AUT“中秋雅集”中外学生联谊活动弘毅社社长周明笑、社员杨婧开场介绍曹志红老师用英文介绍活动源起及历法知识活动简介     本次“中秋雅集”中外学生联谊活动由蓝飘带文化建设项目负责人、留学生《中国概况》课程授课教师曹志红副教授携项目组与弘毅社联合举办。双方提前进行筹划,制作精美海报进行活动宣传,精心准备活动中所需要的汉服及各类材料。     活动开始后,首先由弘毅社社长周明笑、社员杨婧分别用中英文给大家介绍了中秋节的历史、风俗、文化,以及本次活动的内容。接着,曹志红用全英文向在场的中外学生介绍了本次活动的源起,并且为留学生们介绍了国庆节和中秋节之所以同日相逢的历法知识,也对留学生表达了亲切的问候和美好的节日祝愿。AUTPART 1体验汉服汉服初体验           汉服作为中华民族的传统服饰,不仅具有特定的哲学意蕴,同时具有潇洒飘逸、如仙如云的特点。甫一开始,周明笑的一袭古典汉服即吸引了大家的注意,同学们都跃跃欲试。来自也门的留学生艾墨(Al-hababi Mohammed)和中国学生杨婧分别体验了直裾深衣和双绕曲裾一男一女两套汉服,相映成趣 。艾墨发出赞叹:“穿着汉服,我们是多么的光彩夺目!”AUTPART 2尝试自制月饼     按扁面团、制作饼皮、包裹馅料、撒上米粉、在模具中定型……这些来自不同国家的留学生们在曹志红和周明笑的指导下,按照步骤,有模有样地制作起冰皮月饼。来自巴基斯坦的阿福(Saud uz Zafar)是国家纳米科学中心的在读博士生,他说:“这是来中国留学后,第一次做月饼,虽然月饼制作看起来简单,但做起来需要很多技巧。”他所在的小组的面团都是经由他手制作而成。制作的月饼既有传统的圆圆月饼,又有可爱的小兔子形状。看到自己亲手制作的一个个月饼,同学们纷纷拍照分享。AUTPART 3灯笼同学们在认真制作灯笼成果展示制作灯笼与赏花灯          古时候,中秋节不仅吃月饼、赏月亮,每当中秋节到来,赏花灯也是必不可少的。活动中,曹志红为留学生们讲解了赏灯习俗的区域性特点,并且取出弘毅社同学准备好的制作材料,鼓励同学们发挥聪明才智,自己组装花灯。同学们分为两个小组,中外学生通力合作,全神贯注地搜集资料、拼接龙骨、粘贴彩纸。不一会儿,造型优美的灯笼就诞生了。留学生纷纷与灯笼合影留念,共赏花灯,共享成功喜悦。AUTPART 4曹老师讲解唐诗《静夜思》 巴基斯坦留学生阿福(Saud uz Zafar)诵读唐诗感受唐诗魅力          中秋节月亮圆满,象征团圆。古时候,人们常以月寄情,离乡之人则对月怀乡,流传下许多咏月的诗歌。中国学生在交流中向留学生介绍了中国咏月的著名诗句,尤其是那一句“但愿人长久,千里共婵娟”。沐着中秋皎洁月光,通过曹志红的讲解,留学生和中国学生一起吟诵了唐代诗人李白所作的五言古诗《静夜思》。AUTPART 5            来自尼日利亚的留学生Peter Philomina Onyedikachi在制作灯笼“中秋节是我在中国所参加过的最有趣、最难忘的节日之一。”来自尼日利亚的留学生Peter Philomina Onyedikachi说,“我学会了如何做月饼,制灯笼,还学习了一些优美的古诗。我很高兴可以参加这些活动,这样以后我就可以把这些文化带回我的国家。我很自豪能在中国学习!”来自肯尼亚的留学生Millicent Oulo在认真听老师介绍中秋文化来自肯尼亚的Millicent Oulo表示:“与中国学生一起参加中秋节联欢活动真是太棒了!我了解了中秋节的文化历史,一些学生甚至穿着中国传统的服装,这有点像把传统的画面带到了现代。”来自贝宁的留学生科科(Claude Kiki)在学习做月饼来自贝宁的科科(Claude Kiki)感慨道:“特别感谢《中国概况》课的曹老师邀请我们参加这次活动,她告诉我们,上一次中国的国庆节和中秋节赶在同一天已经是十九年前了!,这次又在同一天,简直太值得纪念了!和中国学生一起过节,谈中国文化,做冰皮月饼,制中秋灯笼,背中国古诗,让我们真切体验到了什么是中华文化,真的太赞了!”来自肯尼亚的留学生王雄(Raphael Nyaruaba)来自肯尼亚的王雄(Raphael Nyaruaba)说:“这次活动太棒了,我们在了解中国丰富的历史和中秋节的同时还结识了一些新朋友。我们期待以后举办更多这样的活动!”对于中国学生来说,这样的联谊活动不仅增加了他们对祖国传统文化的亲身体验,提供了与外国学生交流的机会。更重要的是,他们可以在活动中将自己民族的文化经由自己的口向国际学生讲出来,平添一种自豪感。       弘毅传统文化社社长周明笑谈道:“十分高兴能够组织此次中秋节的中外学生联谊活动。我们社的宗旨就是传承和弘扬我们中华民族的优秀传统文化。在活动中,中外学生都十分积极地参与,现场的气氛也十分热烈,大家都很享受这次活动。未来我们还会组织更多的活动。”       杨婧同学感慨道:“这是我人生中第一次用英语向外国学生介绍我们的文化。我们的文化能让更多人去了解,我觉得十分自豪,也希望类似的活动可以多一点,让更多人了解和喜爱……END        留学生的到来,为我们国科大的校园增加了多元文化要素,也让我们能够有更多机会讲好中国故事,传播好中国声音,阐释好中国特色。事实上,每一位留学生都是未来社会的精英人才,同时也是一位文化使者。通过这样的文化项目,他们有一天回到自己的国家,可以向他们的家人、朋友客观介绍什么是中国,什么是中国文化。未来,我们还将开展更多文化体验活动,让留学生有更多机会零距离感受中国文化的魅力。

Rules and Regulations for UCAS International Students
Rules and Regulations for UCAS International Students
by admin - Sep 14, 2020

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Opening ceremony speech by
Opening ceremony speech by
by admin - Sep 14, 2020

尊敬的白院长,亲爱的老师、同学们,大家上午好!  我是艾墨,来自也门,非常荣幸代表2020级国际学生新生发言。  I am a PhD student in IC-UCAS sponsored by the ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents. My supervisor is Professor Liú Yíng.  First of all, I congratulate all fellow students for joining this prestigious university and tell them that we are fortunate to have the opportunity to be admitted to UCAS.  The story of my interest in this university started when I was studying for my master's in Xi'an, the ancient capital of China. When I asked my Chinese friends about which universities they dreamed of joining in order to continue their studies, many of them answered that they dreamed of studying at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. So I searched for it and found that it is really one of the best universities.  According to the ESI report released in July 2020, UCAS ranked 67th globally, and 1st in China. This is what motivated me to plan to apply and join this university,  I am proud now that I’ve got this golden opportunity.  Beijing is the capital of today’s most populated developing country in the world, China, which shares five thousand years’ civilization. And today it is bravely fighting the battle with the COVID-19 virus, manifested with the wisdom and responsibility of leadership, awareness, and solidarity of the Chinese people. We can study and live while feeling safe.  We, as new students, will do our best in educational and academic achievement. We will be the best representatives of our different countries from all over the world, and the best representative of the strength of Chinese relations with various countries of the world, relations of friendship and cooperation for a better world full of peace, coexistence and mutual respect.  Finally, I would like to thank the Chinese government and ANSO for supporting and helping students from different countries. And I reiterate my thanks to the university's administration and professors.  I wish everyone an academic year full of success and happiness.  开学快乐,抗“疫”必胜!谢谢大家。

2019 Photography Contest of IC- UCAS Winners Announced
2019 Photography Contest of IC- UCAS Winners Announced
by admin - Jul 23, 2020

In order to enrich the extracurricular life of our faculty and students and inspire them capture UCAS and CAS in the eyes of the world, UCAS International College successfully held 2019 Photography Contest.Since the launch of the contest, teachers and students of UCAS have been actively participating in it, recording their lives with cameras, showing the good spirit of our teachers and students. Entries were submitted from UCAS by talented professional photographers and amateurs. After the appraisal of the organizing committee, 1 gold award, 3 silver awards and 5 bronze awards were selected. The winners are hereby announced as follows:Congratulations on the excellent results of the above works!!