Like each year, the Beijing Office organized a Pre-Departure-Seminar on June 21-22 in Beijing for the selected CSC-scholarship holders of the FUB-CSC PhD Program. They will go to Freie Universität in September 2014.
36 CSC-Scholarship holders participated in the weekend seminar. 15 among them came from Beijing while others travelled from Guangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan, Shanghai, Xiamen and Shenyang to Beijing. During the 1.5 days the team of Beijing Office and other speakers tried to provide valuable information about Germany, Berlin, the Freie Universität, the CSC-Scholarship process and about doctoral study in Germany.
A colorful program presented alternately lectures and videos, songs about Berlin, quiz and reports of experiences. The seminar provides theoretical contents as well as funny elements for not missing out the pleasant anticipation of a life in the vibrant city of Berlin. But the PhD study and the requirements for PhD-students were the most important topics. So feedbacks of professors at FU about their experiences with PhD-students and recommendations as well as tips fo written and oral communication at the university should prepare to the expectations they will definitely meet.
A very interesting part was the final part of the seminar relating to reports and exchange with three Chinese alumni of the FUB from the disciplines of physics, economy and linguistics. The three invited alumni described their experiences about study, research and the life in Berlin very lively and passionately. They emphasized their personal and occupational benefits, given by their time in Berlin, and passed valuable tips and recommendations to the scholarship holders.
The Pre-Departure-Seminar not only provided information and tips but also offered a great opportunity for networking and discussing urgent issues. An FUB-CSC group has already been established for the exchange on the QQ-chat program, and a registration to the Sina-Weibo account of the Beijing Office for the latest news about Freien Universität was pointed out.
Besides all the informative contents, foods and drinks were not neglected, even under intercultural aspects; knives and forks replaced the chopsticks to eat the German food at the German restaurant. When cheerfully toasted with German beer to the future in Berlin the relevant word “Prost” (cheers) was learned for a good star.
More information about the FUB-CSC PhD Program: http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/china/foerdermoeglichkeiten/fuer_chinesen/csc/PhD_Offer_2017/index.html