Day 05 – Visit of the University of Nottingham Ningbo and the Volkswagen Factory

This 5th day of our trip is already our last day in Shanghai for which we have scheduled two different activities. Therefore our group was divided into two teams of 25 students for today. One team went to visit a factory of Volkswagen and the other team went to visit the University of Nottingham in Ningbo China (UNNC).

University Visit: UNNC

First, a couple of words about the university we visited. The UNNC is a leading University in China and ranking under the top 100 worldwide. The UNNC consists of 19 faculties and colleges which cover many disciplines with about 2300 staff members and over 50’000 students in Bachelor & Master Programs. The UNNC was also the very first Sino-Foreign University established in China. More information can be found on the website of UNNC.

Our group of 25 students travelled 220 kilometers to Ningbo in the south of Shanghai to meet the ZHAW delegation lead by Werner Inderbitzin, the president of the ZHAW.  Together, we visited the UNNC to deepen the relationship between the two partner institutions. Nick Miles, the Provost and CEO of UNNC, welcomed us with a detailed presentation about the UNNC in the conference room. Nabil Gindy, Vice-Provost for research and Dean of Graduate School at the UNNC, did also hold a presentation about the research & innovation. Continue reading

Day 02 – First Evening in Shanghai

After a small break in the hotel and freshening up we went off to our first dinner in China. The typical Chinese food like fried chicken, pork and fish, as well as rice and vegetables were served as dishes on a turntable. Getting used to the chopsticks was a challenge for some of the students.

Afterwards we took a boat trip on the Huangpu River, which on one side offered us an impressive view of  The Bund district, which is Shanghai‘s stately street of old colonial era buildings and was once the financial centre of the Far East. and on the other side of the river of  the Pudong, Shanghai‘s newest district , a Special Economic Zone full of gleaming skyscrapers rising out of what was farmland only 15 years ago. Continue reading