1. Helena Puig Ferrer from Spain, Master of Economics in International Trade
My two-year stay in Xiamen has been, overall, a wonderful experience.
Firstly, Xiamen University is one of the most renowned universities in China. The international master’s program in WISE-SOE enabled me to go in depth into the field of Economics and International Trade, by studying a wide range of different subjects. Although it was tough and we were required to do a lot of work, the help of classmates, friends and professors was invaluable in this challenging learning process.
Secondly, by studying at WISE-SOE I had the opportunity to learn and share experiences with classmates from all over the world as well as the chance to mingle with Chinese students.
Finally but not least, Xiamen is a great city with a lot to offer. On one hand, it is a very peaceful city, surrounded by beautiful scenery, with many parks, lakes, hills and neighbouring islands. On the other hand, there are many activities to join; for example, sports clubs, music concerts, etc. So if you want to pursue your master’s degree in Economics in a great university with a superb environment, Xiamen University is clearly the place to be!
2. Perry Ackon from Ghana, PhD candidate of International Law
From a humble beginning in Ghana in the West of Africa, my journey to being the best I can be has led to the pursuit of academic excellence in one of the world’s fastest developing nations, China.
Studying in China has so far been a completely wonderful experience and as much fun outside the classroom and compared to being in the classroom of the XMU’s School of Law. My studying of the Chinese language is at its all-time high and I am really enjoying the rich culture of China. The food, the music and the general way of life is something worth noting. Though I sometime go through some slight social and cultural shocks, I understand that culture is diverse and dynamic and the appreciation of every culture is key for peaceful co-existence in the world.
I have no iota of doubt that I have made the best choice by accepting to progress in the academic ladder in Xiamen University. I believe it is a great citadel of academia and provides the perfect environment for studies. I am in a “Surrounding for Excellence”. Everything seems rightly placed and at my disposal to yield the best of results in my stay and study in China.
3. Marsela Musabelliu from Albania, PhD candidate of World Economy
Since the very beginning, I felt that my stay in Xiamen University would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. While attending the impressive classes and widening my academic knowledge of International Relations, I also had the chance to appreciate and become fascinated with the Chinese culture and lifestyle. I have always been curious and interested in ancient and modern Chinese history. During my stay in Xiamen University, I had the amazing chance of experiencing the China of today, with its welcoming and friendly people, the picturesque city of Xiamen, the delicious Fujian food, and the astonishing cultural heritage. But above all, what I cherish the most is the knowledge given to me from my Chinese professors in the School of International Relations! Throughout my classes, I had the chance to realize and study the International Relations discipline in a very logical, analytical, and refreshing perspective.
4. Salvienty Makarim from Indonesia, PhD candidate of Physical Oceanography
I am a PhD student at the Joint Research Center for Ocean-Remote Sensing, Xiamen University - Delaware University –USA, the College of the Ocean and Earth Sciences. I work as a government researcher at the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, and I have come to Xiamen University through a PhD scholarship under the China Marine Government Scholarship.
My life in Xiang’an and Xiamen are so colourful. Despite their physical distance, Xiang’an and downtown Xiamen are highly connected and easily commutable, and with the addition of the new submerged tunnel efficiently connecting the two places I can always be prepared for a visit to downtown Xiamen. I play tennis weekly with my friends, and I have recently joined the Taiji Quan club on the Xiang’an campus. On the weekends I like visiting downtown Xiamen for food tasting excursions, sightseeing, and of course shopping.
5. Tronike Meladze from Georgia, a MBA Student
In Xiada my major is MBA in Chinese. Xiamen’s student life, as I see is really interesting, giving to me more knowledge about Chinese people’s thoughts, Chinese business, their behaviour in business, etc. that gives me a huge opportunity to know about China more than I do know. Of course I share my Georgian and not only Georgian experiences to my fellow schoolmates. We discuss many different themes of business, life or other.
The lecturers are very smart and interesting people. They explain their subjects very well. Sometimes I want to sit with them and discuss so many thinks about what they are explaining to us, but I understand how busy they are, how many students they have and if all of us want to speak with them face to face I think it will last several months (smile). I would advise my colleagues to attend all the lectures we have and not to be lazy getting so important knowledge about so many life important things.
6. Marco Daccarett from Mexico, a language student in Overseas Education College
I was born and raised in Mexico, and as you know, it is located in North America, which is very far away from China. Besides this, my “Latin Culture”, in my personal opinion, is quite different to the “Chinese Culture”, but neither distance nor cultural differences have been an obstacle to enjoy this incredible experience of living in China and studying in Xiamen University.
About Xiamen University, first of all, I must say that is one of the most beautiful universities in China, and it is ranked on the TOP 5 best Chinese universities, academically speaking. I am proud to say that this university is my “alma mater”. The main campus is located in Xiamen Island, with a marvellous ocean view and full of many extracurricular activities such as music concerts, sport competitions, and cultural activities. As an international student of this university, I have been treated amazingly by Chinese students, professors and administration servants.
7. Benjamin Andrew Apple from the US, Master of Economics in Finance
Studying at WISE and Xiamen University has been an amazing educational and cultural experience. In addition to gaining an advanced degree in Economics, I have also had the opportunity to study the Chinese language and explore the history and culture of an emerging global superpower. One unexpected benefit of the program was the diversity of the student body. During my time here, I have made new friends from every continent. We travelled together, studied together, ate and drank together, and I look forward to visiting each one of them in the future in their respective parts of the world. Studying at WISE has challenged me academically, opened up my world view, and has given me the skills to compete in the global job market.
8. Mateusz Pawel Gajewski from Poland, Master of Management in Accounting
At the Institute for Financial & Accounting Studies of Xiamen University, I am very pleased with the quality of teaching and the progress I am making. During the first semester at Xiamen University, I found the course’s content quite overwhelming. However, thanks to the support of all the professors. The additional time they spent on explaining the course’s content and the extra courses offered, all helped me to strengthen the background knowledge, manage my study balance and become positive about my further study experience here. I believe that the first semester is always a challenge for both the students and the professors, since students need to adjust into different teaching methods and new learning environment. I really enjoy living on campus where I am able to meet people from around the world and share with them my travel experiences, listen to their stories and learn more about their cultures. I also enjoy the city landscape, which I find very beautiful and relaxing. Palms, beaches, temples and most importantly lots of sunshine, make Xiamen and Xiamen University a perfect place to live and study in.