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Preparing for working as a student assistant in the “Middle Kingdom”

Eight German students of the Master’s program “Mechanical Engineering China – mb-cn” will spent the next winter semester at the partner faculty CDTF in Qingdao at the Yellow Sea. They prepared for this stay abroad during a one-day seminar, receiving support from Bowen Deng, the coordinator of the program mb-cn,  who helped them with all the travel-related subjects such as obtaining a six-months student visa or finding housing in Qingdao. The focus of the seminar was on their new position as tutors of Chinese students. Dr.-Ing. Vera Denzer, Karina Rohlfing, Christoph Hübner and Dr. Josef Noeke passed on their academic teaching experiences. Ms. Zhu Hongyu, director of the language center at the CDTF and Zhen Sun, mechanical engineering Master’s student in Paderborn added their experiences with the Chinese university system. Dennis Hambach, who spent a semester at the CDTF language center as part of his teacher training program, also conveyed his impressions to the two teacher trainees who will also spend 6 months at the CDFT. At the CDTF, the German students will offer supplementary tutorials to selected courses in mechanical engineering to their Chinese fellow students. In turn, they will get to know different practices of learning and thinking from close contact with the Chinese students. Working on assignments and spending free time together, such as playing sports or going out, will result in intercultural student friendships – as has happened many times in the past. The semester abroad allows the German students to get a profound insight into the culture of their host country and in turn, Chinese students are prepped for the future part of their study program in Paderborn a year later.

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