Ten University of Alberta students and two Augustana Campus professors finished their course on Chinese economics and politics, capping it with a whirlwind three-week tour of China!
Dr. Jérôme Melançon and Dr. Varghese Manaloor led their AUECO 356/AUPOL 356 student from ALES and nine students from the Augustana Campus to Zhuhai and Beijing.
In Zhuhai, located in Guangdong province beside Macau and across from Hong Kong, they spent time with students and faculty from United International College, Augustana’s sister institution, a like-minded liberal arts university. In addition to lectures and activities on campus, highlights of their visit included a visit to the Communist Party School, the High-Tech Development Zone and some of its factories, and the newly created Free Trade Zone pilot project. As a result, they had the opportunity to discover the origins of some of the products “made in China” over the last three decades.
The group also had the chance to visit cultural and historical sites in Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Macau, Guangzhou, and all the highlights in Beijing. Through this immersion, the lectures they received from their professors, and the informal seminars in which they took part, they were able to learn how to build on their experiences to further their understanding of economic development and of political change, and to develop a comprehensive understanding of contemporary China.
Our group was featured in an article on the UIC website: read it here!