[ 北京 ] 北京清華大學上課去

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The Tsinghua University in Beijing is considered the top 1 or 2 university in China and the “MIT” of China. We were there for a one-week long business relation course at this a hundred-years-old university. It was… (continue reading...)

這次我們到了中國最高學府北京清華大學上學去啦! 清華大學剛過了百年校慶, 之前我聽說這大學十分南進, 而且裡面都是菁英 (全中國的學生擠破頭要進的大學), 所以特別興奮. 這次上清華教授的課也讓我覺得印象深刻, 也真正瞭解…


… 各個層面的問題, 必須從不同的角度去看, 你會發現, 你的視野不是 standard, 而是廣角鏡. 太局限在自己的泡泡裡, 只會越想越偏激.

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… definitely quite a eye-opening experience.

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北京很大, 到處也都很堵, 路越寬越堵, 地鐵也是聽說非尖峰時間照擠. 而尖峰時刻呢, 聽說至少要等 4-6班車從你前面閃過才可能輪得到你上車.
Beijing is huge and it’s crowded everywhere. Traffic jam is a part of everyday life. More lanes equals to more traffic jam. Subways are filled with people as well even when it’s not rush hour. During rush hour, people usually have to wait for 4 to 6 trains to pass them before they can get on the train.

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我們這次在北京是住清華大學南門的文津酒店 (硬體和服務大概只有 3 星的五星酒店), 也就是說, 我們在四環外!!! 好玩的地方都是在第一二環, 所以要進京… 天啊, 真的是提不起勁.. 我們周圍最近的景點只有圓明園和頤和園了.
We stayed at the Wenjin Hotel outside of the South Gate of the Tsinghua University. Wouldn’t particularly recommend that hotel unless you want to be close to the university. This means we were pretty much in the suburb of Beijing and most of the fun places are like 40km away from us. So.. that + the traffic jams just make us want to stay at the hotel. Our nearest attractions were the Yuanmingyuan Park and the Yiheyuan Park – the old and the still existing summer palace of the Qing dynasty’s last imperial family.

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所以我們就來 catch up 一下康熙和日劇.
So we caught up with some Taiwanese entertainment programs and Japanese drama before the classes started.

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我們飯店房邊的就是清華科技園區, 裡面幾乎都是知名企業, 像 Google 就有一棟樓在這.
Outside of the hotel is a technology park, with lots of high tech companies’ office here. Google has a building here as well.

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來講一下清華大學吧, 清華創校是在 1911 年. 1949 年共產黨得政後, 當時清華大學的校長和許多教授就隨國民政府到了台灣, 1955 在新竹設立了國立清華大學. 而兩岸的清華從那之後為分治, 但互動頻繁, 最近才一起過了百年校慶.
A little blurb about the Tsinghua University. It was established in 1911. When the communist took over in 1949, the principal of the university at the time and a few professors followed the nationalist government (KMT) to relocate to Taiwan. They established another Tsinghua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Both Tsinghua University are equally legit and have lots of interaction, but they have been run separately since then. In fact, both Tsinghua University have just celebrated the 100 year anniversary last month.

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也因為百年校慶, 還有清華的校友有許多是中國領導人階級的, 所以百年校慶也辦得非常大. 進出學區就有點麻煩, 需要特別的證.

Because there were some anniversary celebration and many of the high government officials are the alumni of this university so entry to the university was restricted to university staff and students only.

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在清華大學的東門 (算是正門). 石碑的那排字是校訓.
Outside of the East Gate (the main gate) of the university.

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清華大學裡面真的也很大, 第一天要從東門走到教室應該走了快 25 分鐘吧. 所以難怪大家都是騎自行車.
The university is huge as well. On the first day, the walk from the east gate to our classroom took almost 25mins and our classroom wasn’t that far away from the gate either. So I guess that’s why most people ride bikes in here.

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這是學校的地圖, 我說我們走的那塊在上面看不怎麼出來.
The map of the campus. It’s much bigger than it looks here.

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不過聽說全球最美的大學排名, 清華是亞洲名次排在最前面的.
I heard on a world ranking of the most beautiful campus, Tsinghua University appears to have the best ranking for universities in Asia.

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我們的教室在一棟大樓的 9 樓, 看出去都是清華的校園.
Our classroom was on the 9th floor of a building on campus. This is the view of the campus from the window of that floor.

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就說清華是理工最強, 所以到處都是一些很科學的東西.
The Tsinghua University is best known for its strength and advantage in science and technology. So you’d see things like this in buildings.

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教室的走廊或外面可看到教授的簡介和照片. 清華的研究生比本科生 (undergraduate) 多很多. 還有一些是本科和碩士博士一起讀的, 也就是不用另外申請碩士, 直接一次讀完
Photos and descriptions of the professors are posted outside of the classrooms. There are more graduate students here than undergraduates. Undergraduate students here can also apply to study postgraduate studies/research when they applied for undergraduate studies so they wouldn’t need to apply for postgrad after they’re done with undergrad.

 

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第一天中午在大學吃的一餐: 熙春園餐廳.
The first lunch on campus at a restaurant on campus.

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看起來應該有點高檔和文藝氣息的餐廳, 但裡面的服務真的不及格. 菜都快堆成三層了.
The restaurant looks pretty nice from the interior decor but the service is not that good. As you can see here, they just stack one plate on top of another.

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一天課程結束後本來要到校史館看看, 但到那邊才發現它正在閉館整修.
After the first day of class, we were going to visit the school history museum. But it was closed for renovation.

 

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旁邊的則是音樂廳.
The hall next to the school history museum is the music hall.

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進入校史館的大門, 不過去時剛好在整修中, 所以館不開放.
The main door to the school history museum. It was the place to go during the university’s 100th year celebration. But now it’s closed for renovation.

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接著到大學紀念品的販賣區. 前方是清華園的牌坊. 清華大學原本是屬於圓明園的一部份.
Then we headed to the university souvenir store. The white gate ahead is a famous landmark of the university. The university used to be part of the Yuanmingyuan Park (Old Summer Palace).

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街上路過取多看起來還很古色古香的建築.
Passed by some old houses along the way to the store.

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大學紀念品販賣處的地點也滿傳統的.
Even the university souvenir store is quite traditional in the way it looks.

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如果只看這張圖, 也許你會以為你在牛津或劍橋.
If you didn’t know this is Tsinghua University, just looking at this photo, you might think this is Oxford or Cambridge.

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這大學也是有這麼詩情畫意的運河, 但沒有人在這划船啦.
The university also has a canal like the one in Oxford and Cambridge but you don’t see anyone punting here.

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 猜猜這個是要做什麼? 我們跟著導覽逛了一下校園到了這裡, 看到這個已經排好了, 沒錯, 就是要拉紅布條之類 + 團體照啦.
Guess what’s this for? Time for some class photo!

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晚上的聚餐常常會是這樣的酒瓶滿地…
For some nights, the bottles of wine consumed by our class equals to all the bottles you see on the floor.

這次的課程有一些是由台灣的教授, 多數為清華的教授授課. 因為有些內容和兩岸交流和貿易政策有關 (例如 ECFA 和中國的 12/5政策),  所以也聽到了不同的聲音, 和中國的野心. 許多發展策略都不是叫策略, 全都是 “戰略”, 聽起來就令人十分繃緊神經, 而且給人的感覺就是很有目標而且很 focus 的在發展他們的國家和經濟, 而不像台灣的政壇老是打新聞口水戰, 炮口都打自己人, 腦袋不清楚的一堆. 當然, 也不是說中國的施政和策略等沒有問題, 但是他們給人的感覺就是真的每個幾年的策略和檢討, 還有修正方式讓人覺得很有目標性和條理, 像個大企業的經營方式. 而且讓人感覺他們知道他們已晚在起跑點, 所以必須更加緊追上和超越. 許多產業也是後起直上, 像我們這次有去參觀一間全球鋼琴製造的龍頭公司, 一個歷史不到半個世紀的企業, 已經衝到能將鋼琴如此複雜的藝術量產化. 高科技產業也是一樣… 台灣真的如果還是以自立自強自滿的思想和優越感, 很快就會被拋在後面, 這是時下的台灣人和年輕的新一代必須領悟的一點. 不持續向前, 不持續增加自我的價值, 不懂得策略聯盟, 世界就沒有你的舞台.

This time we had professors from the Tsinghua University as well as National Taiwan University giving classes and conducting discussion groups. From the classes and discussions, I see China’s ambition and its war-like strategic approach to its development and growth. They understand they have started late but that is also the drive to push them forward to surpass the others like Japan, Germany and the U.S.A. For many emerging industries, you’d see how fast they have grown. Although certain things have not caught up and other parts still need to be refined, the frame or the foundation for moving forward is there. We went to a piano factory, one of the leading manufacturers of piano in the world. For a company that has not been around for more than half a century, you’d be amazed by how quickly they put the making of such a complicated instrument into mass production. Technology is also another strength for the Chinese. They may have surpassed many western countries already but the world is not yet ready to acknowledge it. So, although there are certain other problems with China like freedom of expression, people’s level of “class” or “culture” and the large discrepancy of the poor and the wealthy, you cannot deny, as a country with so many people, they have moved forward with a drive that may have or eventually leave many developed countries behind.

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This Trip Related Posts:
1. [ Beijing ] The Yuanmingyuan Ruins   // [ 北京 ] 圓明園遺址
2. [ Beijing ] Studying at the Tsinghua University   //  [ 北京 ] 北京清華大學上課去
3. [ Beijing ] Piano Factory and Dragon Seal Wine  //  [ 北京 ] 星海鋼琴及龍徽葡萄酒
4. [ Beijing ] Night in Lights and Day in Palace // [ 北京 ]  白天王府, 黑夜燈光閃

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