Dr. Barry Sanders
Director, Institute for Quantum Science and Technology, Department of Physics and Astronomy
I have hosted China Scholarship Council students from East China Normal University, University of Science and Technology of China and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. The students have had independent financial support but I provide each with a workspace and a laptop computer for the time they are here. The students each have significant research experience prior to arrival and can read and write English fine but conversational English proficiency can take a few months.
I find that the visit, which is usually between a year and a year-and-a-half, is productive and fruitful if the visiting student has a project that connects well with an existing project in the group. When there is overlap of the visiting student's project and the student or postdoc in my group working on the project, the visiting student benefits from frequent discussions with local group members and gets the satisfaction of helping a local project move to completion.
The visiting students are invariably polite and ready to work hard, and it's important to the visiting student that tangible output such as a refereed paper ensues due to expectations from the home institution in China. I always enjoy hosting a CSC student and appreciate having these students in my group.
- Dr. Barry Sanders
Dr. Yan Guo
Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
Werklund School of Education
I found that our CSC student, Xiaoli Liu, has been an excellent candidate for our doctoral program in Language and Literacy, in the Werklund School of Education. She is an experienced university instructor in China with rich teaching and research experiences.
Xiaoli Liu is going to finish all her required courses for her doctoral program by the end of August (in her first year) and will work on her research proposal next semester. She is also working as a graduate research assistant for me on two research projects. She has assisted me with recruitment of research participants and data collection and has co-presented with me at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE).
Furthermore, her paper on critical thinking of Chinese students has been accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) in Beijing in August 2016. Werklund School of Education has awarded Liu with a graduate travel grant to attend the conference.
I have had a very positive experience of hosting Xiaoli Liu and based on this experience I would recruit CSC students again.
- Dr. Yan Guo