Summer School on Russian-Chinese Business: Cultural and Legal Aspects
Last week, the Summer School on Russian-Chinese Business: Cultural and Legal Aspects came to an end. The School saw the participation of students from HSE Nizhny Novgorod and from the Southwest University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL) in Chongqing, China. We met with all of the School’s participants to see what they had to say.
‘This is the second of such Schools that HSE has hosted. This year, we had more students come to the School, meaning that interest is growing in these kinds of schools. I am absolutely certain that the Summer School was beneficial and interesting to not only our Chinese friends, but to our own students as well. I was pleased to see students sharing opinions, discussing the differences between Chinese and Russian law and culture, teaching each other languages, and hanging out after class. In September, we are going with the students to a similar school at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law. This year’s group not only included students from the Faculty of Law, but also undergrads from other faculties as well, meaning there are even more students interested in China. Cooperation between our two universities is clearly expanding, which is also shown by the fact that two girls from SWUPL are coming here to study abroad for a year. We are excited to have them,’ says Olga Berzin, Deputy Dean for Research and Innovation, Faculty of Law (HSE Nizhny Novgorod).
Professor Jang Yanven
This is my first trip to Russia. The city is wonderful, the people are kind, and the girls are gorgeous! While in Nizhny Novgorod, we went on excursions and got to see the city’s past. I think that the walks we took after class allowed our learning to take place in a friendly atmosphere. After class, we often stayed to discuss the interesting things we learned and compare them with China. We were particularly fond of our lectures with Maria Loshkareva on the history of law.
We got to Nizhny late on an extremely cold night, which was my first shock. We were met by Anastasia, an open and kind Faculty of Law student. I liked her the moment I saw her. Then I met the professors and lecturers. The Summer School’s classes were interesting, and it was easy for me to understand everything they were staying in class. The School’s students and instructors tried to show us interesting places, and they told us about things we didn’t know about. Overall, they just gave us a lot of help and support, which left a nice impression. In addition, I realized how comfortable I was in Nizhny Novgorod, and I liked the weather more (it’s not that hot here). The biggest thing I’ll remember though is the food. In China, we usually eat rice with chopsticks, but here we ate pizza, soup, and salad using spoons and forks.
We traveled a lot during the Summer School. I really liked our excursion to the museum in Schelkovsky Village, where I first saw the culture and daily life of the Russian people. Everything is completely different from China. We played old Russian games with the HSE students, which was fun. This was the beginning of our friendship with the Russian students. I also liked our classes. I learned about Russian law and culture, and I even picked up a little language as well. Of all our excursions, I particularly remember the building of a state bank on the central street. Itlookedmorelikeapalacethanabank.
I really want to come back here; it’s impossible to really see and learn everything about Russia in such a short period of time. I like quiet cities like Nizhny Novgorod. It’s truly a beautiful city, and it’s not at all like Chongqing.
My classmates in China asked me, ‘Why are you going to Russia?’ to which I answered ‘Because of Putin.’ I’ll be honest with you – I’m extremely fond of him. When I got here, I realized that China and Russia are very similar. I particularly liked how the Russian students and teachers treated us. This is the main thing I remember about the Summer School. I’d like to thank everyone for constantly helping us. Thank you for your patience, kind-heartedness, and openness!
Thank you to the Higher School of Economics for giving us the chance to come here! HSE is one of the best universities in Russia, and we felt like we were at home here. Every day after lessons our group walked around the city with the students. We tried Russian food, but we also would sometimes just stay in the auditorium and eat together. I felt like I was part of a family. I think that these schools should happen every year so that students are able to have positive experiences, understand the country’s culture and way of life, and learn about Russian law and compare it with Chinese law. I particularly liked the dorms – they were so cozy! Nizhny Novgorod is truly a beautiful city. I’ll always remember our trip on the Volga. I fell in love with the nesting dolls that were painted on a factory in Semenov. And I’ve decided – when the Russian students come visit us, I’m going to try to show them the good side of China, like they showed us the good side of Russia.
Before my trip, I had difficulties finding information about Nizhny Novgorod and decided that it’s not an interesting city since I didn’t find a whole lot of information about it. But on our first day in Nizhny we took a stroll along the embankment, and I was taken away by the city’s panorama. Looking at the city and Russia from high up made a lasting impression on me. The streets, houses, and flowers all differ from my country. But I found similar things, such as the buildings that were located near our dorms. It reminded me a lot of China. Russia also has the same type of kind and welcoming people that China does. It’s a strange feeling when you are in a different culture, but it seems like your own. I was glad to have made new friends here, and I really hope that we keep in touch after the programme ends.
Anastasia Dubrovskaya (Faculty of Law), Anna Semikova (Faculty of Law), Natalia Belova (Faculty of Economics), Oleg Sukhorukov (Faculty of Economics)
We are thrilled to have been able to participate in the Russian-Chinese Summer School. This was an important communicative and cultural experience for us. We saw that we had a lot in common with the Chinese students despite the fact that we live in different countries. We would like to thank the university for giving us this opportunity. We hope that HSE will host more of such schools in the future and that more students from different countries will come here.