This summer, I had the honour to participate in the 2023APRU ULP programme hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where I studied and discussed the topic of sustainable development with university students from countries in the Asia-Pacific region. It was an unforgettable experience that allowed me to gain knowledge, friendship, and growth.
Firstly, through this programme, I gained an in-depth understanding of the concepts, principles, goals, and challenges of sustainable development. We explored the application and practice of sustainable development in different fields and levels through online courses, group discussions, case studies, and field trips. For example, we learnt how to assess a city’s sustainability indicators, how to utilise renewable energy and circular economy to reduce carbon emissions and resource wastage, how to balance economic development and social equity, and so on. This knowledge has given me a more comprehensive and deeper understanding of sustainable development, and inspired me to imagine and innovate for the future society.
Secondly, through this programme, I got to know classmates from different countries and cultural backgrounds, and established friendly and trusting relationships. We interacted actively in the classroom to share each other’s views and experiences, helped each other in extracurricular activities to complete tasks together, and got to know each other in our leisure time to share each other’s interests and hobbies. I am particularly grateful to my Hong Kong classmates, who were very warm and friendly to me. They took me on a tour of Hong Kong’s places of interest and modern architecture, introduced me to Hong Kong’s history and culture, and treated me to Hong Kong’s cuisine and special snacks. They also showed me their love and loyalty to the motherland and made me feel the unity and strength of the Chinese nation.
Finally, I have developed my patriotic consciousness, international awareness and enhanced my English speaking and communication skills through this programme. When communicating with my foreign classmates, I took the initiative to popularise Chinese culture and correct territorial concepts to let them realise that China is a country with a long history, diversified cultures and rapid development, and that I firmly uphold China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. At the same time, I respect their different views and positions and try to find common ground and room for cooperation. In the process, my English speaking and communication skills have been greatly improved and my self-confidence has been enhanced.
All in all, the 2023APRU ULP programme was a very valuable opportunity for learning and communication. It has not only enabled me to acquire knowledge and skills in sustainable development, but also broadened my horizons and thinking, and facilitated my personal growth. I would like to thank The Chinese University of Hong Kong and APRU for providing such a platform and hope that there will be more similar programmes in the future.
international experience++ 两岸同胞一家亲+++ 国际友人+++ 体验意外的非常令人惊喜