GEP Opening Ceremony in China was held at Zhejiang University Xixi campus on January 6, 2012. Professor Wu Xiaobo, executive vice president of School of Management vice-president, Professor Zhang Gang, vice president of School of Management, representative of EMLOYN Business School Shanghai campus, course teachers, project coordinator teachers, and all GEPers attended the opening ceremony.
Professor Zhang was the host and he firstly warmly welcomed all the GEPers on behalf of school of management. Then, Professor Wu briefly introduced Chinese culture and Hangzhou and suggested that we have “Dream, Passion, Responsibility, and Smile”. After that, representative of EMLOYN Business School Shanghai campus invited us to attend Exchange Meetings in Shanghai. Finally, course teachers introduced their course respectively.
After the meeting, Professors and students took a photo together to memorize this special moment.
On 5th Jan. 2012, the second day after the arrival of all the GEP students, the School of Management organized an activity 'Hangzhou City Exploration' in order to give some basic ideas and impressions about the Hangzhou city where they are going to spend the next four months.
69 GEPers from all over the world were divided into 13 groups and every group had several destinations to go and tasks to accomplish. We were asked to take photos of the famous places or architectures and then prepare a presentation to share these experiences in the meeting later on with everybody.
The destinations mostly were around the West Lake and the Wushan Square. In the Hefang Street, foreign students were very interested about the Chinese handicraft and they stayed in the Hangzhou silk store, chopstick and sculpture shop for a long time. When saw some people wearing the ancient costume, they were all excited and put on these clothes to took photos of themselves. So there were a lot of foreign Kings, Queens, Princess and Generals in the Hefang Street that day.
The GEPers also walked around and saw the beautiful views of the West Lake. The laugh and footprints of all the students were everywhere around the Lake. Some groups felt novelty when saw some elder people were practicing calligraphy in the ground only using water; some were very active and they joined the dancing team of local people immediately; and some other groups not only took photos of the designated architectures but also the smiling face of Hangzhou local people. All GEPers had a better understanding of the ordinary Chinese people and their daily life.