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"Xishang Teacher Abroad" | Exclusive Interview of The Second Issue - Professor Fan Fan

Xiaowei recommendation —A series of exclusive interviews with teachers who have studied abroad in Business School have been launched gradually . The long-awaited second issue of interviews  with professor Fan Fan, a teacher from Business Faculty, has finally launched. Follow Xiaowei and have a look! This interview was held in room 233 in Business School at noon on November 4th. Mr. Fan carefully answered every question and benefited everyone with his insights.


Q1: What are the differences between foreign famous universities and Chinese universities? And  what can Chinese universities learn from?

The scene of Professor Fan's interview

A: First of all, there are different learning concepts, which are embodied in how teachers teach and how students learn. For example, when foreign colleges and universities teach e-commerce, they will invite local e-commerce companies or staffs to engage in relevant work directly, apply knowledge into practice, and emphasize on active learning and practical application.


Secondly, foreign teachers will help each student make a clear career plan as soon as he or she enters the university, so as to help students determine the direction of their study and enhance their confidence and belief. As a result, many students can achieve their goals when they graduate.

Thirdly, the management ways are different. The management of students in foreign countries looks  loose but actually very strict. Foreign students generally have few classes and plenty of spare time, while the school has strict rules on attendance and passing rate. Freedom of time on the basis of strict requirements for students is actually forcing students to comply with a complete and sound system of behavior, and we should also strive to establish the system of behavior.

Professor Fan at Harvard University in September 2018

Q2: What are the differences and connections among e-commerce, logistics-supply chain management and economic management?

A: First of all, we must set up a concept of digital economy and digital business, both of e-commerce and logistics-supply chain management are closely linked. The most simple example is that many students shop online nowadays, and this is e-commerce. CaiNiao Station in our school is logistics. Talking broadly in a grand scheme, we have already seen the influence of e-commerce on international trade since last year. As a result, Keqiang Li, prime minister of China, intentionally held a conference on how to use e-commerce to promote the economy, external trade and open to the outside world. In a word, e-commerce is a concrete representation of digital economy, and ultimately  using e-commerce and managing logistics-supply chain to solve the problem of promoting economy. 


 Professor Fan in Nanning, China in November 2017

Q3: What's the greatest significance of studying abord for economic and management students?

A: The largest significance is to explore what's behind the other countries' economy development. For example, we only know the manufacturing industry of Germany is strong, but we will find their agriculture and shipping is also great when you are in Germany. We cannot learn the supporting power behind their economy development only by looking through some news and watching some videos, there are a variety of powers such as political system and educational system we need to explore. We can only learn these knowledge through on-the-spot investigation.

Professor Fan atBremen University, Germany in December 2019

Q4: What's your suggestions to the teachers and students who want to study abroad?

A: Firstly, make the clear purpose before you going abroad. In my opinion, what we learn nowadays are no longer different from foreign countries. As we learn the same knowledge, what we need to learn is how their teachers become teachers and how their students being students and so on. There are so many things worth learning and they cover a wide range and learning needs to be professional, so the most important is that you need to decide your specific purpose.


Secondly, learn the methods of study of other countries, whether it is lecture or discussion, you are supposed to combine their educational system and sources, and put them into use.


Thirdly, be involved in the local life as much as possible and experience different local customs, aiming at broadening your horizon and widen your mindset.


I think your study and life there will be colorful if you manage to reach above three aspects.

Professor Fan at Chiang Mai University, Thailand in 2016

Translated by Ning Zhang,Yanfang Zhong









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