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六月有奖征文:A Thriving China

作者:Dr.HTWE HTWE NAING | 来源:云南民族大学

 When it comes to knowing a person, looking at his or her company is a way to find out. When it comes to determining if something is gold, it is the wax that tells you. The nearest one is the best. Those who make friends are the kin as the dish that serves the appetite is the one that we relish.

They are Myanmar proverbs that signify true friends. The friendship between Myanmar and China has been strong not for centuries but for millennia since the Tan Dynasty. It has been proven worthy and best not in words but by action and interaction as we ourselves have had the opportunity to witness. As the saying above goes, China is the best friend and friendliest kin.

I was assigned by the Ministry of Education in Myanmar to serve as a visiting professor at Min Zu University in Kunming in Yunnan Province, China. I had to prepare myself for teaching and scramble traditional medicine for myself. The previous professors before me had told me not to worry about food and accommodation.

I am always worried and was worried that things might go wrong. I was scared as I would have to dwell abroad for a long time. Sad hearted, I broke into tears as I was praying before the Buddha shrine. Although I was informed by Daw Hla Kyi, the head of Myanmar department, that there would be somebody to take care of me at the airport, I was still nervous. I was not sure if they would recognize me or otherwise.

But I was relieved when I saw Daw Hla Kyi and a student at the airport to meet me. I was a little embarrassed as it was totally different from what I had expected. I apologized to them in my mind. They hosted me with dinner in the evening. We met each other for the first time and yet they were so hospitable. We had a friendly chat as we were dining. Half of my worries were gone with their warm welcome. She was telling the student to do things for me and take me wherever I wanted to go. I was more than satisfied seeing them taking care of me. I am truly grateful to them for that.

Everything I saw on campus was new to me when the school stared. It was a nice, clean place green with all the flowers and plants that soothed our mind. It was like visiting a park.

The classrooms were state of the art. Classes start at 8:30 in the morning. They usually finish at 5:00 pm but they may carry on till 7:00 or 8:00 pm when necessary. The bell rings 15 minutes before the class finishes, which is strange to me. Students do not come late to class. They get to the class before the instructor and await the lecture. Students waste no time. They are always engaged in their studies.

Teachers get to their class 15 minutes ahead. I assume they have to check if the equipment and computers are working. If the machines work, they do not disturb the students. They only study what they have to. I think if the teaching aids do not work, they may have to inform the department concerned to find another classroom. That may be the reason why they get to the class early. The class starts when the bell rings. Such good practices nurture good habits and respect between the student and the teacher.

There is also a chalkboard in addition to the computer. The chalk and board will be useful if they are needed. That is very thoughtful. Everything that is required for school is provided.  

All the freshmen have to take up the military training. The instructors are senior students. This is different from Myanmar. Military trainings were reintroduced to universities only in 2014-2015 and there were not many who take the training. Trainers are officers from the army.

In China all the students take part actively in the trainings. That helps students to be disciplined. There is a sense of respect as senior students train the juniors. They learn there to help each other, show respect and attentive. I see respect between the newcomers and older students.

The benefits of such trainings are tremendous. They behaviour everywhere is well disciplined. There are two mass dining halls for students. They have plates that they have to take and queue up without anybody telling them to do so. The diners take the plates to the place where they are washed.

There is a separate place for teacher to dine. Students do not eat at those dining halls. It is a buffet and it costs only four Yuan regardless of the amount they eat. It is a good example how they care about the welfare of the students. I also learnt that the same is also done for government employees. Instructors also have to do the same as the students.

On the way to the class by the gardens students are studying. It is also a pleasure to see them. That is the respect that started with the respect they have between each other.

The library is open till 12:00 midnight. The library is always filled with students studying, reading and working on their projects. There is no student that has never been to the library.   

As the university is the one that is opened for the ethnic minorities, different students from different ethnicity background are seen at the same place. Their traditional tribal festivities are held throughout the year. This helps them unite and understand among each other which is very encouraging.

There is something that I appreciate. That is the stipends provided to the students who are doing their Master’s degree. Students are the human resources for the State’s future. The youths are intelligent, active and creative. Their talents and qualities would be useless unless they are nurtured with a strong support. Therefore students are eager to try and learn. This is the result of an exemplary education system.  

The students can comfortably go about their business on campus as bicycles can be hired at a reasonable price to get to places. Damages to the bicycles are taken care of by the owners. Students’ belongings are never lost as there are security personnel patrolling.

Taxis and strangers are not allowed on campus. Consequently there is no loss of personal items. They take good care of staff and students. This is what I like about this university. I would like to confess that I want to have such universities in Myanmar.

Another interesting thing is that students are required to take a test regarding the campus rules and regulations. Students who are applying for stipends have to thoroughly understand these rules and regulations. When they apply for the stipend they take the test. If a student knows the school regulations and does well in his studies, then it can be safely said that he or she is a student who is a stipend awardee. Besides all the students understand those rules and regulations and observe them.

Young people are eager to be curious and test things. They are always keen to learn more. If they are stopped from that, they can be rebellious. Smoking and drinking are not forbidden, but they are civilized students and they do not smoke in the class. They smoke in the corridor before the class starts. Once the bell rings they throw away their cigarettes and get into the classrooms.

They drink alcohol but they do not do it during the class hours. Even after they drink at night they are quiet and do not quarrel or fight. If they get rowdy the school security bring them to the university authority and take serious actions. The worst is expulsion from university. But hardy anything like this has happened. In fact there is none. Since I arrived there is not been any fight that I have heard of. They are responsible. Despite the fact that they are young they are always responsible. Therefore they are admirable.

Moreover, news stories are broadcast throughout the recess and breaks. There are music programmes in between the news broadcasts in order to make it fun. International news is broadcast. Especially news from Myanmar, a good friend to China,  is released most. That is opening the eyes of the students to the world. Student can explore the world from the campus. They can see, think and act globally.  Therefore this university is not only a place where students are taught the curricula, bur a place for them to explore more about the world and change their mindsets. All the Chinese citizens work hard. They also know that they have to relax their body and mind. I went to (XYZ) waterfalls on 26 and 27 November, 2016. There is a lot of natural beauty which is enhanced and glorified. This spot is also a tourist attraction that shows highly recognized creativity of the Chinese citizens. They are the symbols of their effort and mutual respect. I became refreshed and relaxed after visiting those places. 

I visited around the city with a colleague at the weekends. Everywhere I looked was beautiful. I did not see a city in the city, but a recreation park with beautiful sights. The flowers smell sweet. Their fragrance encompasses all over the east and the west.

Both the youths and the elders love to work. The young are smart and active, and the old are working hard to support and facilitate at their best the talent and skills of the young. Their efforts combined with the efficient and effective tools help the state grow stronger and thrive. Therefore the garden named the People’s Republic of China is fragrant with the sweet smell of wisdom and strength of the fellow citizens will keep spreading all over the world.

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