Opportunities in western universities

Professor Yang Fujia

CHINESE academicians do not have to fear facing discrimination when seeking high positions in western universities. 

Britain's University of Nottingham chancellor Prof Yang Fujia said westerners were practical people who appreciated those who had talent and were hardworking. 

“Just as long as you can show that you are good, and can deliver results, you will be accepted,” Yang told Starbiz on the sidelines of the convention in Subang Jaya. 

He said many Chinese academicians had achieved high positions in such western universities as Princeton and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Yang, formerly president of Fudan University in Shanghai, said there were some doubts when his appointment was announced, but he managed to clear the air. 

He said Chinese academicians who were interested in working in the West must adjust to the different culture and working environment.  

“You must make your own assessment if living in the West will be to your liking,” he said. 

He said some Chinese academicians were not comfortable working in the West, as they felt they were not working for themselves, and wanted to return to China. 

Yang also advised students to enrol for courses that matched their academic abilities. 

“If you try for courses which are too difficult, you will run into trouble,” he said, adding that students should also not opt for courses that were too easy, as they would not be able to realise their potential. 

He noted that the majority of Chinese students were good in mathematics and science but weak in laboratory and research work due to their different cultural upbringing.  

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