Summary Blog: Waves Don’t Die.

For this summary blog, I will address 5 ways this trip will impact: ethical issues in my profession, educational breadth as professional development, lifelong learning and continuing education as professional development, the social environment of professional life, and functioning on multi-disciplinary teams. As a future entrepreneur, there are many ethical issues in my profession. For…

Day 12: Last Dance

Sadly, today was not only our last day in Shanghai but our last night in China. As I write this on the bus driving to the airport, I am a lot more upset then I thought I would be. I will save my emotions for my summary post after this, however, and focus on what…

Day 10: Shipping Hubs of the World

Following a great night of Mexican food and other festivities, we had breakfast and a 7:30 am departure. After an hour and a half bus ride which included 30 miles on a bridge, we made it to the Yang Shan Port. This visit included walking around on a mountain right above the second largest shipping…

Day 9: AmCham apprises Americans

We started day 9 with breakfast and then a 15-minute drive to AmCham. This visit was pretty unique compared to our other site visits because we literally went into a room and listened to two very intelligent workers teach us all about China. Although everyone loved the Huawei visit because of the “wine and dine”…

Day 8: Performing WITH the Acrobats

On day 8 we took a six-hour bullet train from Xian to Shanghai. After arriving in Shanghai, we went to a pizza dinner followed by a cruise on the river. This boat ride was breathtaking as we saw all of the city’s skyscrapers lit up. The next morning, we started day 9 with a great…

Day 6: Mask On

Starting off our last day in Xi’an, we had breakfast and made our way for the Terra-Cotta Warriors. Since I have learned about this historic place in middle and high school, I was pretty excited to finally see it in person. On our bus ride, we learned that Xi’an was the capital of China for…

Day 5: Welcome to Xi’an

We started our first morning in Xi’an with our first breakfast at the new hotel. Overall, the choices were pretty similar and tasted just as good as breakfast in Beijing. After I finished my eggs, rice, and dumplings, we took an hour bus ride out of the city and up the mountains. While driving, we…

Day 4: Chicken Brain With the Gang

Today started with a great breakfast again. I am sad that this is the last day we will eat at the Howard Johnson, but hopefully, the next two hotels can match this breakfast quality. After our meal, we made our way to Tienmann Square. During this visit, I learned a ton about the history of…

Day 3: Huawei=The Truth

We started day three with the breakfast that I have become so accustomed to. I have to say, eating a meal without chopsticks and actual forks and knives is very refreshing. Following breakfast, we started our hour bus ride towards Huawei. When we got there, I was completely amazed by the building. It was a…

Day 2: Oh, what a night

Today we visited Central University of Finance and Economics. We started this visit with a presentation from one of the professors at the university. During this talk, we learned about some of the key differences between American and Chinese cultures. We started talking about the differences in grocery stores in the two countries. In America,…

Day 1: From the window to the (Great) Wall

Reflecting on the first day, I think it is going to be very hard to top. The day started with a decent night of sleep following 3 straight nights of virtually no sleep. I still woke up at around 5:30 am could not fall asleep, but in general, I do not think the jet lag…

Sutherland Hall to The Great Wall

Hello everyone, my name is Matthew Acker. I am a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in finance and accounting with an economics minor and a certificate in entrepreneurship & innovation. I grew up in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania which is about 45 minutes north of Philadelphia. I have five siblings that include two sets…

Meet Plus3 China 2019!

Welcome to the China Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Each year, a group of freshman engineering and business students will conduct a 2-week field study in several cities in China. The field study includes company visits, sightseeing, and lectures in China, and the students will learn about international dimensions of engineering, business, and culture. Each student…