Reflections

I was very lucky to have this opportunity to visit China. When applying to the Plus3 program, I was originally stuck between China and Germany. Germany’s focus on the automobile industry was attractive as a mechanical engineer, but ultimately I am so happy to have chosen China as my first choice. China’s role in the…

Day Thirteen: See Yu (Garden) Next Time

On our last day in China as a group, we were visiting a cultural site I had been looking forward to the entire trip: the Yuyuan Garden. The Yu Garden was one that I had researched for the class’ pre-departure presentation, and I think knowing a little bit of the history behind the garden really…

Day Twelve: Some Delphi(ne) Engineering

At Delphi ICE, we met Dr. Han, the head of the branch and an alumnus of the Swanson School of Engineering at Pitt. Dr. Han completed his PhD. of Mechanical Engineering under Dr. Slaughter in only two years, deriving equations to describe dynamic behavior at micromechanical levels. While he says that he doesn’t think that…

Day Eleven: Contain Yourself

In the morning we boarded the bus and met Mac Sullivan, an American who now lives in Shanghai with his wife and two kids. Mac works in the third party logistics industry; companies come and talk to Mac to make sure that their goods are transported quickly, cheaply, and safely. The third party logistics industry…

Day Ten: Back to School

Today we visited the Eastern China University of Science and Technology (ECUST). Once we arrived, we were greeted by Dr. Regina Huang from ECUST’s School of Business. We began with a Q&A about the Chinese financial market. We learned that it would still be some time before China would open their stock market to the…

Day Nine: Historical Huangpu

The sick boi squad rolled out early in the morning, taking the subway to get to the Tianzifang market, an area in the former French concessions with narrow streets and countless storefronts. It was very cool to see the skyscrapers of the city rising in the distance, framed by the low European architecture. Lilliana told…

Day Eight: Shanghello

Today was a late morning and we departed for the train station by noon. We arrived a the bullet train station only an hour and a half before our train departed, so we didn’t have to wait long before boarding. Like many other public spaces in China, I was impressed not only by the size…

Day Six & Seven: Sick Boi Chronicles

Late day five, seven of us started feeling very sick, and one guy ended up in the hospital. By midnight, our tour guides thought it would be a good idea to bring the rest of us to the hospitals, just to make sure that it wasn’t anything serious. Lilliana calls us a taxi and gets…

Day Five: Heavenly Cultural Visits

Today was a day packed with cultural sites, led by the one and only Uncle Joe. Our first stop was at the Tiananmen Square, where we stopped to have Joe explain some of the relevance of some of the buildings and monuments. The Square houses the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, where citizens and tourists queue…

Day Four: All Kittens and Sunshine

When we pulled up to today’s company visit, I thought we had traveled a few thousand miles and found ourselves at a German University. As I would later find out, this corporate campus was designed to look like a Western college, with lots of wide red-brick buildings and a central clock tower overlooking a large…

Day Three: What a CUFE Bunch

Today the Pittsburgh bunch visited CUFE, the Central University of Finance and Economics, a top business school in China. We traveled out to their main campus on the outskirts of Beijing and began with a lecture from a CUFE marketing professor, Dr. Yao. Dr. Yao discussed big data and its applications, personalized marketing, e-commerce in…

Day Two: Only the Greats

Thanks to an early and the magical powers of jet lag, I up at 4:30 in the morning to watch the city awaken from my hotel room. By 5:00 the cars down below were honking as they rounded the corner, by 5:30 the construction across the street was in full swing, and by 6:00 the…

Day One: The Verbloggen

With a departure time of 2:15AM, I made the naïve decision to stay awake through the night. We arrived at the airport at 3:30AM, about half an hour before the airline workers would be there to start checking our bags. By the time our bags were checked, and we had made it through security, I…

China Pre-departure Report

My International Experience to Date I have been very lucky with my international experience in that I have been given many opportunities to travel abroad. My family and I travel to the Netherlands nearly every other year to visit Dutch family members on my father’s side. On some trips to the Netherlands I travel with…

Looking Forward to China

Hi! I’m Ruben Verhagen, a rising sophomore in the Swanson School of Engineering. I’m from West Chester, PA in the Delaware Valley where I live with my family and two cats. I intend to complete a Mechanical Engineering degree, as well as a minor in Electrical Engineering and a certificate in Innovation, Product Design, and…

Meet Plus3 China 2018!

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 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 will…