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2013-08-27 00:00:05

MRU Prof. Kiškis Back from China, Praises Green Campus, Day Care

kiskischina1 Recently back from a semester teaching in East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) in Shanghai, MRU Institute of Communication and Informatics Prof. Mindaugas Kiškis praised green Shanghai, day care and the attention lavished on children.

"This is a really unique experience," Prof. Kiškis said.

"It's one thing to be a tourist and quite another to live like a Chinese. I am very happy with my experience," he added upon his return to Vilnius.

He said when he left for China in February of 2013, he didn't know all that much about Chinese society.

"The differences between Lithuania and the U.S. are not as big as those between Lithuania and China," he said.

"It's a totally different world out there," added Kiškis, who taught "EU Intellectual Property and Technology Law" to students at ECUST.

I hope that this experience will help me, if I work with the Chinese in the future," he said. Prof. Kiškis studied Chinese before his departure and says he is now able to converse, but a long way off before he can master reading or writing skills.

Students in China are hard-working, diligent and always complete homework assignments, unlike in Lithuania, where some students do not find the time to do so. Chinese students also spend many hours studying.

He said that Shanghai is a very green city.

The university campus is "almost like a park" and people from the neighborhood go for walks there.

Prof. Kiškis said each park in China contains a small pond with lotuses and a fountain.

"There's so much greenery there," he added saying that the university campus was very much to his liking.

Prof. Kiškis was in China with his family and young son, which he placed in a Chinese pre-school, which he described as "great."

"I was amazed by the amount of attention paid to the development of children. There is order in pre-school and every child has to wash his hands, when he comes inside the facility. And, there are staff members that check to see that children are healthy and are not showing signs of an illness.

Although in Lithuania, when returning from pre-school, his son was often sick, Prof. Kiškis said that during his time in China - 5 months, his son was never sick.

"Our child blossomed in the Chinese pre-school," Prof. Kiškis said adding that it will be difficult to find such a day care facility in Vilnius that would be comparable.

Also, he said the Chinese take care of their health more than Lithuanians. They exercise and regularly go for walks in the park - or in the university stadium.

He said although cultural differences are huge with time needed to adjust to the different types of foods, he especially enjoyed steamed dumplings with crab meat and pork made Shanghai-style by adding sugar. He took a liking to the green tea served in China with chrysanthemums.

Prof. Kiškis said he hopes to keep in touch with newly-made friends and to return to China for conferences and lectures in the future.