Shenzhen College of International Education Shenzhen College of International Education (SCIE) Wed, 10 Jun 2020 06:35:07 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Alumni Zou Weijian | Awarded in ONS Thesis Competition Wed, 10 Jun 2020 02:29:46 +0000

Zou Weijian / Eddy Zou

SCIE class of 2019
Majors in economics in London School of Economics and Political Science
He was Awarded in ONS thesis competition in May 2020, and the paper was published on the website of ONS


SCIE Teacher:?We learned that you just published an academic paper on the official website of ONS. Could you please introduce the subject of your paper? And what social significance do you think it has?

Eddy:?At the beginning of March this year, I joined Renaissance Prize Competition of ONS with three classmates from LSE. This is a competition for all British undergraduates requesting students to discuss the impact of Sustainable Development Goals on UK business and economy. Our paper was published on ONS website after we won the prize.

I think the significance of this competition is to continue the mechanism of evidence-based policy encouraged by UK. The government increasingly hopes to integrate the development framework into its own policy plans. However, as a relatively central individual, it is inevitable to meet the situation that the information is asymmetric and imperfect, so the government wants to appeal to all parties to provide some evidence that can help analyze and estimate the effects on British society. As an independent government agency, ONS hopes to help the public to understand what the framework means to them.? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Eddy and his partners

SCIE Teacher:?You must put a lot of painstaking effort in this paper, but in this process, which part did you put the most energy?

Eddy:?This paper was completed by four of us. From the start to design the frame of the thesis to use the Latex to modify it, we divided the work into four parts, each of us had to finish our own part, and then “criticized”each other’s product. The part I put in the most energy should be on the final reflection on the existing data of ONS for SDGs framework and the policy impact caused by these increasingly rich data. In order to ensure the discussion of this part fully align with the actual policy, I read a number of UK government policy documents, kept thinking about the defects the current policies might have, in what ways can richer data change the current policy formation process, and combined with a discussion of the most important issues in British society.

Reports on ONS official website (Google browser is recommended):

Report from Economics Department of LSE:

SCIE Teacher:?After graduating from SCIE last year, you went to LSE to study economics. How do you feel about this school after one year of study?

Eddy:?LSE is a diversified school, which is somewhat similar to SCIE. Students come from different parts of the world, everyone has their own unique part. The atmosphere in this school is very free, students have many choices in their work, career and life, but there are so many excellent and admirable people around, your choices will be subconsciously changed by pressure from peers.

LSE Economic Policy Competition Award Ceremony. Eddy Zou (the fourth on the right) and Runbang Mao (the second on the right) are SCIE class of 2019, and both studying economics in LSE.

SCIE Teacher:?There are many juniors in our school are also interested in LSE. Can you please talk about your daily life in LSE?

Eddy:?The life in Economics Department of LSE is very independent. Lesson period is limited to a maximum of 14 hours a week, so you will have a lot of time to explore and self-study.

All lectures in this school are free to enter and leave, and professors’office hour is also booked freely by themselves. There are often various seminars and talks, some of which are for publics and some are very technical. I was usually shocked by the sharp thoughts of some of those especially great professors in technical research seminars.

Professors will not discuss with you and help with your homework on their initiative, everything depends on your own efforts, I think, which might be the important difference between LSE and Oxbridge. ?

During this year I wrote various application forms for internships, joining communities, doing independent researches and being a researcher assistant. Although I received a lot of rejection letters and these works spent me a lot of time, I do believe I have a clear thought on the way I want to go in the future.

In freshman-level course, the school mainly focuses on the cultivation of mathematics and statistical ability, and economics course is much more fundamental. In economics department, there is a wide range of self-selected courses from which you can freely choose at least one every year, so it gives everyone a lot of plasticity. After I chose abstract maths, I began to doubt myself every day.

It’s better not to have high expectations to the freshman-level course because the learning pressure in the first semester is indeed controllable. However, the quality and difficulty of the courses in sophomore will be greatly improved from the feedbacks of senior students. There are a lot of resources you can use outside the course (Regarding to Courses of LSE moodle, undergraduates can even view graduates course resources and lecture recording, LSE resources for job hunting and career plan, professor’s office hour, community activities, students from all over the world, and the well-stocked library.), but you have to make a very good plan and improve your ability in every aspect.

Participated in business practice club activities in SCIE.

SCIE Teacher: I heard that you showed a great enthusiasm and talent for economics and self-studied many university economics courses when you were a student in SCIE. Now, do you have a deeper understanding of economics.

Eddy:?I hope I have. when I was in high school, I was attracted to the branches of economics such as development and political economics. But I focused more on economic theory and narratives like “how does economic growth happen”.

After this year in LSE, I realized that my interest is more focused on empirical analysis. Although the theoretical framework can lead us to think about the problems that have occurred and haven’t occurred, I think it is much more important to test these theories by collecting various data and information in real life. The modern economy has also expanded itself to more areas through the use of empirical tools. For example, to explore how to most effectively reduce wars and conflicts in developing countries and the impact of TV series on social attitudes and fertility etc. I suggest that students who are interested in economics should not only pay attention to theory and model, but also need to think about the applications of these theories in reality. Such as, how to use data and statistical tools to test these hypotheses, how to use these empirical facts to help us discuss social problems and policies.

SCIE Teacher:?Last month, you broadcasted an online sharing session for SCIE students. Could you please tell us what experience did you share? And why did you launch this sharing session?

Eddy:?In this sharing session, I just wanted to give the younger students some advices on those aspects I have experienced. For example, preparing for university, adjusting your life from high school to university and career path of academic research. The main reason I want to do this is that I benefited a lot from the sharing sessions hosted by senior students, so I want to help other students within my scope. I think it’s a positive cycle.

SCIE Teacher:?Looking back now, do you think what’s your biggest achievement in SCIE?

Eddy:?I became calmer when met contingencies. From G1 to A2 I felt like living in a shrinking society, not only concerned about study, but also had to balance social life and community tasks. I felt uncomfortable at the very beginning, but after I got familiar with this school, I felt this kind of life is very challenging and exciting. So that’s why I can deal with things much more calmly after four years. In addition, for me, SCIE has a relatively free learning atmosphere and teachers who are willing to support you in different aspects, which makes me more confident to explore the fields I like and the way I want to go.

Using Knowledge to Support the Future Without Poverty Tue, 19 May 2020 03:34:26 +0000


Celinca is an A1 student of SCIE. She spent five vacations which lasted for two and a half years completing a research project on China’s targeted industrial poverty alleviation. In May 2020, the Seoul International Conference invited Celinca to participate in the “Business, Economics, Social Sciences and Humanities” academic seminar. As the only high school student attending the conference, her scientific research results were displayed and included at the conference. Meanwhile, the research result will also be published in international journals.


Using Knowledge to Support the Future Without Poverty

Mentioning this research project, I would like to start from an activity aimed to help rural poor children when I was in junior high school in Harbin. As a student representative, I came to the countryside and handed out the books and stationery which we donated to the poor children. The children were very happy, but I was completely shocked.

The living conditions of poor children in rural areas exceeded my imagination. They had almost no extracurricular books except the old textbooks; their stationery boxes were strange, some were old lunch boxes, and some were plastic bags; they lived in low, shabby, mud-grass houses vulnerable to summer rain and winter wind. I communicated with a few students who were younger than me. They told me that after school, they needed to spend most of their time doing farm work with adults. “In summer, the scorching sun burns my body, it is really painful.”

On the way back to the city, I kept thinking about a problem. My hometown Heilongjiang is the main grain-producing region in China. The land is fertile and the people are hardworking, but why are there so many poor farmers? I started to look up some relevant materials, and consulted some township staff. I found multiple origins of the farmers’ poverty, such as long frost period, inefficient transportation, inability to resist natural disasters, blocked information and so on. At the same time, I also found that there are much more poor people in the whole country and even the world. So, how can we help them to get rid of poverty? I want to do something for them.

After that, during every vacation, I would go to the countryside and go deep into the poor families to know about their living conditions. Also, I started to study China’s poverty alleviation policies. In 2017, I was surprised to find that China’s ongoing measure “targeted poverty alleviation” has begun to bear fruit. Therefore, I began to do research on this effective poverty alleviating approach as well as using data to record the impact of the country’s targeted poverty alleviation policies on the rural poverty population. Through consulting a large number of relevant information and books, I learned that poverty alleviation belongs to development economics, which is a branch of economics. Learning both economics and geography knowledge is required to conduct further in-depth research in this field. However, there are only limited number of domestic international schools which offer geography courses, so I applied for SCIE, which is the best among these schools.

In SCIE, I have received the professional guidance of teachers (Really appreciate my counsellor Mr. Roger Underhill, Geography teacher Mr. Stuart Ashmore, Ms. Rachel?Reiss and Economics teacher Ms. Chloe Tan). I have also received the warm-hearted help from senior schoolmates. Many previous questions of mine have been answered, and the accumulation of economic and geographical knowledge also provides more theoretical support for my research. At this time, through several years of targeted poverty alleviation, China’s poverty alleviation work has achieved significant results and the poverty population in my hometown has basically been lifted out of poverty. During the 2019 Christmas holidays, I returned to my hometown Heilongjiang and conducted a multi-day study in the poorest township–Yulin Township, Mingshui County, Heilongjiang Province. Combining with past data, I was pleased to see a huge change in the living conditions of poor households there. In 2014, its 7 incorporated villages were poverty villages, with 2,735 people living in poverty, while by the end of 2019, poverty in Yulin Township had been basically eliminated. At the same time, the average annual income per household increased from 2,538.80 RMB in 2014 to 14,477.35 RMB in 2019. Seeing the flat roads, the neat and spacious houses and the happy faces of children on campus, I was extremely excited.

The 2019 Nobel laureates in economics, trying to explore the root causes of poverty, found that “excessive, undisciplined external aid can be a bad thing, and the more aid, the more dependent the poor will grow on the aid.” This is a problem faced by every country worldwide when carrying out poverty alleviation work. While the ‘targeted industrial poverty alleviation menu’ taken by Yulin Township in Mingshui County is a good solution to this problem. “Crops order planting, customizing dried vegetables, geese raising assistance, PV electricity generation, leading and cooperation, public service jobs” and other poverty alleviation measures are offered to the poverty households in the form of a “menu”. Through targeted matching, poverty population can truly get rid of poverty through independent work and operation. This changes the way of poverty alleviation from “blood transfusion” to “blood making”, so as to minimize the risk of returning to poverty. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said “China has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, and its experiences can provide valuable lessons to other developing countries.” I decided to use the expertise I have learned to compile the large amount of real poverty alleviation data collected over the years from the “poverty alleviation front line” and to summarize the experience of poverty alleviation in my hometown through targeted industrial poverty alleviation programme to help more poverty population around the world to get rid of poverty.

In May 2020, I received the invitation from Seoul International Conference and participated in the “Business, Economics, Social Sciences and Humanities” academic seminar, where my scientific research result were presented and included at the conference and will also be published in international journals. I am very pleased that more scholars and readers will pay attention to China’s effective targeted poverty alleviation measures and results, so that more poverty population can benefit from it.

By the end of 2020, China will have implemented poverty alleviation of all rural poverty population by current standard. However, poverty is still a worldwide problem, eliminating poverty is a common historical task faced by human being. on July 15th, 2019, the United Nations Development Agency released <2019 annual global multidimensional poverty index>. According to the report, there are still 1.3 billion people around the world in a “multidimensional poverty state”. The sources of their poverty vary, but one thing is the same, that is their lives are full of tribulation, they need help.

I know that I have found the future direction. I will continue to use what I have learned to help people struggling in the poverty. Hope that poor mothers in Kenya will not have to cook stones to coax their children, that poor girls in India who are forced to marry at the age of teenagers can go to school, that the poor people infected by COVID-19 in Ecuador can be treated, and that there will be no poverty in the future.

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USAD 2020 | SCIE Students Won the Most Gold Awards among Shenzhen Competitors Wed, 22 Apr 2020 06:12:33 +0000

On the evening of April 12, 2020, the USAD China 2020 officially ended. Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, the event was delayed and changed to the form of online testing. The USAD USA 2020 originally scheduled on May was unfortunately canceled. In the process of online competition, despite the disruption of the epidemic, the members of our SCIE community team are still actively preparing for the game, making the best preparations for the online testing. In order not to have any regrets, we spared no efforts to strive to the medal of every subject.

The United States Academic Decathlon(USAD)is an American academic competition for high school students. It consists of 10 events: math, economics, science, social science, music, art, literature, essay, interview and speech. Every year,the Los Angeles Times and other important medias will report on this event and the president of the United States will commend the USA Finals champion team of all previous year at the White House. This event also attracts many students from domestic major international schools and international departments to participate actively.

The theme this year was “In Sickness and Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness“, which included some expertise that we were seldom exposed to. But we were not afraid, and even more determined when we received the news that the offline competition was postponed and changed to virtual competition. In the preparation process, we were 100% focused and persistent.

During the online competition, we entered the meeting with our own devices. The invigilators supervised the testing through the camera of the devices, which cooperated with the restrictions of the evaluation of Webloom can fully guaranteed the fairness of the competition. Under the guidance of the invigilators, competitors orderly logged in the assessment of various subjects on the Webloom website. Even interviews and speeches can took place by recording video. In order to ensure that the participants can skillfully operate the system in the formal competition to avoid being disqualified caused by technical mistakes, the organizers conducted a simulation game with the same process as the formal competition several weeks in advance.

The online competition officially ended. Although it was postponed for two months and changed to a virtual competition, our team members still insisted in constant practice and knowledge review under the organizer’s instructions. And the large amount of time and effort we paid also got the return we deserved. The Award Ceremony was broadcast live on Bilibili, and the number of online viewers exceeded 50,000.

In this USAD China Game, SCIE representative team won 9 academic and non-academic awards:

? Shenzhen College of International Education

Outstanding Achievement Award (3 Years)

Holistic Education Rising Star School

??G1 Ling Duan (honors)

Gold Award in Science

Gold Award in Literature

Gold Award in Social Science

Top Score by Team Award

? G1 Agnes Sun (Varsity)

Bronze Award in Interview

? Xue Piao: Coaching Excellence Award

? Yanfang Zhu: Coaching Excellence Award

We sincerely congratulate the above awarded students and teachers and appreciate the efforts and contributions made by our team members. There is no end to learning. Let’s keep working hard and make more achievements in USAD 2021.

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A SCIE Politics ECA Event | Let’s Talk about Super Tuesday in Our Quarantine Times Thu, 16 Apr 2020 06:18:08 +0000

During the time of coronavirus, students of SCIE are all staying at home for the purpose of quarantine. However, members of the Politics ECA have successfully reunited through internet technology, and have gone through a wonderful discussion about the Super Tuesday event during the ongoing presidential election in the United States.

Our ECA activity was led by Mr Richard Driscoll as always. Before the class, Mr Richard has sent a little task for me and Davena: research on the Super Tuesday event and some of its primary candidates, including their original positions, main policies the number votes they get respectively.? I will give a little summary here. The US presidential election is usually split into two stages, namely the primary election and a formal one afterwards. Super Tuesday is the primary election usually held in February or March when the greatest number of US states hold primary elections and caucuses. It will strongly impact on the final results of the election, so this day is therefore named as “Super Tuesday”. (We don’t really know why it’s Tuesday and not any other day though!)

The main candidates during the 2020 presidency election include Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren (these two had just quitted the election unfortunately), all from the democratic party. From the other side we have Donald Trump for the republicans, and he is leading the votes in his party as the current president.

Joe Biden, being the 47th vice president of the United States, is an outstanding lawyer and politician in Delaware. He was also an experienced vice senator in his state and was ranked fifth as the youngest senator in American history.

Bernie Sanders is a Jewish American and is currently a senator in Vermont. He appeared on the ballots as an independent in the previous years, but as he joined the democratic party in this 2020 election he is considered to be a democratic candidate. He called himself a “democratic socialist” and seeks to promote welfare guarantees for the middle and lower classes and favours protectionism in hisdiplomatic policies. Based on his policies he was often considered as the “JeremyCorbyn of the United States”. (They look alike indeed)


Davena also gave an introduction onElizabeth Warren, a libertarian from the democratic party. Warren was once a republican in Pennsylvania, and changedto the democratic party in 1996, also became the first female senator from Massachusetts. However, her election results did not seem to be satisfactory. In the Super Tuesday primary elections, Warren did not actually win in any state, including her own state Massachusetts and her hometown, Oklahoma.


In this discussion, someone raised an interesting question: Why are the candidates for presidential elections getting older in recent years? Joe Biden was even close to 80 years old in this 2020 election. We have come to the conclusion that in recent years, the demands on the political experience and financial situation of the candidates have become higher and tighter. Many candidates have to work in the Senate or the House of Representatives for many years before they can finally climb to the top.

We also made an interesting comparison between the US election and the previous British prime ministerial election. Unlike the traditional 21-day campaign in the United Kingdom, the presidential election in the United States are much more time-consuming than in the United Kingdom and usually lasts for 1 to 2 years. Elections in the United States also focus more on the personalities and standpoints of the candidates: how they stand on issues such as racism, gender equality, and the issue of abortion that has attracted a lot of attention in recent years will usually severely affect their support. This explains why elections in the US will usually bring out many trivial and gossipy news (e.g. Hillary Clinton ’s “Mail Gate” during the 2016 election and Donald Trump ’s sexist comments used by his competitors to attack him).


The students of politics club have had an opportunity to engage in a wonderful discussion and had benefited a lot from it.

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Metal 2 Class Meeting Report | I Have Food to Comfort the World Thu, 16 Apr 2020 02:23:28 +0000

Food is a basic necessity to all humans. Long ago when there was no pans, ovens or germicides, looking for something edible in nature was a challenge. Our ancestors managed to survive with experience, then they came up with various ideas to turn raw meat of herbs into food, such as putting them over fire. These ideas and skills passed from one generation to the next, and each generation added their ideas and improved on the old ones. This is how the art of cooking is born.

Last Wednesday, the first of April, Metal 2 class had a class meeting, the topic is making Chiffon cakes. I did a demonstration with my camera opened, and shared some of my experience. I was very interested in making cakes, so I did some research and practiced a few times. It was harder than I thought, I failed most of the times, but I never gave up. Now I can make a Chiffon cake successfully!

I never thought of being a cook. Having some cooking skills is necessary for everyone, even if you don’t want to be a cook.

You might have on your parents to cook for you, but they can’t do it forever, sooner or later you will have to look after yourself. Restaurants and takeaways are not always available, and the food serving are not always safe. However if you cook for yourself, not only is the safety guaranteed, the taste of homemade food is something you can’t find in the outside foods. It is a very special taste, you can call it the taste of your own creation!?

Cooking helps to ease stress and release your tensions. Chopping up vegetables, baking bread or cakes, stirring a pot of soup or sauce, while you let your mind wander and drift away from the worries – this is what cooking is about. All these give a great sense of satisfaction. It will be even more gratifying when your dishes are praised by others.

It is not only your life that is improved by your cooking skills, also the ones around you, such as your parents and friends. After a stressful day of working or studying, a delicious meal is just what they need. Cooking is a skill that helps you attract the opposite sex. Who isn’t impressed with their partner who can cook well?The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!

Conclusion: Cooking is a very useful skill and is fairly easy to learn, if you can cook you will never starve, even if you are far from your hometown.

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Online Session | The Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Community and Personal Life Wed, 25 Mar 2020 06:39:28 +0000

It has been two months since the outbreak of the COVID-19 and the outbreak has reshaped the world to a great extent. On the previous PSHE session on Zoom, Tom and Vivian organized a discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on the entire world as well as ourpersonal lives.