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Students at nust,

hku, NUS, UK,

Harbin institute of technology

and Peking University

Students at nust,

hku, NUS, UK,

Harbin institute of technology

and Peking University

  • Li Xiaoyang

    PhD student in HKU-SUSTech Joint Education Program
  • Li Mingrui

    PhD student in the Temple-SUSTech Joint Education Program
  • Wang Huirong

    PhD student in the University of Macau -SUSTech Joint Education Program
  • Wang Yanlong

    PhD student in the Harbin Institute of Technology -SUSTech Joint Education Program
To keep an active and optimistic mentality, and to learn how to handle high pressure and alleviate stress.

Li Xiaoyang (PhD student in HKU-SUSTech Joint Education Program)

As one of the first-batch graduates of the unified enrollment undergraduate programs of SUSTech, I have a deep love for my alma mater, and that’s why I joined the joint doctoral program between SUSTech and HKU after my undergraduate studies. I’m about to complete my first year in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of HKU, then return to SUSTech to continue my studies in the coming autumn semester. In my opinion, this joint training program has considerable advantages. It can not only inspire me with the vitality of innovation in Shenzhen, but also bring to me the opportunity to experience the international vision of Hong Kong.

In my undergraduate program, I entered the lab headed by Supervisor Gong Yi of SUSTech to carry out studies on wireless communication. Teacher Gong has long been at the forefront of communication. When any relevant expert visited SUSTech to give a lecture, he always notified me to attend. In these lectures, I got to know Supervisor Huang Kaibin from HKU, under whom I am currently studying crowd sensing based on simultaneous wireless information and power transfer. Supervisor Huang is very serious and responsible in his academic research. Even if he’s abroad on a business trip, he still manages to find the time to have a video meeting for the lab to direct our studies.

During this year of study, I feel I’ve made great progress in my exploration and innovation ability. The biggest difference between the doctoral period and previous study periods is that there’s no so-called ‘standard solution’ in the doctoral program. From primary school to university, it was always a common practice for the proposition maker to design questions and answers, and use them to test the progress of the students. In doctoral studies, the research topics are always new topics that have never before been explored by others, so students have to investigate how to solve the problems they encounter in their actual studies one by one with their own knowledge. In the process of addressing such difficulties, students often have to break through their own cognitive limitations and tear down certain conventions. In my studies, I encountered a very difficult problem one day, and my supervisor suggested that I take a course in a different department, which I did not understand at the time. When I did as instructed, the course was highly beneficial and helped to solve the problem, and this may show the beauty of interdisciplinary research.

The research process is tortuous but accompanied by many pleasures. In particular, when you solve a problem through your own efforts, you feel a strong sense of achievement. The most important thing is to keep an active and optimistic mentality, and to learn how to handle high pressure and alleviate stress.

In my spare time, I like to pursue literary and artistic activities. During my year at HKU, I would relax by attending wonderful concerts and lectures by several famous writers, and I was often invited by SUSTech to participate in or be a guest host of doctoral forums, and make new friends from around the world.

It is my wish that after my doctoral program, I can serve SUSTech with my research and make my contributions to the development of the university.

An important freedom is the freedom of experiment characterization!

Li Mingrui (PhD student in the Temple-SUSTech Joint Education Program)

I’ve been at SUSTech for one year, and the time flew by. Besides my love for this dynamic and vigorous university from the bottom of my heart, I’ve really gained much in this year from an objective point of view. One year ago, I was wrestling with the decision of whether to study at the University of Southern California, the Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden or the relatively new Southern University of Science and Technology, which I had only just learned about through the reading materials of the Chinese examination paper for college. I finally selected the joint program of SUSTech and Temple University in the US. I wasn’t sure if it would be better to study abroad exclusively, but my study and research experience over the past year makes me believe that my choice to study at SUSTech was anything but the wrong choice.

You can feel very free at SUSTech. So what makes you feel free? First, it’s the class mode. The small-class teaching arrangements encourage every student to ask questions whenever they want, and the teachers are very pleased to answer various kinds of questions, guaranteeing the high-efficiency study of more knowledge during the limited class hour. The teachers in our university are all incredibly nice. Second, it’s the research. Looking back on my experiment operations in the lab last year, my supervisor never rejected any of my ideas. At SUSTech, even if your ideas are sometimes unreasonable, your supervisor will never deny your love and courage for research and exploration. The supervisors provide us with support in encouragement and funding, inspiring us to boldly try any idea that occurs to us. Before my enrollment at SUSTech, I worried whether the many young SUSTech supervisors who had just returned from overseas could lead research groups. However, despite being young, their research groups are mostly focused on cutting-edge science topics rather than remaining stereotyped as the research groups of traditional universities always are. Our supervisors never tell us how to execute each step of our topics, but rather offer key guiding opinions on relevant topics in good time, thus tempering our independent research abilities in an indirect manner. After conducting more experiments, you will gradually find that it’s very easy to propose problems, but the process of trying to solve problems, including consulting professional books and literature, is very hard, and it’s precisely that process that is most beneficial. Finally, an important freedom is the freedom of experiment characterization! SUSTech boasts many high-end characterization instruments. As students majoring in chemistry, we deeply understand the importance and cost of material characterization. At SUSTech, the students are free from worry about the expense of such research items, and can conduct experiments in a relaxed and happy manner. It’s a perfect life, really!

To explore by myself

Wang Huirong (PhD student in the University of Macau -SUSTech Joint Education Program)

When I graduated with my master’s degree, due to my lack of a clear career positioning plan for the future, I decided to work for some time. My first job was in anti-virus medicine R&D at Shenzhen Graduation School of Peking University, but the project unfortunately failed. After that, my interest shifted to research into the medicinal mechanisms of natural products, in which Professor Zhu of the SUSTech Department of Biology was involved at the time. So I chose to continue my studies in Professor Zhu’s lab. I applied to the Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences of the University of Macau with a view to identifying and studying the molecular mechanisms of efficacious ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine.

Maybe I had been in Shenzhen too long. My first impression of Macao was that there are not as many tall buildings in Macao as in Shenzhen, most of the buildings appear old-fashioned and the streets are similarly crowded to those in Hong Kong. However, after living here longer, I began to understand the uniqueness of the city. The streets are narrow but rarely jammed. Very different from the quick tempo lifestyle of Shenzhen, Macao enjoys a leisurely and comfortable atmosphere, and the people always leave others with a strong first impression of warmth. Macao also boasts very good public security. We’re often busy with our research until midnight or even 1:00 a.m., but we’re free from any worries about safety when we return to our dormitory on the special university bus or overnight bus, or even on foot.

However, the above-mentioned leisurely and comfortable life of Macao is not the life of a researcher, much less that of a PhD student. Taking my research at the Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences as an example, PhD students publish more than 10 dissertations when they graduate, so you can see researchers working in almost all the labs at all times (my current latest research time record is 2:00 a.m.). You may experience an intangible pressure in such an atmosphere, particularly when encountering obstacles in experiments. But when you work hard and solve a new problem, or make a new discovery by yourself, you’ll be very happy and feel that life is rich and meaningful rather than toilsome.

It is the greatest good fortune of students to meet good teachers during their doctoral studies. My supervisors in both universities are used to either giving detailed instructions or letting me be free to explore by myself, and both approaches are very important at different stages. At the University of Macao, I successfully passed the doctoral qualify examination (QE) and TPA six months in advance, and I’m continuously concentrating my efforts on the R&D of the molecular mechanisms of efficacious ingredients of TCM and natural products in the hope of discovering efficacious new anti-inflammatory medicines with minimal side effects.

As the first batch of PhD students in the joint training program, regardless of students, supervisors or even universities, we will inevitably face certain problems. To help us solve those problems, the teachers of the SUSTech Graduate School and the professors and deans of the departments have all actively participated in advancing the joint training programs, offered us great support and shuttled between Shenzhen and Macao several times to assist us in coordinating and handling affairs at the University of Macau, which I think is worthy of high praise. On behalf of the students of SUSTech, I want to express our thanks for their efforts and dedication, and our pride in the responsible leaders and teachers of the University.

Never fearing the future, Never clinging to the past.

Wang Yanlong (PhD student in the Harbin Institute of Technology -SUSTech Joint Education Program)

I’m a 2016 postgraduate of the SUSTech Department of Finance and a first-batch SUSTech master’s degree postgraduate. As one of the first students to study at this newly established university, I’m continuing my studies at the young and dynamic SUSTech after the century-old Wuhan University, and I’m full of curiosity and expectations regarding this innovative new university.

SUSTech offers every postgraduate advantageous living conditions and an RMB 50,000 scholarship, which can fully cover daily living and studying expenses. In our grade, two postgraduates share one bedroom in conditions that may be rated as luxurious, including large 1.5m × 2.0m beds, separate bathroom and toilet, spacious floor area and first-class air-conditioning and hot water facilities. What makes me feel most thoughtful are the three potted Epipremnum aureum plants that the University prepares for every bedroom, and watering them has become the best way for me to relax in my spare time. Moreover, roommates are always assigned from the same province, which I think is a perfect arrangement which can help students far away from their hometowns to chat with their fellows, thereby alleviating homesickness and promoting mutual understanding and harmony among the students.

I’m currently pursuing an internship at the Big Data Innovation Center of the SUSTech School of Innovation and Startups, which brings together famous Chinese scholars and is currently divided into the three orientations of block chain, quantitative investment and artificial intelligence. The Center encourages students to develop innovative thinking and organically integrate interdisciplinary research and knowledge, and the teachers also leave sufficient space for students to put certain interesting ideas into practice. At the Center, students can not only explore cutting-edge science and technology, but also put technologies into practice in a down-to-earth manner. At present, my research mainly consists of integrating core artificial intelligence technology with quantitative investment through the combination of big data and in-depth study so as to make judgments concerning the future trends of stocks. This is also a current point of interest of many international investment banks and fund companies including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Renaissance Technologies Corp., and will become an important development direction of quantitative investment in the future. The Big Data Center not only provides cutting-edge hardware equipment but also invites authorities in relevant sectors to share their technologies and experience. Here you can enjoy belonging to a group of partners with a common goal, interesting projects and aims, forerunners to guide your way and an atmosphere that inspires you to work through your lunch break, which is my idea of the perfect college life.

It is my dream to develop my career in finance with a consistently firm, persistent and courageous character, regardless of my pursuit of a doctoral degree or job, and regardless of whether there is sunshine or torrential rain on the way before me, just as Feng Zikai (a famous Chinese writer) expressed in his work A Life Free From Favor and Worry: never disturbed in the mind, never haunted by love; never fearing the future, never clinging to the past. This is the way for a better life.