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Undergraduate students challenged to ‘think outside the box’

25 January 2019

SEE organized its 9th Oxford Study Programme (OSP) at the famous Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford in January 2019.

The course provided an experience of academic life at the University of Oxford for talented and advanced university students from China. The programme aimed to prepare students for their graduate studies at the most competitive universities in the world. The course connected top research and best practice by engaging attendees in interactive and participatory lectures and workshops delivered by leading experts from relevant fields in University of Oxford.

The students heard a talk by Professor Andy Orchard who is a recipient of the prestigious Anglo-Saxon award once held by J.R. Tolkien (on English language development and its literature). J.R. Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Attendees debated with Professor Rana Mitter who is director of China Centre at the University of Oxford about the historical and political changes in Chinese government.  They were also compelled to think about the AI and the future it holds for humanity in the talk given by Professor David Clifton who is a Research Fellow at the Oxford University and at the Royal Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of Fudan University, China.

The lectures were designed to stimulate the students’ minds and to encourage them to aspire to a broader understanding.

This course provided an opportunity to explore innovative methods to answer complicated research questions. During their 2 week stay the attendees participated in research projects that tackled various questions across different fields supervised by Wei Luna Wang and Christine Moore who are PhD candidates at the University of Oxford. Research topics included ‘sharing economy in Oxford’, ‘attitudes and behaviours towards climate change’, ‘Oxford student’s experience in mental health’ and ‘Oxford Cambridge link impact on the Environment’.

When reflecting upon the programme students stated that they were challenged to think outside the box and gained valuable research skills that will enrich their own fields of interest.