UoL PhD Student Talks to Joint School Students

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On 16 December 2017 at 10:00 am 2nd year Mechanical Engineering students gathered in Room X9506 to meet a special guest from the University of Leeds (UoL). Mr. Yao Jiacheng, a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at UoL, came to Xipu Campus to share his experience with the Joint School students. Professor Jin Zhongmin, Dean of the Joint School and Dr. Ren Xinghong, CPC Branch Leader participated in the meeting and answered several questions raised by students.

Diligence is the path up the mountain of knowledge.

A student asked: “What is the requirement on my performance if I want to study for a master’s or PhD degree at the UoL?”

Actually, a bachelor’s degree at the UoL is classified into 4 classes: Class I, Class II i, Class II ii and Class III. If you want to apply for a master’s or PhD degree at very good universities like the UoL, you will have to obtain at least a Class II i upon graduation, which is not easy. Take Yao as an example. He achieved an average of more than 90 (merit boundary is 70) in his first 2 undergraduate years. But as the courses got more and more difficult, scores will not only depend on your performance in exams and coursework, but also your capability to solve problems and do research. He obtained an average 66.9, missing Class I by 3 points and was admitted by the UoL for a PhD degree. During his study, he spent almost all his time in the office and labs. “intelligence will not guarantee good grades. You must work hard.” Yao mentioned. But how hard must students work to get good grades? Professor Jin recalled his PhD years at the UoL and said that he never went out for a movie in these years and was working hard on weekend and holidays. For most students studying at home, playing computer games, hanging out or watching movies in free time seem to be usual practice. However, no pain, no gain. It is the essence of learning.

Being rigorous to study

Both SWJTU and UoL are rigorous to study and are strict with attendance. Professor Jin took an example of punctuality. Being late is not allowed neither at home nor abroad. Those coming late will be punished. Yao added that in UoL, teachers and students would feel ashamed if they were late. Being late means causing trouble for other people. If a teacher is 15 minutes late for a lecture, this lecture will be deemed canceled. For students, being late equals being absent. Yao’s tight schedule in UoL requires that he must make full preparation for each of the task and never be late.

Professor Jin emphasized the significance of learning English. He encouraged students to use English as much as possible and joked: “when you dream in English, it would be good enough.”

Develop your potential in extracurricular activities

Some students feel difficult to strike a balance between study and extracurricular activities. The key word is “Efficiency”. Yao suggested that staying focused on the tasks you do is a good way to improve efficiency. Professor Jin and Dr. Ren have set a good example to students. They also encouraged students to make a good use of the resources in the Joint School, including teachers from UoL and Study Zone.

Extracurricular activities and some voluntary activities help students to development in an all-round way experience different things. But it is important to balance the time spent on various activities.

In this thought-provoking face-to face talk, students began to reflect on their study and life, ready to work hard for the goals set by Professor Jin and Dr. Ren.