Beijing, 17th October 2018 (BISTU)— When fragrance of laurel blossoms wafts through the fresh air of golden October, undergraduate international students of School of International Education are on the train to Qufu city of Shandong Province for their social practice. Titled on “paying respects to the Sage Master and learning arts and culture”, the social practice is aimed at offering international students with access to understanding of history, culture, and society of China to better help them in specialty learning.
Before departure, School of International Education organizes lecturers and seminars on Confucius, Qufu, and Confucian culture as well as safety for the trip to Qufu. Also students are informed of requirements and assessment of their papers.
The three days from 12th to 14th October 2018 see BISTU international students visiting a number of places related to life and teaching activities of Confucius. It feels as if all students and faculties are listening to the lectures delivered by the Sage Master: “Learning makes life sweet”; “A wise man will not fancy he knows what he does not know.”
Rites, music, archery, driving a chariot, learning, and mathematics are “six arts” which ancient scholars are required to master. Confucius advocates this and applies it to learning and teaching. The students now have the opportunity to experience what Confucius has done: travel around from one city-state to another. Daulet, a student from Kazakhstan, says that “in Beijing I have been to Confucius Temple and it finds resemblance in here. However, it is hometown of Confucius and I now have a deeper understanding of Confucius culture.”
Learning knowledge is not confined to classroom. Knowledge could be obtained from real life. Students deepen their understanding of ancient Chinese society, ancient educational system in China, and Chinese culture via social practice in Qufu. Meanwhile, they are all happy that social practical trip has enabled them to make more friends and they will write all these down in reports as homework and beautiful memories of learning at BISTU.
“Learning without thought is labor lost”. Chinese taught in classroom opens a door for international students to get in touch with Chinese culture. Real experiences in life on society and culture serve as a pathway for them to think more of Chinese culture.