International Students Day Tri-Country Live Video Conference

International Students Day Tri-Country Live Video Conference

On the evening of November 16, 2017  —  to coincide with International Students Day on November 17th in Chita, Russia and Harbin, China  —  Siberian Bridges co-hosted a long-distance, live video-conference for university students from three countries—Russia, China, and the United States—on the theme of “The Student in the Age of Interconnectivity.”

During the conference, Chita, Russia students presented the “icebreaker,” a contest to try to identify some rustic Russian tools.

The participating institutions—in Chita, Russia: the Chita Institute of Baikal State University; in Harbin, China: Harbin Institute of Technology; and  in the USA: the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota—recruited students to share their experiences and perspectives with their peers overseas. The institutions offered videos about themselves, and provided interpreters, stenographers, and moderators.  Students in Harbin and Chita prepared papers focusing on International Students Day and its significance.  Lively discussions followed both the institution videos and the student presentations.  The liveliest topic was about practical concerns that arise around volunteering as a student.  There was great interest among both the students and the hosting institutions in continuing such video-conferencing, perhaps as an annual event, perhaps as smaller events about particular topics, perhaps small meet ups for research.

International Students Day is a holiday observed all over the world that celebrates how international and exchange students enrich the learning environment and foster cross-cultural understanding. In the same spirit, we know that students in Chita, Harbin, and the Twin Cities will have much to learn from each other.  It was started by students in Czechslovakia in the 1930s after demonstrations against Fascism.

Here are some photos and below them are links to the translations of scripts of some of the videos (the Russian video was a student production with a song as the audio), and texts of the Chinese and Russian student presentations.

Chita, Russia: other half of the conference room. For them it began at 8:30am on November 17th.
Chita, Russia: half of the conference room with many observers. Two presenters are near the camera.
Harbin, China: Zoe Cai, organizer, is facing the camera. Hongyi Zhou, student presenter, is in the red sweater next to her.
Minneapolis, USA: Students upper left with SB’s Janet Stewart, translators lower center-right, Irene Duranczyk in red, SB’s Tom Dickinson in suitcoat, university tech expert Treden Wagoner behind Tom.
Minneapolis, USA: SB’s Kevin Brondum moderating with translators Yihong Cheng and Diana Yefanova
Minneapolis, USA: student participants with SB’s Janet Stewart. L to R: Liam Bunchung Ly, Janet, Mua Lee, Daniel Li, Polina Matveeva, Daniel Vang.







Intl video Conference program

Chita Russia Students English

University of Minnesota Students

Harbin China Inst of Technology Video Text

Harbin China Inst of Tech Students English

Chita Video Script in English

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