- In 2017 I was admitted by several universities, including Hong Kong Polytechnic University and another university in Norway, but I chose NMBU, Yanyan explains.
She is glad she landed on that decision.
In 2017 she had been working in Beijing for seven years after graduating from Northeast Forestry University in 2010. The Northeast Forestry University (NEFU) is situated in Harbin, at the centre of the largest state-owned forest region in China. It is a multidisciplinary university with forestry as its leading field and more than 27,000 students.
Despite the great contrasts between NMBU and NEFU, Beijing and Ås, she remembers her time at NMBU with affection.
- My mind often wanders back to NMBU, its beautiful scenery, good teachers, and the welcoming student community, but also to the friendly people in Ås and Norway.
She also admits that it was challenging to adjust to a different kind of learning, being far away from home, surrounded by another language, culture and habits.
- Sometimes I felt anxious and frustrated, but finally I made it. I want to express my sincere thanks to all the teachers, staff, and my classmates at NMBU, who gave me a lot of encouragement. I really miss you.
When Yanyan returned to China after completing her Master’s in International Relations in 2019, China, as most other parts of the world, was still heavily affected by the pandemic. After spending a year at home, she left for Guilin and her current position as a Foreign Affairs Specialist in the International Exchange and Cooperation Department. At Guilin Tourism University she manages the procedures of foreign visiting and undertakes Chinese language teaching, among other things.
Although separated by more than 12000 kilometers, Yanyan is still connected to NMBU through NMBU Alumni – the university network of current and former students and staff.
- After their studies our alumni are scattered to the four winds. I often wonder what they are doing now, and how they transform NMBU knowledge into practice. Yanyan’s story provides us with one example. I appreciate her sharing her story and I'm glad that we can continue to stay connected, says Marte Skjerping, senior advisor in alumni relations at NMBU.
We wish Yanyan the very best of luck on the road ahead.