As one of the first students who came from the University of Paderborn in Germany to Tsinghua University, I am proud to write the following lines:
As the opportunity opened up to come to Beijing in January of this year, I was very excited on the one hand, but also a little bit nervous about entering a totally unfamiliar environment as well as a different culture. Without knowing more than a few Chinese words and characters how would I survive? But this changed pretty fast: The longer I stayed the harder it becomes for me to leave one day. Therefore, I would like to take this as an opportunity to say: "THANKS!":
Firstly, special thanks to Prof. Fan and, also, to Prof. Suhl (Paderborn) who invited us (Mr. Linkewitsch and me) to write our master thesis at the Department of Automation at Tsinghua University. Their engagement to establish a student exchange between China and Germany enabled us to join Prof. Fan's laboratory in May 2000. Prof. Fan, as the local advisor for my thesis, shared his strong research results and pointed my direction. While working on my paper, he introduced me to the topic of knowledge management on which I will continue to concentrate on in my future.
Secondly, I like to mention all members of our laboratory. They were an excellent source of discussions, culture and insight exchange and even support, whenever needed. I found some very good friends.
Last but not least, I want to say thanks to all the people apart from the office that I was around with: Nevertheless, non-English communication was not easy for both sides sometimes. But a smile on everyone's face combined with the usage of fingers made the almost impossible to happen. This was also a great experience.
After six months in China, I can honestly say that I'm impressed. This stay broadened my personal horizon, and opened my eyes for the Chinese perspective of the world. I strongly recommend to proceed this exchange program and, of course, I look forward to welcome some of my friends in Germany!
Kind regards and best wishes!
Markus P. Thiel
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