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【留学生专访】Eduardo Meythaler:从拉美到深圳
日期:2017-04-26 09:46:58   来源:   评论:0    点击:

  搬到一个陌生的国家可不是一件容易的事。这是充满挑战、令人生畏的决定,虽然对有些人来说也有可能是很自然的下一步。当Eduardo Meythaler发现他有搬到中国的想法时,他正在厄瓜多尔的首都,基多的Universidad de Los Hemisferios学习商务与金融。在上学的同时,他还在一个建筑公司的金融部门工作,而该公司的主要客户是华为——现在世界上最大的跨国电信设备制造商。通过与华为的接触和交易,他决定要学习中文并打算在中国攻读硕士学位。几年后,Eduardo 已经就读于北京大学的汇丰商学院,并刚刚完成了第三学期的管理学习。

 

  当时下定决定飞过太平洋去中国上学的Eduardo马上着手调查中国不同学校的硕士课程。他在选择硕士项目时考虑的因素有:英文授课、生活条件等。当他看到北大的汇丰商学院时,他说自己“立刻就爱上了这里的课程”,而且学院对校园生活、社团以及课程的详细资料使他更加确认这就是他要去的地方。到现在,Eduardo上的课大多是必修课,而这学期正在上计量经济学、策略管理以及中国研究。因为他以前学的是商务方向的,所以在这里学习时会遇到以前没有学过的内容,但他并不介意:“没关系,因为在这里你会遇到很多来自世界各地的人,光是从他们不同的文化、背景与观点你就能学习到很多了。”

 

  学校里目前只有三位拉丁美洲人,而Eduardo便是其中一个。但他希望这样的现状会很快改变。“这里的确有很多的机会,尤其是在拉美与中国的关系方面”,他强调到,“因为很多厄瓜多尔的公司想与中国做生意”。他承认尽管彼此存在着文化与语言上的障碍,但同时,这对那些希望填补这些障碍的人来说更是一个非常好的机会。“汇丰商学院全日制的学生们在这里有充足的时间和机会来了解中国,并了解人们的行为和喜好”,他补充到。他当时只是宣布了被北京大学深圳研究生院录取的消息,就吸引了不少在厄瓜多尔的人希望跟他做生意。“每个人都在谈论中国,但是只有少数想尝试并搬来这里,所以对我来说这是一个很大的优势!”Eduardo说道。本身就有商业头脑的他,在这里完成两年的硕士课程的同时也不会错过任何一个机会。

 

  虽然他喜欢安静的校园环境,但他会尽可能地走出校园去体验深圳这座城市。“我喜欢到校园外去。我给自己定了一个规则,就是每周一次至少去校外探索深圳,跟当地人交流。”在周末的时候,你可能会在犹如迷宫的华强北发现Eduardo,或者看到他在大芬油画村跟画家们在喝茶聊天,甚至是在人民公园跟当地居民一起唱歌跳广场舞。这不但是可以暂时放下繁重的课业的机会,更是一个能让他练习中文并真正体验深圳的生活的一种方式。“在中国做的每一件事情都是一种体验,每天都可以看到新鲜的事物。其实一个人很容易每天过着相同的生活,做着一样的事情。但是在这里,即使去平山村走一走都可以发现新事情。”

记者:Megan Mancenido
译者:杨婉冬

 

  Moving to China is a big leap. For some it’s intimidating, for others it’s a natural next step. But for many people, it’s a little bit of both. Eduardo Methayler was studying business and finance at the Universidad de Los Hemisferios in Quito, Ecuador when he realized he wanted to move to China. While in school, he also worked in the finance department of a construction company whose main client was Huawei—a Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment manufacturer, which is now the world’s largest.  As a result of their dealings, he decided to study Mandarin and pursue a master’s degree here in China.Just a few years later, Eduardo is three academic quarters into his first year at Peking University HSBC Business School (PHBS) where he studies management.

 

   After making up his mind to move across the Pacific, Eduardo set off to do research. To sift through all of the programs in China, he factored in the availability of an English program, curriculum, and living conditions between China’s top cities, among other things. However, after coming across PHBS he says he “fell in love instantly with the program,” adding that the plethora of information on campus life, associations, and classes helped assure him of his decision in moving across the world. In his time so far, Eduardo has mostly taken required courses and is currently enrolled in Econometrics, Strategic Management, and China Studies. Because he studied business before, he has come across certain topics that he’s previously studied but he doesn’t mind at all, saying, “It’s cool because you have many people from different parts of the world. They all have different backgrounds and perspectives, and you get a lot out of that.”

 

  On campus, Eduardo is one of just three Latin Americans but he hopes that will soon change. “It really is the land of opportunities,” he stresses that this is especially true of Latin American-Chinese relations. “A lot of businesses [in Ecuador] want to do business with China,” though he acknowledges the cultural and lingual barriers to doing so. But this makes the situation even better for those looking to bridge that gap. He says of full-time students, “[we] have the proper time to understand China and learn about how people behave and what they prefer—it’s so worth it,” adding that merely announcing his acceptance to PKU Shenzhen already had people back home eager to do business with him in the future. “Everyone is talking about China, but only a few want to give it a try and move here—so that’s a huge plus!” With a head for business, it goes without saying that while completing his two-year master’s program here, Eduardo has also got an eye out for any future opportunities.

 

  Although he enjoys the quiet campus environment, he pushes himself to experience Shenzhen as much as possible. “I love to go outside of campus. I have a rule where I have to go outside of campus at least once a week and explore Shenzhen and talk with locals.” On weekends, you could find Eduardo anywhere from the electronics maze that is HuaqiangBei, to enjoying a cup of tea with the artists at Dafen Oil Painting Village—or even at Renmin Park singing and dancing with the crowds on the square. Not only does he find this to be a great getaway from classes and assignments, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to practice his Chinese and truly live life in Shenzhen. “Everything in China is an experience; you will see something new every day and that is cool because normally you can get lost in a routine, but here you can even just go to Pingshan [neighboring ‘village’] and everything is different.”

 

  Despite never having set foot in China before moving here, he’s enamored by it all. “When people come to China and see how it really is, they will fall in love,” Eduardo tells me. He speaks highly of his new city, particularly its overall convenience, safety and unique cross between the old and the new. Despite reading books and watching videos to prepare you for your arrival in China, it will still be a shock that takes time to overcome. Eduardo advises those interested in moving to China to prepare by picking up a little survival Chinese, “Even though you cannot have whole conversations, you can at least transmit some ideas for ordering food, grabbing taxis… I couldn’t imagine myself arriving to China without knowing ‘Ni hao’!”

 

  As for what’s to come after graduation, Eduardo is keeping his options open. “For sure I want to do business between Latin America and China. I know that in the long term, I want to be [in Latin America] because I want to give back to my region. But I definitely want to work closely with China. I know that’s a huge challenge but I’m confident in it.”  In the meantime, he’s enjoying campus and his life in China. Be it the voluntary military training he attends every Wednesday morning, eating grilled mantou(steamed bread) in Pingshan, or the hours spent in PHBS study areas poring over case studies, Eduardo is savoring every moment. “I would encourage more people to come to China. Of course it’s a challenge, but it’s completely worth it. Everything is changing and growing—it’s the right moment and place to be.”

Written by Megan Mancenido

 

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