When students get to the second year in our university, there comes a
chance to choose a second major. In spite that they have already got
lots of work in their first major, however, quite a number of students
choose them. What’s more, some courses are in other universities, for
instance, Wu Han University, Wu Han University of Technology. These
students spend much more time and effort on both their first and second


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Why do so many students choose the second major?

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By LIU CE and WU YONG in Shenyang

“Because it is very useful, especially when China has joined the WTO. A
specialist once said an engineer who doesn’t know economy is not a true
engineer. So I choose the second major.” A student from Wu Han
University of Technology shared his opinion.


Insisting on a combination of innovation and tradition is what helped
NortheasternUni­versity gain recognition in the 2016­17 World University
Rankings published by Times Higher Education last week, according to
Zhao Ji, the uni­versity’s president.

“Well, I don’t have a definite aim, but I have a lot of time. In order
to avoid wasting time, I wanna make my schedule tight. At the same time,
I can get more under the pressure of teacher and money I have spent.” A
student from the English Department in our university said.

1.Do you work or study?

“A university is a community of scholars, an open system,” Zhao
said.“Therefore,asauni­versity, we should open the door to the world to
keep pace with the times.

“You know the competition in the employment market is so fierce
nowadays. One more certificate, one more opportunity. If I try harder,
in return, I’ll get more.” Hua Zhong Agricultural University’s student
said that.

I graduated a few years ago and I’m now in full time employment.

“ At the same time,a university is the best system for passing down
cultural traditions. Every university is unique, with its own character,
but should maintain a balance between innovation and inheritance. We can
also show the charm of Chinese culture and absorb the essence of foreign
culture through exchanges with different countries.”

Of course, there are students who don’t take any other major. “I enjoy
the present life and don’t want to keep myself so busy.” A student in
the Foreign Language School said.

2.What is your job?

Northeastern is making its first appearance in the rankings, sitting in
22nd placeamong the 52 Chinese mainland universities listed.

“I can attend these informative lectures and go to library. That does
help my study and improve my ability. Consequently, there’s no need to
take a second major.”

I’m currently an English teacher working for the British Council in Ho
ChiMinh City.

Founded in 1923 in Shenyang, Liaoning province, NEU is one of the
national key universities under the direct administration of the
Ministry of Education. It has a strong disciplines tructure and
maintains a leading national position in many sections, including
scientific research and teaching of metallurgy, mechanical engineering,
automation and biomedical engineering.

A teacher in Wu Han University expressed her idea: “The students
choosing a second major have the courage to challenge themselves. I
appreciate it very much. Nevertheless, do think twice before leap. The
second major will cost a lot especially when you want to learn it well.
Take this matter seriously and preserve the time and money.”

3.Why did you choose that job?

With its policy of being open to the world, NEU has established
long­term stable academic cooperation with 198 universities and
institutions in 34 countries and regions. More than 300 well­known
overseas experts are invited to give lectures or participate in
cooperative scientific research projects annually.

The teacher’s remarks literally make sense. Before we make up our minds,
we should rethink this matter. Then once we take the choice, we shall do
our utmost.
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I was previously a lawyer and found it to be reallystressful and never
had any free time, so after quitting that job I thoughtteaching might be
the complete opposite of being a lawyer, you know not asstressful and
more time off.

Nearly 700 NEU faculty members and more than 500 students participate in
various international academic exchange programs each year. In
2015,therewere 1,233 foreign students from 78 countries and regions at
NEU for academic exchanges.


4.Are there lots of English teachers in Ho Chi MinhCity?

“There are four main characteristics of NEU’S internationalization,”
Zhao said.“First, we are developing fast. Second, internationalization
has infiltrated many fields. Third, our internationalization has
geographical features, with emphasis on Northeast Asia. Finally, we have
a great deal of international cooperation in our courses, teaching
materials, teaching resources and scientific research.”


Oh yes! There is a such a big demand for English as

“Although NEU is behind when compared with many globally famous
universities, we are on the way.”


a second language here and it’s also quite a cheap place to live
compared to many other big cities inAsia.

According to Zhao, the number of overseas students will reach 3,000 in
the future, accounting for 10 percent of all students, which signals a
high degree of internationalization.


5.Do you enjoy your job?

“The internationalization of higher education is the inevitable outcome
of economic globalization,” Zhao said. “But universities with higher
internationalization levels around the world don’t give up their own


Most of the time. It’s very rewarding to be able to help people everyday
and the students here are very hardworking and fun to teach, but
yousometimes have lessons that do go so well and the money could always
be better.

“ Moreover, the internationalization of universities cannot follow the
same model everywhere. It should have its own path in line with each
nation’s and university’s situation. We cannot measure internationa
lization by any single index. However, there are some key points, such
as educational philosophy and the number of international students, and
teachers that can reflect the degree of internationalization.”


6.Do you get on well with your co-workers?

To achieve its goals, NEU is using more international evaluation
criteria for teachers. The proportion of teachers with overseas exchange
experience will be increased.


Yes, fine. I don’t really see work as part of my social life, so I

Also, the university will expand its cooperation with foreign
universities, especially on student exchange projects.



And it is building more exchange platforms. For example, NEU will hold a
Sino­Japan forum and take part in an Asian university forum next year.

socialise with them, so I suppose I could be more friendly, but it’s
just my nature to be a bit colder with

“We will keep an open mind to the world and actively embrace the world,”
Zhao said.

colleagues. I think it’s more professional to be that way.

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7.What was your first day at work like?

There were lots of teachers starting at the sametime as me, 10 I think,
so we all had a big induction day. The more seniorteachers ran workshops
with us to familarise us with the different systems theyhad and then we
went for a team dinner in the evening.

8.What responsibilities do you have at work?

All of the teachers main responsibility is to plangood lessons and then
teach them to the best of our ability. On top of that wehave several
admin. tasks to carry out like mark homework, fill out attendancesheets
and write reports.

9.Would you like to change your job in the future?

Yes, as I said before, I like working by myself, so

I would like to be my own boss. I’m currently developing my own website,
so if it’s successful I will leave teaching and work on itfull time.
This will also give me more time to work on other projects.

10.What is your typical day like in work?

I normally have 2 or 3 classes in the evening and Istart the day by
doing all the planning at home. This normally takes between anhour or
two depending on the lessons. I then take the rest of the day to
spendwith my family, before going to work around 3 to print off my
materials andthen I teach all evening.

11.What would you change about your job?

As with most English teachers, we have to teachwhat is on the curriculum
and this can mean that you are teaching some thingsthat are quite boring
or not very useful for your students, so I would like tohave more
freedom to teach outside the syllabus.


1.Do you work or study?

I’m currently a student at Queen’s University, Belfast.

2.What do you study?

I study law because it’s a really well thought of degree and I’m hoping
to pursue it as a career in the future.

3.Is it a popular subject at your university?

Very popular, in fact it’s one of the most sought after courses. I think

there are about 350 people reading law at Queen’s. I think lots of
student’s parents want them to study law so they can get agood job after
they graduate.

4.Do you enjoy studying it?

It’s such a huge subject that there will always be parts you like and

you don’t like.

I find Human Rights fascinating because it can really make a difference

peoples’lives. On the other hand, modules like LandLaw and Equity are
really boring.

5.Do you get along with your classmates?

Yes, they are all really great. Most people like tosocialise together in
the evenings and this makes us a very tight group. If youknow someone
socially, it is much easier to work together in class.

6.If you could change to another subject, whatwould it be?

I planned to study medicine, but then when I went

on work experience I fainted at the first sight of blood, so definitely

that. I’m areal history buff and read books about World War 2 all the
time, so I supposeit would have to be Modern History.

7.Do you plan to use the subject you are studyingin the future?

Yes, I’ve already started to apply for jobs as a lawyer. We normally
have tosecure a job a year before we graduate and then work very hard to
get a highoverall mark. After that, I will probably do a Masters in law
to become aspecialist in one particular area.

8.What is the most difficult part of your subject?

You have to remember lots of legislation and casesand not only remember
their names, but also how the affect each part of the lawand how they
interact with each other. Physically it can also be exhaustingbecause we
have to read very dense texts for a few hours every day.

9.What would like to study in the future?

As I said before, my favourite type of law is Human

Rights, so I would like to do a masters in International Human Rights
Law. it’s right at the cutting edge of my field and there

are also lots of very high profile cases in the media, so it’s really
exciting and something I would like tobecome an expert in.

10.Why did you choose your university?

Mostly because it is close to my hometown and most

of my friends were going there. I kind of regret it now. It’s a great
university, but because it’s so close to home it doesn’t give you much
of a chance to experience new

things and meet new people. If I were to choose again, I’d study abroad.



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