Emma Kazarian, Jilin University, Ophthalmology
February 21, 2016
The number of Armenian students studying in China is increasing annually. The Chinese Government Scholarship Program as well as scholarship programs offered by the Ministry of Science and Education of Armenia and many other such programs offer a wide range of opportunities for Armenians who wish to study in one of the most powerful countries in the world today. China’s economic development is based on government investment in education, and a period spent studying in China offers a unique chance to learn the language of the world’s second largest economy. For this edition of ChinaHAY newsletter, we interviewed Armenian students to find out why and how they came to China, the advantages and disadvantages of studying in China, how best to overcome any difficulties and what their visions are for the future. Emma Kazarian, Jilin University, Ophthalmology In 2012 the Ministry of Education of Armenia announced an educational program, and I came to China after receiving that scholarship. From my viewpoint, being a student in another country forces you to be more organized and to learn to make decisions on your own. It makes you a more responsible person, and I appreciate this greatly. Studying in China is a big advantage for me because I can get engaged in research, which provides the chance to participate in international conferences. It is also great benefit to have a large number of patients, who supply a large amount of practical knowledge. I think the main difficulties arise because of a lack of knowledge of the language, as well as from the differences in culture.The Armenian Students’ Union in China helps students to overcome these difficulties. The union also helps you to feel less alone, as you can interact with other Armenian students in China and learn about important events. I believe that China’s online conference, organized by the Students’ Union, was a very interesting and successful project, which provided great opportunities for students to learn about each other’s achivements and represent our own scientific work. Another good thing about our students’ union is that it is active and creative, and its members are dedicated to their work. I wish great success to our students studying in China and greater opportunities in the future, including the chance to return to Armenia and use our knowledge and experience for the prosperity of our country. My wish is for our students and newcomers to be strong, to overcome any difficulties they may face, as well as fully enjoying the student life in China. Emma Kazarian, Jilin University, Ophthalmology 09/2012-07/2015 Jilin University, Norman Bethune College of Medicine, Master in Ophthalmology, Changchun, China Thesis: Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Corneal Neovascularization: Comparison of Different Application Routs Publications： Nov 30, 2014 Mesenchymal Stem Cell Transplantation for Retinal Degenerations and Dystrophies: Present and Future. American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (), First Author. Aug 20, 2014 Recent Advances of Stem Cell Therapy for Retinitis Pigmentosa – International Journal of Molecular Sciences (), Co-author. Presentations: Apr 3, 2015 Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Corneal Wound Healing, the 30th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress (APAO 2015, Abstract Ref ID: FP-000453), Guangzhou, China Conferences: Apr 1-4, 2015 The 30th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress (APAO 2015), Guangzhou, China Nov 30, 2014 First Online Conference of Armenian Researchers and Students in China Apr 2-6, 2014 World Ophthalmology Congress 2014 (WOC 2014), Tokyo, Japan Nov 9-11, 2013 The 9th International Symposium of Ophthalmology (ISO), Guangzhou, China Source Chinahay Newsletter No. 3., p. 7.