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Tampere Ambassador: Xin LAI

Where are you from?
I am from Ya’an city, Sichuan Province, P.R. China, a small city with inhabitants of 1,530,000 (2013), Well I guess you cannot measure a Chinese city by the population:0. My hometown is also the hometown of our national treasure, pandas. It is a mountainous city, with a lot forests, bamboos, tea trees gardens and wild mushrooms. The nickname of my city is “Rainy City” because it rains a lot all the year around. The climate and demographic situation is truly totally different from Tampere

What would you like to tell about yourself?
I am LAI, Xin (in Chinese: 赖昕)an out-going and joyful Chinese girl who always laughing and taking pictures of everything new to me. Haha, basically I enjoy exploring different cultures and visiting different places, so travelling is one of my favorite activities and I am dreaming about travelling around the world. But somehow I also want to open a café in my hometown in Sichuan province, China. I hope I can get all interesting things and people together in my café.

Why is Tampere the best place to live?
Honestly speaking, I’ve never thought about it before I came to Tampere in January of 2015 with my Erasmus+ master programme, Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE). It was my first time to experience how to live in a snowy world for 4 months. And it turns out to be the most special one! I explored Tampere in many ways, winter sports, the oldest sauna, the breathtaking sunset view from the sky bar of SOKOS Hotel, the forest, the lake, friendly (and English-speaking) Fins, the unlimited data on mobile phone package, the best cinnamon roll in the world! And of course the northern light! I could tell many more great experiences in Tampere, and they are my life-long memories for sure!

What are your professional activities?
I am currently studying in a EU commission sponsored master program, Erasmus Mundus+ joint master program of Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE). Now I am studying in Osnabrueck, Germany for my last semester and doing my master thesis and I am going to graduate this July. I am now looking for a job that I can put my international experience and my passion into it.

What is your involvement in international activities?
My previous internship experience as the teacher of AIESEC University in Rzeszow, Poland opened my eyes about the western world. And I successfully helped my home university Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) to cooperate with the local polish university.

When I was assisting the Dragon-Star Project in FFG (Vienna, Austria), I also developed my skills as keeping internal/external communication updated to various stakeholders, researching and analyzing information on field projects, and providing general administration and support.

I assume that the 2-year study/life experience with classmates from 14 different countries and the mobility of Austria-Finland-China-Germany strengthen interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

What is your mission as a Tampere All Bright! Ambassador?
I would like to promote Tampere as a great place to travel and study to my network in China. I could see the communication between China and Finland is increasing in the last years. I hope Tampere could be known for more Chinese and we could have more transnational higher educational programmes. Maybe I could help to promote the universities in Tampere and connect with Chinese universities and to have more communication and collaboration.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
As a city of successful transformation from the traditional manufacturing to a smart city, Tampere has a lot potential to show us and we want more! Maybe the software industries and start-up models could be invested by more Chinese stakeholders or be applied in the fast emerging Chinese market.

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