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The story of me and China—written by Ms.May Ei Myaing (Class of 2021)

Introduction

  First of all, I would like to express myinterest in the financial system in terms of technical know-how, learning fromChina and also applying to Myanmar. In keeping with the valuable relationship and mutual respect between the PRC and Myanmar, I have an ambition to serve a sound banking system and economic development, much like the successful steps of China. In the past, in 2003 and 2008, the degrees of Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Commerce were conferred on me by the Yangon University of Economics.Although my main consideration was accounting and finance, I had many achievements to hand for local and international training. However, they were inadequateto be dutiful officers because our academic background and experience were still needed to cope with the real changes currently occurring in Myanmar. As aresult, it was required to have a Master's Degree from a very advanced andesteemed country, like China. Thus, I applied to the Shanghai NationalAccounting Institute, also called the Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Institute. Fortunately, I was selected for the MOFCOM scholarship via the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Myanmar. I absolutely believe thatthe scholarship program will be valuable not only for me, but for myorganization, the Central Bank of Myanmar, and my motherland as well. China isone of the world’s largest economic countries, and SNAI, a well-knowninstitute, is also a part of China. For me, I had a lot of experience to shareabout studying in China and also the days of online learning. Arriving in China was the first time, and I attained a lot of knowledge and experience from the Master of Professional Accounting program. SNAI has first-class teaching by carrying out various training workshops, efficient teaching techniques, and development issues, which also fulfilled my perception of a two-year studying life. 

Learning Experience 

    As an international student, I had the opportunity to learn about the Chinese language,macroeconomics, auditing theory and practice, strategic management,international accounting standards and comparisons. Among them, ChineseLanguage is the course I like the most. In addition, SNAI’s management was effective with accommodation, airport transfers, course arrangements, and field internship management. We, thirty students from Asia and Africa, were studying together and having a good time at the international exchange center.

    Besides, we were compatible with the Zoom experience for the live streaming technology and watched playback video in a format similar to normal in a classroom setting. Moreover, I learned from virtual workshops and Asian Evaluation Week events via a webinar managed by SNAI. On the other hand, there were difficulties in online learning courses,such as internet connection and electricity shortages from home countries. We must submit any course assignments given by professors on time. Online studentsmust pay attention to the deadline because of the time difference between Beijin gtime and the local time zone when learning outside China. One of the happiest times was when I achieved the best homework grade, qualifying me and some of mycolleagues for the Auditing Theory and Practice Course.

Chinese Language 

    The students could betterprepare for the online Chinese course. For me, I was very interested in theChinese language (中文) even though it was too difficult,and I passed with excellent grades. There was dictation every week, as usual,and we took a picture of the dictation test paper and sent it to TA. Really, Igot a lot of knowledge about Chinese characters, BOYA Chinese exercises,Chinese movies, and music. Continuously, up to now, I have been self-learningthe Chinese language from my home country. 

Beautiful Campus 

    I had noted thatthere were so many lovely flowers and cute animals on the whole campus. The dining room was also clean, and it was possible to get fresh fruits and dumplings, which were the most attractive to me. The playground was large enough for me and my benevolent friends from Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Africa to play sports there. For the most interesting time, we enjoyed going around the campus as well as visiting outside Shanghai on the 70th PRC National Day.Actually, the good-looking campus gave us affording pleasure, a nice atmosphere, and a relaxing environment for winter vacation. 

Nantong trip 

    Luckily, it was given to the students as an opportunity to learn about China’s reform and development during the field visit to Nantong City, JiangsuProvince, on December 17–20, 2019 for on-site training. We arrived at the ChinaAbacuses Museum, Luolai Group, Jinghua Pharmaceutical Group Co. Ltd., Nantong Museum, Jiangsu Provincial Tax Service, State Administration of Taxation,Jiangsu Dasheng Group Co., Ltd., and Zhouji Green Expo Garden and obtained avariety of knowledge and experience about China’s economic development. After coming back from the trip, we submitted the field-study reports to the master's program. 

    On the trip, I was very interested in the fruitfulness of China’s textile industry, particularly the Luolai Group. It was equally active in carrying out CSR work in order to achieve balanced growth of the enterprise while focusing on promoting harmony among the enterprise, staff, environment, and society. For me, I would like to share my learning experience from China's textile industry with Myanmar's textile industry. 

Economic Development 

    China was a rising economic force in the world, and the two most well-known cities could have been Shenzhen and Alibaba Cloud City. The former one aims to be a world-class innovative city by 2035, while the latter one has been piloted at the company's headquarters in Hangzhou since 2017, using AI technology in urban management. Moreover, experience and lessons from China could show that government-business relationships were welcome everywhere and experimentalism was one of the best ways to seek opportunity. The study in China was investigated in terms of the economy, culture, business environment, and belt and road initiative. Regarding society and the economy, the government provided a healthy quality of life and sought a green environment and friendly policies for its people. Obviously, the unity of the Chinese people was the strength to drive out the Wuhan Virus and the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Understanding China 

    One of the online courses, Understanding China (中国概况) has introduced me to the basics of Chinese culture comprehensively and systematically. Furthermore, that course covered many aspects of China, including philosophy and religion, politics and economy, literature, and art. Concerning the ancient Chinese management philosophies, there was a great chance to get a glimpse into the management of the great thinkers. That was followed by a brief introduction including scripts such as Weiliaozi, Hanfeizi, Sushu, Laozi, Sanlue, Liutao, and Lunyu. We, the students, grasped the important trends of changes in accounting rules over the world regarding the conceptual framework, better transmission, extractive cooperation activities, and rate regulation. Literally, the Chinese management philosophy greatly emphasizes the personal development of leaders, the education of subordinates, and personal growth in areas such as strategic management and staff training plans. Besides gaining that kind of knowledge, me and international students enjoyed being together with our beloved teachers at SNAI's annual party celebration.

Chinese Paint 

    China is one of the world’s oldest civilizations and most culturally unique nations, such as painting. After we had successfully completed the third semester, on-campus and online students participated in a New Year’s Eve activity led by SNAI. On December 30, 2020, the painting activity was held, and we learned under the guidance of the professor and TAs in the regular script by drawing winter sweet flowers and Chinese characters on painting brushes. 

Research Achievement 

    The reform of China’s financial system and those of other developed countries would be a great asset for my research and would strongly contribute to the well-being of my country. I would like to contribute to that kind of development by following in the footsteps of the illustrious China through proper reform. In addition, the Master's Thesis was successfully completed, and I was very grateful to my professor, who supervised a great deal of time, encouragement, and valuable guidance in preparing the qualified thesis. Furthermore, I heartily thank the related panelists and thesis in charge who supported me during my thesis journey. 

Conclusion 

    In essence, the students were required to complete a minimum of 42 credits for regular courses and a master's thesis within the assigned timeframe. After overcoming so many struggles with diligence and hard work, the Master’s degree of honorable SNAI was conferred on me, and I was rated qualified. Furthermore, the ongoing development reforms in China will certainly build up vast knowledge, experience, and well-regarded procedures, creating a "win-win" benefit for both China and Myanmar’s fruitful future. In my opinion, SNAI's teachers are constant successes in terms of coordinating and collaborating among themselves, as well as gathering supportive and constitutive comments from current students and alumni. In addition, the opportunity via the WeChat announcement means alumni could currently participate in the enjoyable videos of China’s development in the past seven decades in seven aspects such as communication,agriculture, mobile payment, green China, transportation, entertainment, and public health. Subsequently, I will distribute goodwill and disseminate a variety of key learning tips from all professors and TAs to my organization, colleagues, and peers. Regarding SNAI, China, the photos mentioned below are valuable milestones in my life.

   As an alumni, I am grateful for the efficient program of SNAI and for having a peaceful life during the scholarship timeframe in China. Likewise, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the People’s Republic of China, the MOFCOM, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and the Central Bank of Myanmar. Furthermore, I would like to express my sincere thanks to my devoted parents, who have prayed for me throughout my learning journey. After I received 上海国家会计学院– SNAI’s degree certificates and sovereign, which were sent from my beloved institute to the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar, I became very proud of SNAI's alumni. I will never forget "Adventure with SNAI" in China. Moreover, I warmly welcome the opportunity to further strengthen communication and cooperation with my valuable institute. Authentically, the teachers' and alumni's friendship and life-long love are undeniably bound up as a family, and it is certain that ONCE SNAI, ALWAYS SNAI. Finally, the story of me and China is treasured as a critical point, in other words, a great leading light throughout my whole life.

  

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