My name is Yan Jiang and my English name is Tony. I majored in English when I was at Shanghai University. After graduation, I joined the Shanghai International Culture Association. I have been working there for more than twenty years. Now I am in charge of the Economy and Finance Division as a deputy chief.
Shanghai International Culture Association (SICA) is a people-to-people friendship organization engaged in international culture exchanges and is a municipal-level civil society organization. It is dedicated to conducting international exchanges, through which it strengthens mutual understanding and friendly cooperation between people from all over the world. My present work in the area of cultural exchange services urges me to learn more about the current situations in this field of foreign countries. It is a great opportunity for me to have a place on the Enterprise Research Fellowship Scheme at University of Warwick.
I hope I can learn more and have a better understanding of British culture. I also would like to have the opportunity meet the people who are serving in the same field during the next six months in UK. I am keen to learn some new skills and share the experiences with these people and hopefully build up co-operative relationships with them. It is not only beneficial to my future work, but also serves the interests of people in both countries.
Tony's final presentation was given on 5 June 2009 when he reflected on basic school education in China (PowerPoint slides) - this was inspired by a visit to Myton School in Leamington Spa.