How to deal with cultural difference discussed at first Columbia Beijing Education Panel

Alums from Teachers College and Columbia College share insights on how to highlight cultural characteristics in a multicultural environment.

December 22, 2018

For every international student, how to deal with cultural difference and how to highlight their cultural characteristics in a multicultural environment is a crucial part of their life.

On December 22, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing hosted the first panel discussion of Columbia Beijing Education Panel Series, discussing cultural difference, multicultural environment, and cultural competence. Two alumni speakers were invited, including Nancy Shi, TC'16, and Guy Sivan, CC'05.

Nancy earned her M.A. degree in International Educational Development at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Independent Education Consultant Association (IECA). She is also the research assistant at the Center on Chinese Education (CoCE), Teachers College, Columbia University.

Guy graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University with a dual degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. He currently works as the co-founder of Vericant that helps US schools better understand their Chinese applicants through on-demand video interviews.

Two speakers analyzed problems faced by Asian students in education enrollment in the U.S. from the perspective of cultural competence, and discussed how to show unique Asian culture in an international context. They also presented on the latest trend of admissions interview and tips for interview preparation.

More than 92,000 people watched the event online and more than 70 prospective students and their parents attended the event.