Max: I Can Realize My Potential in Chengdu

Authors: Li Gen


There is a German student at Sichuan University (SCU), who spends most of the day at the lab. He is Maximilian Grimm, a doctoral candidate at the School of Life Science, SCU.
Despite having obtained a Master's Degree in Biomedical Informatics at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Max, a diligent and aspiring young man, chose to further his research on the academic field at Ludwig Maximilian University.
While doing research in Munich, Max contemplated an idea of pursuing a Doctor's Degree. At an academic exchange event, Max heard of SCU, a higher learning institution in southwest China's Chengdu City. He was informed that the biology discipline at the university is one of the best in China, and enjoys some reputation worldwide.
At that time, Max was curious about booming China, especially Chengdu, a city in the country's western regions. "Relatively, western China is less economically developed than eastern regions of the country. Why is there such a renowned university as SCU there?" Max searched "Chengdu" a lot on the Internet, and it dawned on him that the city is really special. It was titled "City of Gastronomy" in 2010 by UNESCO, selected as the host city of the 2013 Fortune Global Forum, and named as one of the 52 Places to Go in 2015 by The New York Times, etc.
Max found that Chengdu's economic indicators had surpassed those of most eastern coastal cities in China. As an open metropolis, Chengdu has seen the presence of numerous Fortune Global 500 companies. "Two years before I came to SCU, German Chancellor Ms. Angela Dorothea Merkel had already visited the city. Her coming showed that Chengdu is a city of charm," he said.
Max has visited many places of interest in and around Chengdu since he entered SCU in September 2016. He noted that he is a frequenter of Sichuan Opera House. "Sichuan Opera impresses me a lot, even though I can't understand what the performers voice and sing. I'm fascinated by their unique costumes and facial makeups, as well as melodious music," he added. Now he is devoted to studying the Chinese language, with an aim to better understand the city's profound culture and brilliant folk customs.
Talking about his career plan, Max revealed that he previously intended to return to his home nation after graduation, but now he has planned to stay and work here. He expressed that since the Consulate General of Germany in Chengdu was established in 2004, the city has attracted many large German companies. "Chengdu is prioritizing the development in bio-pharmacy, and has issued many policies to woo high-caliber personnel. I'm a doctoral student in bioinformatics at SCU. I believe I can realize my potential in the city."

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