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Foreign students in Wuhan [3]: Tania from Cape Verde

Source: hubei.gov.cn 12/05/2018 04:12:42

During the 40 years of China’s reform and opening up, more an more Wuhan students went overseas to pursue advanced education while rising foreign students came to Wuhan, a “city of universities” in central China.

At present, over 20,000 students hailing from countries and regions in excess of 170 are studying in Hubei, and most of them are in Wuhan. Compared with the top countries of student source like Pakistan, India, Nepal and Vietnam, some foreign students’ home country are those less-known lands.

Over the next few weeks, a series of articles about these students and their lovely homelands are ready to unfold.


塔妮娅 31岁 Name: Mendes Goncalves Tania, 31 years old

佛得角 From: the Republic of Cape Verde

中国地质大学(武汉)丝绸之路学院 Studying at: the Silk Road Institute of China University Of Geosciences, Wuhan


“My home country is consist of islands, and even the beach is just out of the window of my house,” said Mendes Goncalves Tania, a PhD candidate at the Silk Road Institute of China University Of Geosciences, Wuhan.


Tania, 31, hails from the Republic of Cape Verde, an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. Verde is Portuguese for "green” , so Cape Verde is referred to as the “green cape”. It has population of more than 500,000 people on a combined area of slightly over 4,000 square kilometres and enjoys an important geographical location as a stronghold. Before the opening of the Suez Canal, the ships shuttling between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans all ought to pass through its capital city Praia.


“My country has good reputation for music and charming beaches, as well as hospitable people, ” said Tania, “We have four international airports and three domestic airports. Residents generally rely on cars on the islands, but aircrafts and ships between them.”


In 2013, Tania was granted the Chinese Government Scholarship and arrived in Wuhan after 2-day flight for the study of cartography and geographic information engineering. After finishing the master's degree, she continued to apply for the PhD program on science and technology of surveying and mapping. "My Chinese is not that good, but with PPT, I can understand my lessons in Chinese," she said.


In the earlier days of her arrival, Tania often got lost in the campus, but now she can go out alone to hang around. She is interested in watching movies, jogging and reading, and always spend spare time at Chu River and Han Street or East Lake.


Tania has greatly fitted into the local life. In Cape Verde, She lives on seafood, beans and rice. However, after she came to Wuhan, her diets are inseparable from steamed stuffed buns, fried rice and fresh vegetables. “I love spicy food, the spicier the better, ” she said, stunning the others. In addition, she has found her daily life cannot go without WeChat and Alipay, the same as the local people.


The most romantic thing happened to Tania was that she fell in love with a yound man who comes from the same country in Wuhan. He was studying at the Wuhan University of Technology at that time and returned to Cape Verde two years ago.


As for the future, Tania is full of confidence. She planed to work as a teacher in the university of her hometown, engaging in professional research. “Many Chinese are seeking business opportunities in Cape Verde now, and you can also see lots of Chinese visitors there,” she said.


(Source: Chutian Metropolis Daily; translator & editor: Ruan Xinqi/hubei.gov.cn)


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