Friday, April 20, 2007

DB2 on Campus program in China

Last Friday I finished my first tour in China for year 2007. This time I visited 10 universities in 8 cities reaching approximately 1000 students and teachers. China is a large and great country. I am always amazed every time I visit its universities; most of them include a hospital, a hotel, many restaurants, and of course many classrooms and labs. I believe the smallest university I visited had 20,000 students, and the largest 60,000!. In China I normally get large attendance to my speeches and courses. The largest one was 300+ students at SCUT. University infrastructure in China is just as amazing as the desire for Chinese students to learn more and improve themselves. China is where my grandparents came from, but unfortunately, I don't speak Chinese, so I'm always in trouble when dealing with the locals (eg: Ordering at a restaurant). Closing my eyes and pointing to the menu has served me well so far =). As part of the DB2 on Campus program for the rest of the year, local IBMers may be able to replicate the program. I'm also hoping DB2 User Groups start flourishing. Some universities such as Xi'an JiaoTong University, Wuhan university of technology, and Jilin university are working to set up their DB2 User groups and Web sites. I hope to collect their URLs soon and post them in the DB2 Express-C web site.


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