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  • The Small-Town Life!

    As far as cities in Canada are concerned, everything is huge and vastly spread out. There are tall buildings and massive six lane highways everywhere. So when I made the move from Canada to UK, it was a big change for me. Not only is the weather considerably more bearable here, everything is much smaller than what I am initially used to. Guildford, for me, is a very small town (there’s ONLY four Starbucks here, including the one on campus!). I love it. I love being able to walk almost anywhere without having to wear insane amounts of winter gear. Back home, driving is practically mandatory as the public transport does not cover the entire city and the weather conditions are too harsh to walk/cycle. This experience is completely new and I am wholeheartedly welcoming it.

  • First thing- we study!

    Studying abroad is truly fun and enjoyable, meeting new friends, living with people from around the world, etc. Yet, do always bear in mind- we came here to study!

    One of the reasons why Hong Kong students chose to study abroad or study at University of Surrey is because they provide wide range of subjects for us to choose from. Many of these subjects were not taught in any Universities in Hong Kong, for details please refer to: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/undergraduate

    Apart from your own subject, you can also study a new language in University of Surrey. You can study many different kinds of languages such as Spanish, Korean, French, etc. for free! However, all these language modules are credits-bearing for undergraduates so please make sure you engage to the studies like any other modules! For details, please refer to: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/englishandlanguages/study/global_graduate/

  • Tis the Season

    As we have made it to that time of year again where everywhere looks that much prettier in the twinkling Christmas lights, and everyone is filled with seasonal good cheer it seems apt that the University Archives delve into its records.

    This is a blog of few words and many images.  Please enjoy looking at just a selection of the ways in which the University of Surrey has celebrated during this festive time throughout its history.

    Please note, the research room will be closed  Friday 19th December – Tuesday 13th January 2015.  We hope to see you all again in the New Year.

  • 圣诞节欧洲旅行

    还有一个星期圣诞节假期就要到来了,对于大学的学生来说会有三周的假期,这也是一个去欧洲旅行的好机会。圣诞节前的中期考试结束了,节后的考试还有一段时间复习,适合放松一下,而且学校里的大部分欧洲学生回家过圣诞节了,学校也变的异常的冷清,所以去欧洲过圣诞节也是个不错的选择,体会下不同的风土人情。

    首先,对于我们中国的学生去欧洲,需要申根签证,需要提前一两个月办理,一般申请后两天就可以拿到了,但是提交申请的时候,就需要定下旅行的计划,机票和宾馆。其实制定计划也并不是一个很复杂的过程,周全的设计,会使旅行更加便利,同时在计划中也会得到乐趣。

    其次,国家的选择上,西班牙葡萄牙法国意大利路线,荷兰德国奥地利瑞士方向,再就是北欧的几个国家比如挪威芬兰瑞典,土耳其冰岛爱尔兰也是大家经常去的国家。前两年的圣诞节我都去了欧洲旅行,也去到了一些国家,我不是很喜欢走马观花的十天好几国游,我都是十天左右去了两到三个国家的自由行。

    再就是,出游前的准备,换欧元,买保险,准备衣物,北欧还是很冷的,需要带足衣服哦。其实不用担心陌生的旅途,也许你会遇到热情的当地居民,同游的祖国同胞,还有一些新奇的事情,会使你的圣诞节变的丰富多彩。

    下面,我要介绍一些我最喜欢的地方,上传一些风景照片。希望大家喜欢,有机会小伙伴们也可以去看一看。

    1) 瑞士是目前我去过的最喜欢的欧洲国家,风景宜人,随便照一张照片都是一幅画。

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    少女峰峰顶

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    在下山的时候,小房子就象在画中一样

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    2) 西班牙的巴塞罗那,是高迪的城市,各色的建筑让你难以想象这是平常的房子,看上去就是艺术品。

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    著名的圣家堂,还在建造中。

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    内部的结构,真的很赞。高迪的建筑,巴塞罗那不愧是高迪之城。

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    3) 德国的慕尼黑的圣诞市场很推荐。各色的食物和浓重的圣诞气氛。

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    4) 奥地利的最美小镇,让人心旷神怡,完全沉浸在大自然中。

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    5) 意大利的威尼斯其实没有我想像的那么小,以前在小学课本中学到,以为是一个很小的地方,其实坐船到彩色岛,还需要做一段时间。

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    这是我去过的欧洲国家中,给我印象深刻的几个地方,等待大家去旅游,分享给有趣的故事给我们听。Merry Christmas :)

     

  • Sara Pasquetti gives a seminar at ETH in Switzerland

    grande_dixence0300-1 Sara Pasquetti visited the Department of Mathematics at ETH in Zurich Switzerland this week and gave a talk in the Mathematical Physics Seminar on “Holomorphic blocks and q-deformed correlators“.  A link to the announcement is here. In the talk she discussed how supersymmetric partition functions on various compact manifolds in two, three, four and five dimensions can be expressed in terms of a universal set of building blocks, the holomorphic blocks. Two and four dimensional holomorphic blocks can be reinterpreted as conformal blocks in Liouville theory through the Alday-Gaiotto-Tachikawa correspondence. She provided a similar realisation of three and five dimensional holomorphic blocks in a q-deformed version of Liouville theory where the Virasoro algebra is replaced by the q-deformed Virasoro algebra.

  • Christmas Break and New Year Plan

    3 tháng của học kì 1 vèo 1 cái đã qua nhanh và chỉ còn vài ngày nữa là kì nghỉ đông bắt đầu. các bạn ở Anh cũng như các bạn quốc tế đã sẵn sang vali để về nhà nghỉ nơi với gia đình và bạn bè thì đa phần sinh viên Việt Nam chúng mình lại chọn cách ở lại kì nghỉ đông để tranh thủ đi du lịch và tìm hiểu các vùng miền của Anh

    Guildford là một thị trấn nhỏ nằm cách London tầm 45’ chạ tàu. Đối với các sinh viên mới sang, trài nghiệm đón năm mới bên bờ song Thames, xem pháo hoa bắn ra từ đồng hồ Big Ben, cùng người dân bên nà đém ngược đến khoảnh khắc giao xuân từ vòng quay thiên nien kỉ London eye thì còn gì là độc đáo bằng đúng không? Nhưng trái lại vì năm nay xem pháo hoa bi mát tiền và chúng mình đã lỡ hạn mua vé và cũng đã 3 cái năm mới chen chúc ngắm pháo hoa trên thủ đô bên xứ bạn nên Oanh và mình đã quyết định bắt chuyến xe đi ngược lên miền bắc cho dịp năm mới năm nay đến thủ đô Edinburgh của xứ Scotland đe hòa mình vào lễ hội rước đuốc truyền thống của người dân Scotland.

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