Simon-Erdős School of Design Sciences (or “DESC”), hosted in British Columbia, Canada and Shanghai, China, collaborates with leading corporations and institutions for research – as global cross-border flows are shifting toward Asia on several dimensions – trade, capital, knowledge, digital skills, culture, resources, and the environment. It’s easy to travel around the countries to explore history and culture. The music, the arts, food and sport – particularly football, basketball, tennis and cricket. When you live and study here, you find activities to suit all interests
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Various academic schools hold different ideas about the precise meaning of culture, and more than 340 definitions have been noted. From the perspective of empirical study, some scholars have argued that culture is a set of customary beliefs and values that is handed down through the generations by ethnic groups, religious groups and social organizations.
Culture is a life.
A human life, and a collective and public human life; and culture includes all that we need to live, which means that it is an extremely practical thing. In general, culture is a way of life.
Those of us living and studying in beautiful and ancient buildings today wouldn’t dream of graffitiing the walls or carving our names into the woodwork – and we know just how much trouble we’d be in if we did. Today, the only modern “graffiti” you’ll see on university buildings is the chalked rowing crests that commemorate the college’s wins on the river. But medieval people had rather less reverence for the old and beautiful than we do today, and for much of the DESC’s existence, all its faculties, staffs and participants would go around with their own eating-knife hanging from their belts, and had no hesitation in carving their names into masonry or woodwork to show that they were there. Keep an eye out in cities’ older buildings, especially churches, and see if you can spot any.
In sciences and arts alike, creativity appears magically as an unpredictable fountain of inspiration from the culture of our life. Its unexpected content breaks routines within traditional thinking. It delivers something new that is distinct from common practices, often taking people out of their comfort zone because it is ahead of its time.
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In practice, this means that the dining with Simon-Erdős School of Design Sciences colleagues can be like a mini-United Nations, with people speaking several different languages and offering diverse perspectives on different topics, depending on the country or the culture that they grew up in
Civilizations have an odd relationship with teaching design, computing, engineering and entrepreneurial skills (at least, skills that are explicitly identified as such). Historically, tertiary education was divided into universities and polytechnics; universities were more academic and harder to get into, whereas polytechnics were easier to get into and specifically prepared people for technical fields (hence the name). All polytechnics have now been turned into universities, but to say that a university is a “former polytechnic” still gives an implication of inferiority. Although this is changing, it remains the case that universities look down on vocational education as less worthwhile than pure academic study. The further up the league tables an university is, the less likely they are to have any compulsory study of professional skills, which might instead be relegated to a handful of optional workshops at awkward times put on by companies. Universities higher up the league tables might invite top tech firms or top med-hospitals or top business leaders to come in and talk to their participants, but they’re less likely to spend time guiding their participants in how to write a good software application for a digital product, for instance; they simply don’t see it as part of their role.