16 UvA/VU/HvA-studenten bereiden een reis voor naar het land van de onbegrensde groeimogelijkheden: China!
Wekelijks schrijft een van hen een blog. Deze week de blog van Maaike de Reuver.Maaike: I just arrived back from Asia. The last two months I travelled around Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia and Singapore. It was my first time to visit Asia, so you can imagine I had a kind of culture shock, especially in the beginning, when we just arrived there, and were stuck in the crazy traffic of the busy streets of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The first days I realised how tall we are, and how pale. And more and more I realised the versatility of Asia. So modern yet so authentic, so structured yet so chaotic, so clean yet so messy.
Before we went there I had the idea Asia would be, beside of his beauty, dirty, and busy, and here and there underdeveloped; often a shared idea about Asia in Holland. But nothing at all, the places we visited, especially Singapore, were cleaner than clean. And the cities we saw are much more developed than cities in Holland, even in the bus on an island in Malaysia we had wifi-connection! Travelling around, and talking with locals, I realised the little we actually know about Asia, and how much Asians know about Europe (and the rest of the world!). I had to ask what exactly happened during World War II in Asia, while they almost know more about the World War II situation in Europe than I did. I felt so small, so unimportant as European in this huge continent. Europe thinks big about themselves, sometimes you even get the feeling they think they are bigger than Asia. But, walking and experiencing around in Asia, I realised Europe is nothing compared with Asia. Asia has it, Asia is it, Asia is going to be it, Asia is growing through the roof, and Europe is just a tiny little peace of earth where growth is standing still.
This is what we, as The 16, also realise in our preparation for our trip to China. It is happening in Asia, in China. Europe stands still, Asia is cathing up with leads and bounds. I don`t have the feeling Europe realizes this enough, but sooner or later they will see they loose. I can`t wait to go back to go back to the winner, to Asia, to China!
After a very successful study trip to the United States to discover the entrepreneurial drive of the Americans, the Amsterdam Centre for Entrepreneurship and 1&12 Ventures are thrilled to announce that a new group of 16 Student Entrepreneurs has started to prepare for a study trip in 2012, this time the destination will be CHINA!
China has emerged as an economic super power, forcing all players to consider new economic models. The growing significance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in China’s economy is hard to ignore. So with the 16 of us we`ll discover what is going on in mighty China! www.the16studententrepreneurs.nl
Every week a blog of one of the 16 student entrepreneurs about the preparation of the trip will be published. This week it’s Maaike de Reuver’s blog.