Philip Lew, CEO of XBOSoft, recently spoke at the Software College of Beihang University in Beijing, China. Attendees of the lecture included undergraduate and graduate students at the university pursuing Bachelor and Master Degrees in software engineering. Lew’s presentation addressed a recently hot topic in the press, in the differences of Eastern and Western working cultures. In particular, how can students’ best adapt their viewpoints and understand Western cultures and values in the workplace while maintaining their Eastern background and strengths.
“The new “flat world” as termed by many dictates that we are all closer together and must collaborate together for everyone to win. Being a great engineer is not enough for success, nor business acumen and skill. Understanding cultural differences in the workplace, working habits and viewpoints is an important factor for success” explained Lew. “This is especially true for young Chinese students who want to work for international companies or companies that have international customers. What they learn in school about programming and modeling cannot help them much in this area. Rather, time, experience, and guidance as well as an adaptive outlook and open personality are more critical.”
The presentation was part of a series arranged by the Beihang University Software College that aims at highlighting current technical and business issues through first-hand experience of experts in their relative fields. The lecture series has included several professionals from industry and academia speaking on various development technologies, methodologies, tools, and techniques used throughout the software industry. “This venue is an excellent way to enable students to transition from academic life to working life.” Lew commented. “Students are quite enthusiastic to hear first hand what its like to really work with a goal and purpose other than getting a grade.”
“The students thought the talk was positive and motivating,” reported Associate Dean Wang from the Beihang University Software College. “It opened up their minds to other points of view and hopefully gave them a flavor of what it’s like working in an international company”
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