The Beast Others the Beauty – the Case of Jane Eyre

Human beings are gregarious, and therefore we form communities and societies. Under this circumstance, we are unable to escape from interactions with others. Within the frame of interactions, it is necessary to perceive each others’ opinions and perspectives, and therefore restraint by others’ perceptions and perspectives. Most of the times, the widely used standard for…

How “Europe” is Russia?

The peculiar geographical location of Russia results in its duality as the two-headed eagle emblem indicates – one head to the West and another to the East. I would like to discuss how Russia is perceived as being or not being part of Europe through three incidents in the time span of three centuries: the…

Recommendation: 2016 Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize for Erasmus Students

The selection committee established by the Executive Board for the 2016 Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize for Erasmus Students is pleased to unanimously nominate Ms Ting-jung Chen from the University of Göttingen (Germany) for this year’s award. Ms Ting-jung Chen spent her 5-month Erasmus exchange as part of her Erasmus Mundus Euroculture Master programme at the University…

The Mariinsky Ballet – Aesthetic Perfection Triumphs

When I first walked into this celebrated theatre, it was to enjoy the ballet “La Bayadère”. It turned out to be more than a pilgrimage for a Russian major verifying what she has learnt in classes about the importance of Marinka as an illustrious national cultural heritage, but rather the overwhelmingly sensational experience signifies how…

2016 Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize Ceremony Speech

Dear Duke of Arenberg, Dear Rectors and Members of the Executive Board, Dear representatives from the Coimbra Universities, It is a genuine honour to be nominated for the 2016 Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize. When I first entered university in Taiwan, my professor said, “University is the shrine of knowledge”. Though we were just starting to recognise…

2016 Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize: Policies of the Foreign

The Foreign The Erasmus exchange is a beneficial opportunity immersing in different cultures, and the diversity is further multiplied when a foreign student having the Erasmus exchange while obtaining a master degree abroad. Originated from Taiwan, I majored in Slavic Languages and Literatures, along with Diplomacy. In order to advance my Russian, I studied in…