Chen Guiwen came to Wageningen University to study Food Technology after her supervisor in Beijing told that Food technology at the WUR is among the top rank in the world.
I come from southwest of China, which is a poorer region compared to east of China. I graduated from Beijing Forestry University with a bachelor degree in Food Science and Technology. I wanted to further my study in a foreign country, to see another side of the Earth. Therefore, I come to Wageningen, the Netherlands.
When I arrived in Wageningen, I found it is a comfortable city, people are very nice. I often have dinner with the whole corridor; join birthday parties; received gifts from “Sinterclaas”. Moreover, study atmosphere in university is inspiring. We have lots of group work. I was enlightened a lot during discussion with group members. Teachers are wise and responsible. Apparatus are sophisticated.
In 5 years food science study, I learned much about technology, such as food chemistry, food physics, engineering and so on. I haven’t found my favourite direction until I took the course. This course taught me how to change product properties to reach consumer wishes. I studied technology for many years, but I didn’t think why I should study that. From this course, I realized that consumers’ wishes are our motivation. Nowadays, it is a consumer oriented market. Companies should produce products that can reach consumers’ requests. I should research on something that is useful for satisfying consumers’ wishes. I like and I am also good at communicating with other people, to think why people make this choice, what influence their decision. I have a technology background. I would like to be a bridge between consumers and food technologists. Of course, I will go back to China, but not at this moment. After I spend one year in the Netherlands, I studied with people from various parts of the world; I experienced so much cultural diversity. The more I experience, the more I wonder. I plan to pursuer a Ph.D degree after graduation.