Some of us have lived in China, some have studied there, and others have forged a career there. In doing so, we have created memories and experiences that will forever link us with China.
Like all good stories, our story began quite unusually… Co-founders Gregor and Vid became friends by chance when they met in Shanghai a few years ago, and bonded over their enthusiasm for all things Chinese! Little did they know then, that just a year later, they would be working together to take some international students around Shanghai in the summer.
Half a year later, during a business trip to Hong Kong, Gregor came up with the idea of starting their very own summer school. The fact that there was a 6 hour time difference between Hong Kong and Europe did not cross Gregor’s mind when he called and woke Vid up with the idea. Despite being woken up in the middle of the night in Hong Kong, Vid heart raced at the idea. He sat up wide awake and said “Let’s do it!”.
A few days later, they sat together and made a list of everything they needed to do in order to set up their own summer school. At the top of this list was finding and partnering a reputable university in Shanghai. After nearly 300 emails exchanges and making good use of their guanxi (relationships and connections), they managed to come to a partnership agreement with the top university of their choice – the prestigious Donghua University.
That’s how in less than 3 weeks after that morning call from Gregor that threw Vid out of bed, Shanghai Summer School was born.