We’ve just found out that our former student Jelena Andrić had successfully defended her PhD thesis at the Harbin Institute of Technology in China the other day! Congratulations!
Jelena was so kind to send us a few photographs of the event along with a short description of what it was like to defend a PhD thesis at one of the most prestigious universities in China and a member of their elite C9 League.
So, here is how it happened:
Before the date was officially set for Jelena to actually defend her thesis at the University – i.e. at the beginning of the new school year in September – her mentor had sent Jelena’s work to several eminent professors from some other universities in China. He picked 5 professors from the best 5 universities available over there – to check and evaluate Jelena’s thesis. By the beginning of the last week, their comments came in and the mentor could set a date for the actual presentation of the thesis. Jelena’s work received the highest grade (A) after the evaluation so she was to defend her thesis in front of the committee consisting of 7 – 8 members at the end of the week. It took her 40 to 50 minutes to present her work and then a whole hour was devoted to the questions – each committee member had 2 or 3 questions to ask. They were obviously very pleased with her answers as they commended her work and her entire research afterwards. Then the committee retired to reach their decision and soon the decision was read aloud for everyone to hear and it was officially proclaimed that Jelena had earned her PhD title. On top of that, she was offered a position at the University!
You can learn more about the Harbin Institute of Technology – HIT here.