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Trip Overview

In March 2018, Humber students from the Police Foundations, Protection, Security and Investigations and Crime Scene Investigations programs traveled to Nanjing, China to learn about the Chinese justice system and engaged in opportunities for cultural discovery and knowledge sharing. In collaboration with the Nanjing Forest Police College, a long-standing partner of the Faculty of Social and Community Services, students had the opportunity to participate in classes and learn first-hand from Nanjing students and faculty about the differences and similarities between police training in Canada and China.

Trip Name: Nanjing 2018 (10 days)

Partner: Nanjing Forest Police College

Eligible Programs:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Police Foundations
  • Protection, Security & Investigation
  • Crime Scene Investigation

Credit: Students participating on this trip were able to gain valuable international service learning experience.

Program Highlights:

  • Lectures and workshops at the Nanjing Forest Police College on police structures, career advancement in Chinese law enforcement, and the role of state
  • Cultural experiences and tours in Shanghai including the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, the Shanghai World Financial Center, and the Jade Buddha Temple
  • Educational and cultural tours in Nanjing City including the Presidential Palace, Yuejiang Tower, and the Memorial Hall of Victims of the Nanjing Massacre

“On our trip to China, we got to tour the Nanjing Forest Police College and experience what it is like to be a police officer in training. We compared both the educational and Criminal Justice systems with our own here in Canada. Seeing the differences within the Chinese and Canadian culture was very eye opening and helped me to have a better understanding on how to interact with individuals from all walks of life.”

Police Foundations Student, China 2018


Past Student Experiences

George Zhang - Police Foundations Program (Diploma), Criminal Justice (Bachelor of Social Science)

A selected group of 12 students including myself had the lucky chance to visit China for the first faculty-led student trip with the Nanjing Police Forest College. We flew from Toronto to Shanghai then stayed there for a few days. Afterwards, we took the train to Nanjing China. The trip brought our little group to many adventures. Places such as huge temples, amazing museums and wonderful local tourist shops were all included.

There are a few highlights that I will carry with me forever. I really admired the Nanjing Memorial Hall Museum. This massive museum was dedicated to the Nanjing victims of World War II. From just walking along the pathway to the building, I could feel a heaviness in my heart. Huge statues with real stories of the atrocities in the war instantly tore my reality apart. While dripping tears I paid my respects to the victims and toured a piece of history frozen in time. As a student studying in the Criminal Justice Degree, this experience struck a chord with me. It gave me the drive and desire to continue pushing myself so that I may one day help somebody’s loved one. Another highlight is visiting the Nanjing Police Forest College. Reconnecting with the Chinese exchange students and watching performances from their dance, choir, and calligraphy classes were awe-inspiring. Their students treated us like rock stars. They showered us with attention, gifts and enthusiasm. Our group also got demonstrations from their firearms, physical education and other criminal classes.

These adventures shaped my opportunities when I arrived back to Toronto. I started working at the School of Social and Community Services supporting the Nanjing partnership and other inbound international students. I currently support 24 amazing students from the Nanjing Police Forest College. Being able to connect with their culture and relate with them is pivotal to my role as a mentor. This relies heavily on my experiences in their beautiful city. In addition to my role as a mentor to the exchange students, I promote opportunities such as the faculty led trip to China. I truly believe these trips are a once in a lifetime opportunity and I would love to share these opportunities with as many students from the Humber family.

For me, global learning is an opportunity for growth in terms of personal growth and career growth. Opportunities that give individuals the chance to broaden themselves are unique and special to each person. I personally have improved in the areas of work ethics, leadership, adaptability, interpersonal relationship maintenance and development. Going to a foreign country with contrasting cultures really pushes people out of their comfort zone. I saw the group rise and stand strong in the face of uncertainty and change. Experiences such as the comradery that exists with being in an unfamiliar and uncomfortable place is a special bond that only a selected few understand. In addition to the comradery, developing oneself through overcoming new and challenging obstacles is not expressible in words. It can be best described as reaching the top of your own Mount Everest. I can say that global learning is so much more than what is written down on paper or talked about in a booth. It is an experience that truly enhances all aspects of an individual.

George Zhang in front of multi-coloured flower wall

George Zhang Holding a Humber sign with three other people at the airport

Group of students posed at a monument


Mackenzie Wilson - Police Foundations Program (Diploma), Criminal Justice (Bachelor of Social Science)

Hi, my name is Mackenzie Wilson and I am a Humber College Police Foundations Graduate. I was one of the twelve lucky individuals to have the opportunity to go on an exchange trip with Police Foundations and School of Social and Community Services. I choose to go abroad last April because I wanted to experience what it’s like to learn hands on and in the real world. I wanted to challenge myself by stepping out of my comfort zone into a brand-new culture. On our trip to China, we got to tour the Nanjing Forest Police College and experience what it is like to be a police officer in training. We compared both the educational and Criminal Justice systems with our own here in Canada. Seeing the differences within the Chinese and Canadian culture was very eye opening and helped me to have a better understanding on how to interact with individuals from all walks of life. Going on this trip I was very nervous, but everyone looked after each other. The Humber faculty provided tremendous support to ensure we all had a positive experience. I was determined to take in everything China and the Police College had to offer. This was a remarkable trip that I will remember for the rest of my life. I am truly blessed to have been given this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Mackenzie Wilson eating at a restaurant

Mackenzie Wilson posing with a student of the Nanjing Forest Police College

Mackenzie Wilson posing with another person on a boat in front of the city at night

Group photo of humber students and Nanjing Forest Police College students