Lecturing At The Shanghai Jiao Tong University

The Shanghai Jiao Tong University is one of the most prestigious institute of higher learning in China. It is known throughout Asia as China’s MIT. As a matter of fact, getting into MIT might be easier than getting into Jiao Tong since the students must compete with a much bigger population of applicants. Knowing the position this school holds, it was indeed an honor when Dr. Pearl Wang, Associate Professor and Deputy Director of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, asked me to give a lecture on new media to her communications class.

Jiao Tong is positively huge. The university is made up of six campuses scatter throughout Shanghai. The Min Hang Campus (where my lecture was held) is the biggest with a student population of 35,000 and sits on over 280 hectare of land.

Lecturing at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University

While the main topic of the lecture was on new media, I also talked about making money online and I gave the students my five cardinal rules for starting a business. It’s a good thing I loaded all my lecture notes into my Kindle 2, otherwise I would have forgotten many of my points. The highlight of the lecture was when I gave a live demo of Twitter. Amazingly enough, no one in the class knew what Twitter was. After the demo, they understood why Facebook recently changed the look of their home page.

After the lecture, several students got on Twitter and sent the following messages. Follow them if you want to know what life is like at one of China’s top universities. I have a feeling a Twitter tidal wave is about to hit Jiao Tong, Shanghai and the rest of China. Twitter should be paying me for this!

@sharonshou (sharonshou) says:
@JohnChow the live demo is cool.

@AugustZhang (Xiaozhen Zhang) says:
@JohnChow the guy blown away by twitter demo is coming to twitter!~~^_^

@ChiZhou (Chi Zhou) says:
@JohnChow I am Chi the guy who had lunch with you this noon. Your class was really amazing!!!!

@NamemeXu (Niki Xu) says:
@JohnChow thank your lecture! your story is really awesome!

@anaiswxy (xinyin wang) says:
@JohnChow hi! i’ve just listened your lecture, bravo! A new way of enjoying life while making money~

During the Twitter demo, I ask my follower to say hi to the class to show how interactive Twitter was. Within a minute, over 20 tweets came back. I want to thank everyone who help with the demo. Here are their tweets.

@nvrfamous (David K.) says:
@JohnChow Hello class~!

@vBSetup (Brandon Sheley) says:
@JohnChow Hi Class!! ( "-" )

@yoonhoum (Yoon Ho Um) says:
@JohnChow Hi Class… please take care of John while he’s with you!

@PennyGo (Penny Go) says:
@johnchow – bonjour tout le mond!

@CrystalsQuest (Crystal Woods) says:
@JohnChow Hi class from Australia…

@srpsco (srpsco) says:
@JohnChow hi class if you enjoy this lecture don’t applaud but please throw money, but we ask you to please unwrap them first

@nguyenp (Pete) says:
@JohnChow Hello class! From Vancouver, BC.

@webhostinghelp (Barbi WebhostingArc) says:
@JohnChow Hi Class..Hi Chow. You still in China?

@SD360 (Brent) says:
@JohnChow Hi class from San Diego!

@AprilFilms (April Smith) says:
@JohnChow Hello John and Hello Classmates!! How are YOU all doing? 🙂

@sswayze (sean swayze) says:
@JohnChow hi to the class! 🙂

@AaronSkwarcan (AaronSkwarcan) says:
@JohnChow hello class! You had better listen to john, he’s a cool dude. PS-I’m pretty awesome myself

@edworks (Education Works) says:
@JohnChow hello john (<–doing his best HAL impersonation)

@bostonmarketer (Rachel Levy) says:
@JohnChow Hi class! I’m giving one tomorrow too, so hope I’ll get responses then too! Twitter rocks

@shannonseek (Shannon Seek) says:
@JohnChow Good luck, John! Keep having fun! 🙂

@JasonLandals (Jason Landals) says:
@JohnChow Hello from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to the students being subjected to John’s lecture

@bicoastalite (Julianne) says:
@JohnChow Hello class from San Francisco!! 😉

@maikeru76 (maikeru76) says:
@JohnChow Hello everyone 😉

@matthewcohen (Matthew Cohen) says:
@JohnChow hi class! i hope john knows what he is doing.

@chrisjacobson (Chris Jacobson) says:
@JohnChow Hello from Canada, John Chow’s students!

@jituppal (Jit Uppal) says:
@JohnChow Hello class! 🙂

@trapwire (sam buca) says:
@JohnChow what up school. don’t drool.

I want to thank Dr. Wang and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University for inviting me to give the lecture. It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the students’ questions. Given the caliber of students at Jiao Tong, I can tell that China will continue to be a powerhouse on the world stage.

36 thoughts on “Lecturing At The Shanghai Jiao Tong University”

  1. Gary says:

    I hope they all subscribed to the JC newsletter…

  2. Darin Carter says:

    John Chow the Teacher …

  3. Eric says:

    So John what are your five cardinal rules for starting a business?

    1. John Chow says:

      I may blog about them in the future.

      1. Ben Pei says:

        Please do John.. Don’t let us wait too long.

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        1. fas says:

          Yup, I am wondering the same too. Please John post them soon.

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  4. WP Themes says:

    I thought Tsinghua University was MIT of China.

    I guess Shanghai Jiao Tong is among the top too.

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  5. Ray Ebersole says:

    John, you will go to all ends of the earth to get followers won’t you…:-0

    1. Ben Pei says:

      Lol now that he’s on the other side of the world…

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    2. Alexandru says:

      Conducting as blog like this one .. I would also, maybe twice or more, lol

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      1. Ben Pei says:

        Yeah me too. The world knows no boundary.

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  6. regie says:

    That was so cool! I wish I was there to learn from you on how to make money online on a very personal level 🙂

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    1. Agree. Sounds like a blast to be able to learn in a small environment.

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  7. Congrats on getting a chance to lecture at such a big place! I’m sure a lot of the students took plenty of information from you!

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  8. I see you’re rocking your MarketLeverage track jacket. Way to go. lol

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  9. Melody says:

    So what’s for homework Professor Chow? 🙂

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  10. Ben Pei says:

    That’s pretty impressive Prof Chow! I guess nothing beats educating others about what you are doing and still enjoying it..

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  11. Zac Johnson says:

    Very cool… and a great way to write off the whole trip to China! 🙂

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  12. That’s awesome, I wish I could be at that class

  13. Jake Stone says:

    Are quite hot in Mandarin language area, but I’d say it really tells something about the level of computer literacy and new media awareness of these communication students.

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    1. Most young Chinese use QQ for chatting online. I wonder if it has a social networking side to it.

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  14. Dwayne says:

    Thanks for the mention. Twitter is a great tool, and it is fun also.

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  15. Patrick says:

    Nice post. John Chow is now international.

  16. @proson says:

    Hi John, it is nice that you can speak in Uni,. of Jiao Tong. Personally I haven’t been there before being a Chinese in Hong Kong, I only know the Ching Hua and Beijing Universities are the best in China. 🙂 Anyway, I hope one day I will have the privileged in front of the Uni crows as well. ‘


  17. John, now you can stop blogging for a month and still watch your income grow! 😀


  18. Steve says:

    John, how exciting to see how you can make an impact all over the world. Guess it all comes with being a social media evangelist. I look forward to seeing more people from around the world start joining the social medial circle. I say this because my Google Analytics show that the bulk of my traffic still comes from the United States.

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  19. Young kids who attend a top university and no one knew what Twitter was? Very surprising.

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  20. Mortgage Guy says:

    How did you get the teaching job?

    1. I have the same question!

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    2. I think he must have been invited to give some lessons there? John is based in Canada right?

  21. Andrew says:

    Wow, that must have been a blast to do. It’s fun to see peoples faces when you expose them to new information, especially something as big and powerful as Twitter.
    I’m also surprised these students hadn’t heard of twitter. I thought much of the youth in major Chinese cities are up on current technology. Guess that assumption is incorrect. Cool live demo though.

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  22. John now I understand how you managed to explode your twitter followers count. You must have thoroughly enjoyed this lecture. I wish I was there too. If there had been a video clip on this, it would have been even better.

    Peter Lee

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  23. Thats amazing, 35,000 students, you should make them follow you, that would be a tremendous rise in followers, lol.

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  24. Shyam Kumar says:

    Hi John,

    I like your postings.

    In your next post can you please let us know how you prepare your vedios adding all those comments, the intial screens, the sound etc., bascially how you eidt your vedios, what softwares are required etc.,.

    We would also like to know how your travel kit would look like, do you alwyas carry a Vedio Camera? What else do you carry which would aid you in preparing the posts for your bolg? I am sure thsi would be an intresting post from you and you can expect quite a number of hits !!


  25. So you have send huge number of new members to twitter and also enhancing your followers as well.

    I think you should plan to visit more and more countries so that you can spread this message to all over place.

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  26. Visit New Zealand, I will put you up.. ha

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