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I spent a little bit more than two years in China, working as academic, mainly teaching an undergraduate course Introduction to Economics. The following notes may answer some of the questions that turned up again and again, not least in the ‘small circle’ of the immediate working environment – a joined venture, one of the increasing numbers of projects where for – different reasons – a European and non-European university join forces in providing third-level education. The original idea had been to publish some reports that had to be submitted or had been submitted as feedback – also to students, with a short introduction; the actual document presents a longish introductory text, still including the [anonym-ised] reports. It is very much a personal reflection after two years, but it is even more the presentation of some reflections on third level education and the development of academia.