Greek Foreigner Realizes His Job Dream in China!

Source: China Daily

Kontogeorgos Alexandros believes his dream of changing people's lives with technology will eventually come true in China.

"My Chinese dream is to develop myself alongside China's development and expand Chinese culture throughout the world with my efforts," said the 32-year-old from Greece who now works for the Wuhan branch of Xiaomi Corp.

Alexandros came to China for the first time in 2005 as a reward from his father for being admitted to the National Technical University of Athens.

"I have always been interested in the time-honored Chinese history. My father fulfilled my wish to visit China," Alexandros said.

"China is vast and abundant in natural resources. The country is rich in culture which varies from one place to another. I know if I want to know this country better, one tour is not enough," he said, adding he visited Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong during his first trip to China.

Alexandros began learning Chinese at the Confucius School in Athens in 2013. He got his master's degree at the National Technical University of Athens, and came to Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, Hubei province, in 2014 to study Chinese. He also pursued a master's degree in software engineering at the university from 2016 to 2019.

"When I took the interview with Xiaomi Corp, I talked about my failed project (for a hiring website) which I started during my senior year of my university study. The company didn't doubt my ability, and instead they valued my experience," he said, adding the orientations of Xiaomi Corp meet with his.

"I bought Xiaomi phones for my parents in Greece and now they are big fans of the smart phones," said Alexandros.

Alexandros said he enjoyed his life in Wuhan very much.

"I buy almost everything online except certain special things," he said.

Wuhan is undergoing fast development, creating lots of opportunities for young people. Meanwhile, the city maintains its original style, which is attractive to foreigners, he said.

Alexandros now has a Chinese girlfriend with whom he wishes to tie the knot, and is planning to invite his parents to tour China again.

Alexandros said his Chinese friends are proud of the achievements China has made since the founding of New China.

"The miracle China has made is owed to the nation's self-confidence in its history and future, right development strategies and its diligent people," he said.

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