The students wrapped things up on week 4, after three security tours, and many cultural tours the students had a great background in the Culture of Macau and Hong Kong , as well as security principles of major companies.
Left: Victoria Saraphina and
Students has a very enriching experience and were able to make friendships and relationships unique to a trip like this. Most of the students kept in touch over the internet or Facbook.
After the Hong Kong trip students went back into the
classroom. Students received a meal plan ahead of time, and the cafeteria also had a great selection of
American Food. Right around this time the students were getting eager to get
home. Week 3 had a lot of classroom time. The Security tour for the students
this week, was at the Disney Land
Resortís Security Center. Students were shown examples of techniques such as CPET,
or Community Protection by Environmental Design. People might not notice the security features of the park, and that is done on purpose. Some of the students were able
to ride some of the rides. Students were
also able to see the Buddhists Monks at the Lantau Island Monastery. Over the weekend students were allowed to go to Hong Kong Island over the weekend to meet with friends.
Hong Kong Disney is just like magic Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando Florida.
Right: Grand Lisboa Lobby
Right: Professor Saravara Eating Dim Sum with His Son.
Not your American Chinese food No Chicken Fingers here.
Right: Professor Saravara sitting next to his Zodiac Sign the Monkey.
Students went to temples and were able to see different religious background, and different ides of Buddhism.
Starting on Sunday in the second week the students took a tour of the old city of Macau including an almond cookie factory. Professor Saravara wanted to emphasize fresh local food, including almond cookies, and shark fin soup. The tour for this week was the HSBC bank in Hong Kong. The students were given a lecture and tour by Professor Saravara friend's Stanley. The lecture was on protest management, a unique opportunity for the students. Students were then allowed to stay in Hong Kong for the weekend if they wanted too.
Left: Students at the Almond Factory
Right: Fresh Fish Market, Shark Fin soup.
Left: HSBC Bank Lecture on Protest Managment
Above: Professor Sarava and His Wife Michelle
Left: Outside City University In Hong Kong
The trip started off at Logan Airport out of Boston. One of the major challenges was to choose the best airline and route. Professor Saravara's background and experience allowed him to choose the best and most convenient route. The best flight was a layover in Chicago, and then a slightly shorter route over the North Pole which provided less turbulence.
The route included a 747 which is a very reliable plane which has been in service for years.Professor Saravara teaches his classes that attention to detail is important, and he was sure to check seat size, cabin size, and even the seat layout. Some of the students where seasoned flyers and some werenít. Professor Saravara had to be prepared for that and anything that might come at him. A complete orientation was held prior to the flight.
After the class landed they took a short ferry to the island, and the students were able to get settle into their dorms and then went out for dinner as a group. On the first day students took a tour of the university, and Sanado square, and the St. Paul ruins.
Left: Group Shot of Students and Professor Saravara at Senado Square
Right: St. Paul's Ruins
During this week class also started, Professor Saravara paired the students up with University of Macau Counterparts, which after a short lecture, they worked together on projects. The first tour of the week was at the Venetian Casino, one of the largest Casinos in Macau.
Left: Professor Saravara Teaching.
The Students were able to view one of the control centers, in the casino Guided by Matt Forbes.
Right: Professor Saravara's Daughter and Son
Left: A "Still Actor" in the Venetian Casino
During the Summer of 2011, Professor Stephen Saravara and 12 students from the Criminology Department took an enriching trip to the Island of Macau. The trip itself was one of the first, and largest trips overseas at UMass Lowell. The primary purpose of the trip was to be able to offer students an affordable way to go overseas, to give students a class that offered 6 credits, could benefit the student that had a security or law enforcement interest and finally to provide a culturally enriching experience for the students. Professor Saravara had lots of support from the Criminology department in setting up the trip.
In all twenty students from the University of Macau, and twelve Umass Lowell Students met over the summer in what would turn out to be a very enriching experience. Another trip is planned for this summer and might possibly be open to Sociology Majors and possibly all students. The core theme of the class was asset protection,which was then broken down to vulnerability assessments and approaches. Students were assigned a buddy from Umass and one from the University of Macau creating groups to take students around. One day every week for four weeks, Professor Saravara and the students were taken on a field trip in which they given a behind the scenes tour of security at larger companies.