“Easy” is the word Ahmed Mohamed Fouad Yousif uses most to describe his everyday life and work in Guangzhou.
Yousif is one of the four Egyptian postdoctoral researchers in the Institute of Animal Science, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
He came to Guangzhou in 2015. As a foreigner, Yousif also felt anxious about how difficult it might be to live in the city with his dietary requirements and faith. “However, Guangzhou quickly made me feel at home”, he said.
Support for research
The chance to undertake interesting research is another reason driving Yousif to relocate in Guangdong.
Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences is one of the best places for Yousif to study laying ducks. Yousif’s postdoctoral research has established the nutrient requirements of laying ducks and duck breeders.
The hot weather in Guangdong means animals here often suffer from high ambient temperatures(heat stress). Hence, Yousif’s research aims to alleviate the negative effect of heat stress on laying performance, egg quality, immunity and fertility in laying ducks through adding some novel ingredients to the bird’s diets.
In Guangdong, duck egg yolk is one of the main ingredients in Cantonese-style mooncake. This study will help to improve the quality of related duck-egg products.
Yousif in the presentation of his postdoctoral research.
During his postdoctoral research, he published 10 papers including 7 Science Citation Index (SCI) such as 《British Poultry Science》.
“All the things you need for that (research), Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences has and makes it available to you,” said Yousif.
The research team provided their help on the whole process of application before he came, such as registering, visa. The team also assisted him to conduct the animal and lab work.
In regards to living arrangements, the Academy offers great treatment and subsidies to supporting Yousif and his family’s lives here.
For foreign postdoctoral researchers, the Academy and institute will respectively provide 40,000 yuan per person per year over 2 years. Social insurance and an apartment are also offered, and children's school enrollment will be taken care of.
According to Yousif, by the help and guidance of his supervisor Dr. Zheng Chuntian, he has learned and gained a great deal during the two-year research program.
Now, he is taking on another postdoctoral research project and will stay in the province.
I like, I like I like, I like Guangdong
The way Yousif sees it, many foreigners are attracted to the province because almost everything is available here.
For instance, mint is one of Yousif’s favorite food, and he says it is relatively hard to come by in his home country, Egypt. But in Guangzhou, mint is very easy to buy.
Yousif and his family in Guangdong.
“Guangzhou in my mind, is a modern, vibrant and multicultural city in which to study, work and live,”said Yousif, “I like making friends with the locals.”
It seems to Yousif, the residents here are very kind and helpful, they will lend a hand if you’re in trouble. He went on to mention how optimistic and happy people seem. They love life with and are full of smiles.
The province makes it relatively easy for foreign experts to live there.
“Last time when I went to have a medical physical examination, I need to book one week in advance. But now I can just go on the day ” he said.
“I like, I like, I like, I like Guangdong,” and I can say in Chinese “我喜欢广东”, Yousif showed his love for the province again in the end of the interview.
He believes the province will maintain its current development, “next year you will find the province to be better than now,” said Yousif.
Established in 1952, the Institute of Animal Science, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, focuses on the research and development of animal genetics and breeding, animal nutrition and feed science, etc.
It is currently home to 6 postdoctoral researchers, four of whom are from Egypt.
By introducing foreign postdoctoral fellows, it helps to bring cutting-edge scientific research technology, to solve scientific research problems, and promote international cooperation and exchange.
当Ahmed Mohamed Fouad Yousif描绘他在广东的生活和工作时，他提到最多的就是“便利”。
在Yousif在站研究期间，他以第一作者发表了10篇学术论文，其中有7篇被《科学引文索引》（SCI）下的刊物收录，如《英国家禽科学》（British Poultry Science）。