International Relations

Xiamen & Newcastle Data Project

Xiamen and Newcastle Open Data Project

A research project led by students from Newcastle University Business School (NUBS) and Xiamen University is laying the foundations for North East companies to use open data and help build digital capability.

The team of seven students completed a three-week internship working with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) looking at open data usage worldwide.

They made recommendations to the FSB on how North East firms can be encouraged to use open data, as well as devising a marketing and social media strategy for a campaign.

Project Supervisor, Simon Hanson, Development Manager at FSB North East, said: “We were delighted to work in partnership with Newcastle University Business School on our open data project and cannot praise the team highly enough. The level of professionalism and quality of support given by the international team of students in starting, supporting and completing our open data project was world class.

“The report that was produced has set the foundation shaping our campaign to help the North East lead the way in how we use open data. Inevitably this campaign will help continue the recovery of the regional economy and help us grow digital capability across the North East.”

The internship formed part of NUBS’ Global Experience Opportunities Programme which encourages students to gain global experience in order boost their employability.

It introduces students to the international business community to help equip graduates with the talent and practical skills needed to succeed in global markets, so that they leave the business school ‘global-ready’.

Xiamen University student Yawen Guo, who is studying business administration, said: “This internship was really important to me. Not only did I make friends with so many talented and friendly people from Newcastle, I also gained great experience working in a different cultural environment.”

Jack Tomlinson, studying economics at NUBS, said: “The Newcastle-Xiamen experience was a great opportunity to meet new people, build contacts, gain experience and make a real difference to the region.

“I have enjoyed every minute and will use the skills and contacts I acquired to complement my CV and any future career opportunities. It has taught me a great deal about an exciting area of the economy, along with areas such as data analysis and marketing which I had very little experience of previously.”