Newcastle University Business School

Jingrong

Student Profile - Jingrong

  • Jingrong
  • Class of 2014
  • Nationality: Chinese
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Choosing Newcastle

Since the UK is a developed country with advanced experience of business management, it felt like the ideal country in which to study management. In addition, the UK’s educational system has a great reputation in the global community and a UK master's degree would make my CV more attractive.

I also learned that Newcastle University is a highly ranked UK university, with a great deal of academic expertise, good facilities and contributions to academic research. Furthermore, the University has many services and facilities which are well-designed for international students such as free writing courses which provide international students with an enhanced ability to write academically. 

My course

I chose the International Business Management programme because I wanted to dedicate myself to a career in business management.

I was particularly attracted to this programme since it covered not only the main aspects of business but also included specific programme content about how to manage business in the international context. I thought this would be very useful in the context of a constantly developing global economy.

I systematically learned a great deal of useful knowledge about business management in the international context, which will contribute to my future career.

A key benefit of the programme is the teamwork assignments, which were part of many modules.

Additionally, working with classmates from different cultural backgrounds and with different personalities enabled me to learn how to cooperate and negotiate with a diverse range of individuals in order to achieve our common goal. As I intend to become a manager in the future, it was very important for me to have these practical opportunities to fine tune my skills. 

Career aspirations

I now work as an accountant for a public company that manufactures and sells liquefied natural gas. The management knowledge I learned from my master's programme has enabled me to analyse and solve problems effectively in the workplace.  

Studying at postgraduate level

My undergraduate course in China focused on memorising information. At Newcastle University, every professor encouraged us to think critically, for example, discussing whether we thought a classic western theory would also work in a different country.

Student experience

Newcastle University’s many academic facilities support students well, such as the Robinson Library and its online literature database which helped me to complete assignments efficiently.

In addition, the lecturers are very professional and were always able to thoroughly explain theories using simple words.

I enjoyed making many new friends from different cultural backgrounds and my student accommodation at Leazes Terrace was comfortable and very convenient as it was near the Business School, the library, the shopping mall and other useful facilities.

Advice for new students

  1. Work hard in every module. Some modules may interest you more than others but remember that your programme is systematically designed - every module is indispensable.
  2. Never give up. Even if you feel frustrated at times, stay focused on your goal and keep going.
  3. Discuss things frequently with your classmates and professors. You can learn many things from them.

Highlights

It was an honour to become a student representative as part of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Peer Review Team, helping the university to gain the AACSB Accreditation. I fulfilled my goal by passing my Masters with Distinction and I also made some friends for life during my year in Newcastle.

My postgraduate experience in three words

Useful, meaningful and exciting.