Q&A with UCL-PKU MBA graduate Xiaojing Wang
By Sophie Vinter, on 22 November 2019
Launched in 2016 as part of UCL and PKU’s deep strategic partnership, the MBA combines the unique research and teaching strengths of the UCL School of Management and the Peking University National School of Development.
Based in Beijing, students have the opportunity to complete elective courses in London during the summer. They also undertake a business research project, supplemented by training and guidance on consultancy services, business planning, and business research.
- Can you tell us more about your current job and what your role involves?
I’m working in the UK Department for International Trade Education and Skills Team (China) as the Head of Early Years Education and English Language Training.
My role is to support UK-China G2G and B2B collaboration in these two areas, both on export and investment.
- How did you hear about the UCL-PKU MBA and what made you want to apply?
One of the stakeholders that I knew studied an MBA at PKU, so I contacted the recruitment team and was recommended the UCL-PKU programme.
The programme was appealing to me because I am promoting UK education, and I am a huge fan of UK universities. UCL as a top 10 university of the world is a huge plus for my education experience.
- What’s been the most interesting aspect of the programme for you?
The summer study in the UK was the most interesting thing. First of all, it really made me feel that I am part of UCL rather than just PKU. It gave me more attachment to the university. Secondly, the programme and the professors were really great. They offered us opportunities to align the theory we’ve seen in class with practical cases, as they took us on quite a few company visits. Thirdly, as the university is in London, it really gave us a great opportunity to feel the dynamics of the city.
Also, as we were the first group taking part, the programme did attract quite interesting colleagues to join, which made the study quite fun.
- What did your Business Research Project focus on?
Together with two other colleagues, we analysed the Fedex and TNT acquisition project.
We basically used the theories we’ve studied in class – including accounting, decision-making and strategic management – to analyse why it was a good option for Fedex to acquire TNT. We hope to generate some suggestions for Chinese express companies to take as reference when they consider overseas mergers and acquisitions.
I was very impressed by all the courses related to decision making and strategy, especially in the UK. The professors were very enthusiastic, and passed on their enthusiasm and knowledge to us.
- What are the rest of your cohort like? Have you found it useful to learn from each other?
Indeed, the colleagues who joined the programme were from different parts of China and different industries. I’ve definitely learnt a great deal from them, and they also made my study experience more fun as well.
- Do you think doing the MBA has benefited your career? If so, how?
I do think has benefited my career. I am from an Arts & Humanities background, and the knowledge I gained about accounting and decision-making etc. helped me to be more rational when looking at different projects. I could provide more profound insight to the stakeholders that I work with.