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Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Suzhou Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, China

MBA Programme Director Interview

20 May 2015

1. As the Programme Director, how would you like to describe the MBA programme?

The IBSS MBA is your ticket to China and the World, offering a contemporary and highly creative, world-class MBA degree through close cooperation with the University of Liverpool, UK. It is designed to international standards with value-added and China specific content. Our international faculty bring the MBA to life with cutting-edge global business knowledge and by employing international best practices in well-rounded management education.

As an MBA student at IBSS, you will earn an internationally recognized MBA degree from the University of Liverpool and be taught real-life curriculum entirely in English to prepare you to succeed in today’s dynamic global business environment.  You will also be immersed in the business and cultural practices of both China and the Western World and explore London’s financial markets in-depth at the University of Liverpool’s London campus.

While  exploring China’s complex society at IBSS’s home campus and in China’s key commercial, political and cultural centers of Shanghai, Beijing and Xi’an, you may also take advantage of additional study opportunities with IBSS educational partners that are  top business schools in North America, Europe and the Middle East. You will become a part of the University of Liverpool’s worldwide alumni network of more than 10,00 (is 10,000 correct?)  in 130 countries.

Finally, you will also have unrivalled access to China-based business connections via IBSS’ strategic location within Suzhou Industrial Park which is home to more than 130 ‘Fortune 500’ companies within a community of some 5,000 Chinese and international enterprises.

Therefore, the IBSS MBA prepares you professionally, connects you with international resources and positions you for a successful global career.

2. Why did you choose to come back and work in China?

Having worked and lived in the UK for over ten years, I decided to return to China in January 2010. Among many reasons, there were  two main factors in my consideration of the University and Suzhou. Firtsly, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a truly unique institution, jointly founded by Xi'an Jiaotong University (China) and the University of Liverpool (UK). It is the largest international collaborative university in China and the language of instruction is English. It has the UK standard, which I have been working with and become familiar with  while I was in UK. Secondly, it was because of the  city of Suzhou. It is often being referred to as the “Venice of the East” or “Venice of China”. It has over 2,500 years of history with classical gardens, canals and temples, as well as the contemporary life style in Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP).
3. What is your future career plan?

I have truly enjoyed working at XJTLU and living in Suzhou, therefore, I would like to further my personal and professional development and continue to build research collaboration and participate in networking here in China.
4. As a professor, how do you manage your time effectively?

Whether a professor or lecturers, as university faculty, we are all expected to make contributions to teaching, research and administration.  Personally, I set priorities and work extra hours, always being approachable and flexible.
5. How should a professional balance work and life? do you think that can be done?

Work-life balance is a must. Taking an example of myself, I like to spend my spare time in doing sports and outdoor activities. I believe it is important to do exercise like running, cycling and travelling, also reserving some time for family and friends. These will in turn benefit a more productive work style and healthy lifestyle choice. I feel passionate and ambitious about what I do at work, so often I willingly work extra hours and am flexible with my time.
6. In your opinion, what will be the key success factors to get a job in China?

Education is always important, but in China, I would say it is a combination of a few factors. For Chinese people, it is to gain global views and perspectives, language skills of English. For non-Chinese, I would say it is the China experience, where it involves cultural understanding and Chinese language skills.

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