Shaoxuan Wang

Country of origin: China

Programme Manager, COFCO Property Co. Ltd

LUMS is a triple accredited leading business school. It has a great reputation in both its academic and career prospect. I finished my undergraduate study in a key university focused in business and trade, my field of study then was international trade and economics. For my postgraduate study, I wanted to learn more about finance, and the MSc Money Banking & Finance programme provided courses both in economics and finance which matched my demand. At LUMS I was engaged in a highly international community with peer students from all around the world, which enable me to interact with people from different culture backgrounds.

The MSc Money, Banking & Finance degree had a small class size which allowed me to have better interaction with professors and students. The curriculum combines economics and finance together which gave me a broader understanding of banking and the financial sector. During my study in Lancaster, I've accepted rigorous academic training.

Every course required not only to read lots of professional materials, but also to nurture critical thinking and problem-solving skills. To some degree, companies and industrial research were involved in almost every paper and group course work throughout each semester. In order to conduct comprehensive research, we were trained to use statistical software such as Eviews and STATA, which would also be quite useful for my future study or work.

I made lots of friends in Lancaster and life at LUMS with them was wonderful. My classmates, coming from 10 different countries, were passionate and friendly, and we became a team with the members supporting each other.

After intensive studying, the best way to relax for me was to enjoy my time in the new sports centre. I was a member of the Lancaster University Canoe Club (LUCC) and we got three training sessions each week. I’ve not only learned a new sport but also had a lot of fun participating gatherings and parties held by this club.

My dissertation was a collaborative research project launched by Lloyds Bank and the Management School. The research was mainly focused on higher education sector and the aim of the study was to evaluate the influence that variation of pound-sterling exchange rate brings to the admission of international students at universities in Britain. I've collected a 15 years’ worth of panel data from different databases and conducted regression analysis using software such as Eviews and STATA. It enhanced my ability to conduct research and collect industrial data through different resources.

I’ve made the most of studying at LUMS and enjoyed my time at Lancaster. Every experience is unforgettable; not only the knowledge and skills, but also the people I’ve met are invaluable. The city of Lancaster is lovely and peaceful.

I’m now working in a real estate company called COFCO property CO. LTD as a Programme Manager. The company is a branch of the State-owned enterprise COFCO Group. Our department focus on developing a commercial real estate product called the Joy City.