Khemmaporne Lekdee

Country of origin: Thailand

Economist, WealthInsight

The reason why I chose to study at Lancaster University was the flexibility of the degree scheme which enabled me to study a combined degree in Economics and International Relations. This allowed me to explore and widen my knowledge in both science and social science fields which gave me a full picture of the international political economy. The courses were excellent and they laid a solid foundation for my later studies.

I have also learnt a lot from other experiences at Lancaster. For example, during my BA degree I was appointed Vice President of Politics Society, and represented the University at a model United Nations Conference 2002 in Bonn, Germany. Getting involved in these various activities has increased my self-confidence, strengthened my communication skills and enhanced my ability to voice my point of view under pressure.

After I completed my BA [the degree has now been renamed BSc Economics], I decided to continue my studies at Lancaster on the Management MSc programme as I wanted to get a better understanding of how business operates and an overall view of the business sector.

The programme offered me a broad range of subjects which I had not previously covered in my undergraduate degree such as finance, accounting, marketing, operation management, leadership and project management. The MSc in Management developed further my understanding of the complexities of organisations. It also taught me how to manage and adapt to change since I had to work closely on various projects with my classmates from different parts of the world.

Towards the end of the MSc in Management, I chose to do my dissertation on the topic of international trade. The most challenging part of my dissertation was that I conducted a formal interview with Mr Abhisit Vejjajiva, the leader of the Thai Democrat party, and later had the honour of a formal lunch at the Randolph Hotel, Oxford, with Dr Surin Pitsuwan, former minister of Thai Foreign Affairs. Both events were extra bonuses on top of my dissertation as I benefitted from the opinions and perspective of individuals with practical experience in the political field beside the existing academic paradigms. Furthermore, these two events also inspired me to pursue my studies further – and I’m now registered on a PhD in Economics and International Relations.

The experience of student life here at Lancaster has given me the necessary tools academically and socially and has prepared me well for the real world.