Rui Peng

Country of origin: China

Self-employed

With 10+ years of working experience in project management and human resource management in reputable multinational companies, my next step in my career development is to start my own business in management consultancy, focusing on leadership and management development. In the pursuit of this goal, I enrolled on the MA in HR and Consulting at LUMS at Lancaster University.

As expected, the emphasis on integrated theoretical concepts as well as on practices in the business environment enriched my systematic knowledge of the field. Through sharing with professionals from various cultural backgrounds I also acquired knowledge of best practice. This has broadened my vision in both the HR and consulting fields and driven me to think out of the box.

The experiential learning on this programme enabled me to get started with the whole process of consulting. The client consultancy in the second term gave me opportunities to work for real-life organisations in a multicultural and cross-functional environment to gain more experience in management consultancy. The project team worked out feasible solutions to real business issues with valuable reflections on the whole process, adding value to the client and indicating future actions they could take.

Study abroad in the Netherlands

After the MA programme at LUMS, I applied for the Study Abroad programme at RSM, Erasmus University Rotterdam to experience a different academic environment from LUMS at one of the top 10 European business schools.

We had a large class with more than 70 students from 25 countries. The environment of diversity enabled us to share individual experience on education, culture, life, etc., with each other and gain insights from different perspectives. We also had the chance to choose courses from other Masters programmes to obtain wider perspectives on other fields (marketing, supply chain, innovation, etc.).

My year at LUMS will be an unforgettable shining point in my life. And the exchange experience at RSM is an extra plus for it.