Yachang Zeng

Country of origin: China

Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Studying at Lancaster University is one of the most delightful and fruitful experiences during my life time.  The experience is also an important mile stone of my career. I did both my PhD and Master degrees at Lancaster University. I joined the school’s PhD Accounting and Finance programme after I obtained the MSc degree in Accounting & Financial Management in 2005.

Before studying at Lancaster, I worked as a Chinese CPA in China. I decided to study abroad to gain international experience and to broaden my professional knowledge. Lancaster was the best option because of its reputation for academic excellence (in both research and education), the intellectual environment stimulated by the leading experts in the fields of Accounting and Finance, its large international community, the School’s cutting-edge facilities, the beautiful campus, the historical city centre and the Lake District nearby.

The MSc programme at Lancaster had a great mix of theory and practice. The programme helped me to develop not only advanced practical skills but also critical and creative thinking abilities. These personal developments provided me with an excellent foundation for my PhD study afterwards.

Pursuing a PhD degree at Lancaster was a challenging and unforgettable experience. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the supervisors, professors and the research fellows in LUMS for their support and encouragement in the moments I was faced with a challenge. I benefited enormously from their suggestions, comments, and corrections. I learned, and I am still learning, from them the ability to develop an innovative take on a paper, the relentless emphasis on rigorous research design, and so much more. It has been a great pleasure to collaborate with them. During our collaboration, I had the opportunity to observe closely how an excellent scholar works.

Lancaster University provided me an opportunity to join the INTACCT research network, which promotes a scientific research programme related to the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in Europe. As an output of the programme, one of my PhD dissertation papers is now published in a top core Accounting journal.

After receiving my PhD degree in 2010, I joined Tilburg University in the Netherlands as an Assistant Professor in 2009-2015. Currently, I am working at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.