Guangzhou Alumni Group

Guangzhou Alumni Contacts: Jiaxin Xie and Giulia Ravasi

Jiaxin and Giulia organise social and networking events for Lancaster alumni in Guangzhou.

To receive invitations, please ensure that your address details on the alumni database indicate that you live in China. Update your details online (requires log on) or by emailing us. 

To find out more about the group, please email Jiaxin or Giulia directly.

What I’m doing now

Jiaxin: I am working as the Senior PMO Officer at HSBC.

Giulia: My Masters degree in International Innovation Entreprenership catapulted me to Guangzhou for a period of 6 months working on a company project in partnership with a UK company and a local Chinese company. At the end of the six months project, I didn’t leave China. I remained, settled down here and started my career in International Trade importing British FMCG products and culture.

My best Lancaster memory

Jiaxin: Days in the library and the sunshine in Alexandra Square :)

Giulia:  All my best memories about Lancaster are all the opportunities the University offered me and all the doors studying here opened! From being President of Bright Futures Society to becoming Bloomberg Campus Ambassador, from joining the International Summer Programme at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, to spending six months of my Masters degree at South China University of Technology to moving and settling down in Guangzhou; it is all thanks to Lancaster University! Looking back, my best memory is definitely when I received the email offering me the opportunity to go to Guangzhou as an exchange student during the Summer break of my second year of undergraduate degree. As part of the scholarship I received, I had the opportunity to start studying Mandarin language at the Confucius Institute at Lancaster and being introduced to a completely new and fascinating language and culture! If I wasn’t offered that opportunity in 2014, I wouldn’t be pursuing my career in China at present!


What Lancaster means to me

Jiaxin: A happy and great place to study/learn/grow.

Giulia: Lancaster represents much more than simply the University where I studied. It represents my first time living alone, in a new country, with people and friends from all over the world. Lancaster University gathers together in one place different cultures and stories, and studying there gets you access to all of this.


Why I volunteer as an alumni group co-ordinator

Jiaxin: I am happy to chat to people and build relationships with others especially as we all share the happy memories of Lancaster - the University and the town.

Giulia:  I am volunteering as an alumni group co-ordinator in Guangzhou not only because I wish to develop a community of talented people in the city where I live and work, but mainly because I want to keep the spirit of Lancaster University alive and give something back to the University that made me the person I am today. 

Even though we leave University, we will forever belong to the place and institution that gave us the best time of our life!