Zhile (Slerk) Yang
PHD Student - Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
"Queen's has invested more money than any other UK University in recent years, including a new Physical education centre and an international student support centre. Their facilities are among the best I've seen."
Why did you choose Queen's?
The school of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EEECS) is in the top 10 for research quality in the UK.
They provide their students with excellent opportunities to be involved with leading academic events.
What do you think of life in Belfast?
Belfast is a really nice city and it is really easily accessed from the University; It's only a 15 minute walk to the city centre
Northern Ireland on the whole is a very nice place to leave with some beautiful scenery and tourist attractions, like the Giant's Causeway and the Titanic Quarter.
What do you enjoy doing outside of your course?
I am president of the Chinese student and scholars association so I am heavily involved in organising their activities.
Our events include the welcome dinner, the Christmas Ball and Spring Ball Gala. We try to help Chinese students feel at home here in Belfast.
What would you say to Chinese Students considering Queen's?
I would encourage them to seriously consider Queen's.
It has a good reputation, nice environment, lower cost of living than other UK cities and the people are very friendly.
"All of the teaching staff, from the Professors and lecturers to the teaching assistants, have been very supportive."
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"Queen's has created a wonderful environment to learn and develop as a person. My course is based in the Riddell Hall which is an amazing facility."
PhD in Pharmacy - Jiangsu, China
"The McClay Library is the most modern library I have ever seen. They offer lots of useful facilities, like computers, online books and journals and lots of useful learning materials. Also the café there is really nice!"
Why did you decide to study at Queen’s?
Pingfan Rao, Professor of the Institute of Biotechnology at Fuzhou University recommended the School of Pharmacy at Queen’s.
I got lots of useful information about the School’s academic reputation which helped me decide Queen's was the right place for me to study.
How has Queen's helped you settle into life at university?
Queen’s offers a series of activities for international students.
These include Welcome week, peer mentoring help and events organised by the Students’ Union.
What aspects of your course do you enjoy most?
The School of Pharmacy has offered us good research facilities
They encouraged us to improve our communication, teamwork, time management, negotiation and problem-solving skills through group work, presentations, and lab working experiences.
What are your experiences of living in Belfast?
I have been to some local scenic spots like the Giant’s Causeway and Newcastle.
Sometimes I like going on a camping trip with my local friends to the north coast.