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Student profile: Wangchen Liu's story

My Queen's Timeline

June 2011

Graduated from Queen’s University Joint Foundation Programme at Shenzhen University

September 2011 – June 2015

BSc Finance with a Year in Industry - Awarded “Best international student at the Management School”

September 2015

Received a scholarship to study the International MBA at Queen’s

 

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MY FIRST TIME

TRAVELLING TO QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY

The first part of the journey is from Hong Kong International Airport to Heathrow Airport in London. It took about 13 hours.

It was only a 1 hour flight from London (Heathrow) to Belfast and then 10 minutes by bus/taxi to the City Centre

Airlines from Hong Kong to London*

Airlines from London to Belfast*

DIRECT

CONNECTING

DIRECT
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Lufthansa
  • Qatar
  • Swiss
  • Aer Lingus
  • British Airways
  • Easy Jet

* Suggested airlines only

SETTLING INTO BELFAST

I've made so many friends from the UK and all over the world.

Student events such as “Icoffee” and “Iconnect” are organised weekly.
I also tried Ceilidh Dancing – a traditional dance from Northern Ireland.

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Living in Belfast costs as little as £500 per month

I live in Queen’s accommodation which includes electricity, gas and internet. At only £200 per month, I save on living costs. Plus, I’m only a 15-minute walk from the main campus

I’ve been living in Belfast for a while now and find using the pound (£) really easy. There are plenty of places to shop for food nearby. Tesco is convenient, there’s an Asian supermarket close to me, and in the city centre I can get great seafood from St Georges Market.

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My degree: INTERNATIONAL MBA

First term starts at the end of September and lasts for 12 weeks with exams in January, the second term starts in February lasting to May with exams in June, followed by a dissertation or consulting project.

We were also invited to take part in a special residential week for the International MBA programme at the beautiful Giant’s Causeway, bringing all the students on the programme together – some of whom I know will be friends for life!

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The Giant's Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway and the surrounding coastline is a UNESCO world heritage site and is an award winning attraction.

The residential included workshops facilitated by the William J Clinton Leadership Institute (part of Queen’s Management School), covering topics such as leadership, teams and team building, cultural awareness and MBTI analysis as well as insight from senior leaders in industry on how they developed their leadership skills.

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Masterclass with Industry

We have many visiting speaker events including President De Klerk from South Africa and CEOs and Managing Directors from local and international companies

We also had the opportunity to visit businesses around Northern Ireland including PwC and Northern Ireland Water.

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MAKING FRIENDS

STUDENT SOCIETIES

The Freshers’ Fair takes place in the first week of university.

Queen’s has over 190 clubs and societies to choose from and I joined the Chinese Student and Scholars Association which holds many events throughout the year.

Chinese New Year

Once exams were completed, it freed up some time to enjoy Chinese New Year.

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association spent a large amount of time in preparing the Chinese New Year Gala. I worked on the technology side of things, setting up background slides and videos for the New Year’s Gala.
A truly enjoyable evening!

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Skydiving and socialising

I joined the PEC at Queen’s University, a state of the art gym where Olympic athletes trained in the run up to the 2012 Olympics in London.

I also joined the skydiving club. It’s Bargain Mondays at the Odeon Cinema on Monday nights so you can watch all the latest films for £3.00 or alternatively Queen’s has its own Film Theatre which shows films from around the world.

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The trading and investment club

I also joined the Trading and Investment Club at Queen’s Management School where I got the opportunity to meet Manus Cranny

Manus is the European Markets Editor and News Anchor for Bloomberg Television and an Economics Alumni of the Management School.

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My future

Careers and opportunities

Queen’s hosts a number of Careers Fairs throughout the year, providing the opportunity to meet recruiters from local, national and international companies.

In 2015, I also took part in a trading competition organised by a trading company, SIG, based in Dublin, where I came second.