Successful China visit by ASBS delegation

Successful China visit by ASBS delegation

Issued: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:41:00 BST

A delegation of staff from the Adam Smith Business School, led by Head of School, Professor John Finch, has returned from a successful visit to China. During their visit between 28 February and 3 March, the delegation met nearly 400 alumni graduating from the School through two extremely successful alumni events and one VIP dinner. 

In Shanghai, the Professional Development Seminar, the School’s annual flagship alumni event in the region, saw 175 alumni attending. This Seminar has been very popular since it was first established in 2014. It aims to help recently returned Chinese alumni to navigate through their careers by bringing in experienced alumni to share their career path and advice. The event now incorporates talks from alumni in different career stages to maximize the impact of the Seminar on the alumni audience, which ranges from fresh graduates to those who are in their middle career stage. This year, speakers included Miss Gail McGuigan (ASBS Careers Manager), Miss Zi Ye (Associate Manager, Nielsen, MFin 2012) and Mr See Leong Fang (Asia/China CEO & EVP, Global Operations, Ryerson Inc, BSc in Mechanical Engineering 1981).

Ze Yi, Associate Manager, Nielsen, graduated from the School's MFin programme in 2012.

Miss McGuigan invited attendees to think ahead of market changes and encouraged them to prepare to play their strengths; Miss Ye shared her experience of career progression and Mr Fang provided advice on leadership development. The event ended with a networking session, which allowed attendees to follow up with the speakers one-to-one. Staff also shared plans for the MBA 40th anniversary events which will be held in Glasgow in September.

In Beijing, more than 185 alumni and students from the Glasgow-Nankai Joint Graduate School attended a ceilidh. Professor Finch invited Miss Yuqian Gao (MBA 2016) who won the Best MBA Student 2015-16 for the first dance. All attendees had opportunities to polish their ceilidh skills on the dancing floor.

Alumni enjoying the ceilidh hosted by the Adam Smith Business School

‌The night before the ceilidh event, the School delegation welcomed 12 selected alumni to a VIP dinner in Beijing. The alumni who attended the dinner are successful in their careers, many of whom have been engaged with the School as volunteers. Miss Zhuo Zhang (Founder Founder/Managing Consultant at ZENCH Consulting & Co, Ltd, MBA 2007), Mr Marco Gasparroni (Regional Director Greater China at Exprivia, Economics Exchange Student 1995-96), Mr Jiajun Yuan (Vice President of Strategy & Operation at Trends Media Group, MSc in Enterprise and Business Growth 2006) and Mr Fuze Song (Vice President at Tianjin Iflytek Co., Ltd, MBA 2010) have all recently given their time and expertise to the School. Discussions covered the School's current links with China, the rapidly expanding alumni network, and internship and work placement opportunities for our Glasgow students. ASBS staff included Professor Jim Conroy, Vice Principal for Internationalisation; Mrs Emily Howie, Head of Alumni Engagement, DAO; Miss Gail McGuigan, Careers Manager, ASBS and Dr Xiang Li, Alumni Manager, ASBS

The Glasgow delegation, including Professor John Finch, Emily Wallace, Xiang Li and , hosted a VIP dinner for alumni.

In addition to the formal events, staff also met separately with Mr Lawrence Jin (Partner, Deloitte, BAcc 1996), one of the School's most senior and successful alumni. Mr Jin hosted the group at his Shanghai Deloitte Office, and briefed the delegation Deloitte’s China strategy and its recruitment processes. Mr Jin has been an active alumni volunteer. Since 2015, he has supported the School in the following projects: key note speaker, an interview with Aspire and the most recent support in a joint research collaboration with Professor John McKernan, Head of Accounting & Finance. Mr. Jin has fond memories of his time at Glasgow and offered to contribute to the School development wherever he is needed.

During the China visit, Professor Finch also visited Nankai University - the University's partner university located in Tianjin. He met Professor Chunhua Yang, Vice President of Nankai University and the new Vice Principal Internationalisation, staff from Nankai Confucius Institute as well as some of the Joint Graduate School students.