Bachelor in Economics, Zhejiang University
Assistant Professor of Finance, Tsinghua University
Why did you choose to do your PhD at Imperial College Business School?
The first and most important reason I choose the PhD programme is my personal interest in research. The PhD programme is designed to develop outstanding scholars for careers in research and teaching at leading academic institutions throughout the world. Imperial College Business School is a world-class research institution and there is enormous resource for PhD students doing research. I had the opportunity to discuss my research ideas with the great faculty members in School.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same programme as you?
The Doctoral programme can provide you with great opportunities for both academic and professional careers. For a new PhD student, the first two years are quite important, you learn theoretical modelling skills and empirical methods that will be your weapons in the next stage of PhD and your future research career. Meanwhile, you can attend talks and seminars given by well-known researchers in London and from all over the world. Besides, remember to share your ideas with your fellow students and faculty members because great research ideas start from discussion.
How did you find living in London?
London is a great place to live due to its strong international combination, except the weather (many rainy days) is unfriendly to a person who doesn’t like to hold umbrella! There are very few things you won’t be able to find in London.
Career & professional development
How has your PhD contributed to your career success?
The PhD training at Imperial College Business School shaped my career. It helped me transition from a student, who learnt textbook knowledge, to a researcher who can create new knowledge. Being able to work with experienced and motivated researchers has helped me to develop strong research skills so that I was able to obtain a job offer for a faculty position after my PhD.
What is your current role like?
As an assistant professor, I am expected to contribute to both research and teaching. Besides, I also actively participate in the public service of the university and the general community.
What do you enjoy most about your current work and what are the main challenges that you face?
I can freely allocate my time across different tasks. To publish in top journals is the main challenge for a researcher, but it is also the most exciting part of research life.
The alumni network
In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you?
It is important to stay connected to the alumni network. I often attend Business School Alumni events, as they are a great way to develop ideas in the specific interest areas. I meet old and new friends there and we talk new research, business ideas and School life.