Lin Dong

Lin Dong
Nationality: Chinese

Institute and subject studied for Undergraduate degree:  MSc Strategic Marketing, Imperial College Business School
BA (Hons) International Business Management, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

What is your previous work experience and how did this prepare you for the programme? The most important academic related experience for me was working as a part-time Research Assistant in Nottingham Business School. This experience facilitated my understanding of academic work and stimulated my initial interest in research.


Why did you decide to study the Doctoral programme at Imperial College Business School and what makes this programme unique?
I finished my Master’s degree at Imperial College and the distinguished faculties in the Business School were very impressive. Comparing it with other universities, the supervisors from Imperial are the best regarding their academic achievement, and both of them have been very supportive. Combined with its location and global reputation, Imperial was an ideal choice.

What aspect/s of the Doctoral programme have been the most rewarding?
Working with faculties who are dedicated to their work really pushes me to set high standards for my research, which has fostered the learning progress. In addition, our program enables PhD students to connect with renowned scholars from different countries in different academic areas. Sometimes you can see the authors you cite in your papers walking around the campus, which can be truly exciting. PhD students have the opportunity to have a short conversation with them and even talk with them about their research.


What has been the greatest opportunity you have had at Imperial that you wouldn’t get anywhere else?
Imperial always holds high quality academic seminars and industry conferences that are open to PhD students. These events help us to stay on top of current conversations in the business world and link our research to the industry practices.

Do you think studying in a central location such as London is beneficial for networking and career opportunities? Please share any positive experiences you have had.
The location is truly significant. By chance I was able to attend an academic workshop with professors from famous universities across Europe. The workshop series are always held in London mainly because of its location. Networking and learning opportunities like this are hard to find in other places.


Whereabouts do you live in London and why did you choose to live there?
London is absolutely one of the best cities to live in. You can spend a lifetime exploring this city. No matter what you are interested in, you can always find the right places to go. Even just for a normal working day, walking through a random beautiful street with imposing architecture or fascinating history can release stress from work and really make your day.

What can a weekend in London look like for a PhD student?
There are just so many options such as walking or cycling in parks, racing around the museums, a short trip to other cities, watching musicals and so on.