Merry is head of financial services for north China at Clariant Tianjin. She is enrolled in Rutgers’ 14-month EMBA program in Beijing.
Q: What motivated you to get your MBA?
A: I wanted to obtain deeper and broader understanding regarding how to run a business and to be prepared for possible career advancements.
Q: What are your impressions of the program?
A: The professors are mostly very professional and well prepared. Textbooks and cases are carefully chosen, with fair exams and challenging teamwork exercises. Students have a variety of backgrounds, which is very good because we can benefit from other students’ inputs. It is a very good way to broaden my network.
Q: How do you expect to use your MBA in the future?
A: It has definitely already helped me when dealing with daily work and team management. It will help me to participate more in company’s strategic and business discussions with better understanding to give valuable input, and to initiate and direct the company’s business on the right approach toward success.
Chen Junfeng (Derek)
Derek is currently pursuing his MBA full-time at China Europe International Business School (CIEBS) in Shanghai.
Q: What is the most important thing you have learned so far while pursuing your MBA?
A: If you want to do business in China, you have to think locally.
Q: Did you consider going to business school abroad?
A: Yes, I did. In fact, I always wanted to study in the US, as I wanted to see what it takes to do business in Western society, and how the growth of US economy is driven by innovation. I might not necessarily have gotten as much exposure to Western culture and business. But on the other hand, I gained the opportunity to build my personal network on the ground in China, which I think is important.
Q: CEIBS is a highly international program. Do you think your experience there has given you experience and insight dealing with both Chinese and non-Chinese views on business?
A: It is truly a very international program, which I believe is different from many other MBA programs operating in mainland China. One thing that I learned from my CEIBS experience was that stereotypes and bias are hard to shake when it comes to dealing with foreign business matters. We tend to believe our home culture and practices are better or make more sense than any others, and therefore stop listening and start judging. It is important to keep an open mind and learn.
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