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Xin Li

I am a PHD Candidate in Institute of Finance and Banking of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

What are you doing now?Xin Li

Currently I hold several positions including the Executive Director of Aron Capital - a Chinese Fund Manager based in Beijing, the COO of start-up company ZiPeiYi, and several other non-paid positions as a Lecturer in IAMAC & AMAC, which are Chinese associations for Bankers & Fund managers in China. I am also a PHD Candidate in Institute of Finance and Banking of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I highly value the trust people placed in me. Northumbria University is the first university that accepted my application when I was pursuing my education in England, so I decided to leave Bournemouth for Newcastle without any hesitation. If Northumbria need me in the future, I would be honoured to share my love of Northumbria University and provide my assistance in Beijing and China.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Everything was perfect.

How connected was your course with industry?

The course was very helpful. It connected with the industry for our team projects and with guest lecturers.

What was the best thing about your course?

The best thing about my course was the module selection system, it reflected the freedom of studying at Northumbria and gave me more opportunities to design my own process and study plan.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

I learnt to think like an IT engineer. I remember the happiness when studying RFID, GIS and others, whilst using a different logic to review ordinary life. It is important for me to keep curious about things.

Which skills/ knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

The ability to express myself and to develop my self-study abilities.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?


What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Studying at Northumbria is amazing, but it is not easy. You need to study hard to enjoy your school life.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Fulfilling, valuable and memorable.

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