This week is World Festival Week, celebrating the international community here at Keele University and what it contributes. As part of this week, the KPA will be sharing biographies of some of Keele’s postgraduate international students each day, to recognise the the international contribution to postgraduate study at Keele.
Today, to kick start the week, we have Yan Lan.
Where are you from?
I am from Guangzhou in China, the economic, cultural, technological and educational center and transportation hub of southern China. The Guangzhou Port is the eighth largest in the world.
What are you studying/researching?
I am studying Human Resource Management in the Management School.
Why did you choose to study/research at Keele/UK?
I have been a lecturer at the Southern Medical University in China and established the first Psychological Counseling Research Centre in Guangdong Province. I have been a Human Resource director for a long time, responsible for KPI index setting, management and tracking, government relations, media relations. I was trained for a short time at University of Singapore, studying public policy with a focus on leadership and Human Resource Management. One of Masters degrees is from Sun Yat-sen University, with a focus on Human Resource Management. I have, therefore, developed a strong interest in Human Resource affairs and management of government organs. I, however, lacked knowledge of Human Resource Management practice in other countries and so wanted to come to the UK to learn the practice and theories of Human Resource in developed countries. I am fortunate to be one of 1,600 Chevening Scholars, supported by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office, narrowed from 45,000 applicants. I hope the knowledge and experience I gain in the UK will help my work in China but also strengthen Sino-British relations.
What is your favourite memory of Keele to date?
So much! I love the beautiful campus and the perfect services provided for international students. There are also some fantastic teachers, with a positive attitude. In particular, Dr Carola, my first teacher, who came from Germany 20 years ago and is very supportive and encouraging, and Jack Cao, from China and an inspiration for Chinese contribution to education here at Keele.
Don’t forget to check in tomorrow to see our next profile!