International Human Resource Management (MSc) Lichen Yuan

Why Strathclyde

Prior to studying the MSc International Human Resource Management at the University of Strathclyde, I completed a Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering at Xiangtan University in China. After this, I worked for an English language training provider for almost a year before deciding to pursue a Master’s degree.

I have always aspired to study at Strathclyde Business School because it is well renowned around the world. Furthermore, the University's location in the centre of Glasgow and cultural atmosphere are excellent.

Students walking past exterior of Strathclyde Business School on Cathedral Street

The reason I chose to study International Human Resource Management was that it teaches you the proper allocation of human resources according to the requirements of the development strategy of a company, so that the potential of employees can be utilised to create value for the company and bring benefits to the company. Moreover, I enjoy communicating with people, which paved the way for my subsequent career in the human resources industry.

My learning experience

I would like to thank Professor Phil Taylor, Professor Dora Scholarios, Stewart Johnstone and our professional managers Karen Morrison and Gemma Wilson for their excellent teaching and for their help and support on professional issues. They not only broadened my horizons, but also helped me with a number of academic difficulties.

I would also like to give special thanks to my dissertation supervisor Professor Ian Cunningham, who gave me valuable feedback and helpful advice throughout the writing of my dissertation and, in key instances, provided firm support and encouragement during the research process.

Over the course of my studies, I have mastered the basic theoretical knowledge of management, economics, and human resource management, as well as the qualitative and quantitative methods of human resource management. At the same time, the course curriculum has given me strong skills in language and written expression, interpersonal communication, organisation and coordination and leadership.

Work experience during university

I worked as a student ambassador for the Young Chinese Professionals (YCP) section of the UK Federation of Chinese Professionals (UKFCP) and my work focused on organising and planning the annual 'UK-CHINA Careers Fair' programme and the 'YCP Awards' programme.

Each week I met with the leadership and student committee and liaised with the managers or leaders of the companies involved in the projects. The UKFCP has a comprehensive partnership with the University of Strathclyde to promote the positive development of the professional community, which has a long-term impact on the relationship between the UK and East Asia.

The long-term relationship between the UK and East Asia is of great economic and social importance. By linking up Chinese professionals and open-minded organisations via the Young Chinese Professionals Ambassador Programme, the UKFCP is able to create a truly win-win future for both parties.

Recommendations & advice

Studying abroad requires a lot of self-care and communication skills, and is a great way to develop all your skills. If you choose to study abroad, it is important to be prepared. The University of Strathclyde is a very good choice, both in terms of staff and location. When it comes to choosing a major, it is best to choose something that interests you or that you would like to pursue in the future. I am now working in a HR related job and I am enjoying it very much.

Lichen Yuan