MSc Education StudiesYuting Jia, China

Tell us a little bit about your background...
I am from Chongqing, Southwest China. I will be a PhD student and doing the research in the University of Strathclyde. My research interests are Philosophy of Education, Philosophy of Technology, as well as Business Intelligence and Government and Ethics. Moreover, my research will focus on the following geographic areas: EU, UK, Scotland, Germany, Southwest China, Chongqing, Chengdu.

My background spans management science, education studies, and applied statistics. In the last year of my bachelor’s degree, I believed that the academic path is right for me. Therefore, I followed my supervisor to do a one-year management science project about data mining helping me understand the whole process from preparing the data and document to report completion, which will greatly broaden my horizons and let me have a great vision for relevant research in the future. My first degree is BSc in Business and Management at Aston Business School. Thus, I have been exposed to business knowledge, such as business strategy, accounting, operations management, and business analytics. Then I realized that I need to strengthen my statistical mathematics and apply more tools to deal with the data problems in my future research. Therefore, in the study of my masters degree, I learned the Data Analytics in R, Machine Learning for Data Analytics, Database and Web Systems Development in UOStrathclyde.

What inspired you to study your chosen subject at Strathclyde?
I met the right mentors and Strathclyde has an excellent academic environment.

What advice would you give to someone considering studying your course?
My advice is to find your answer by yourselves. Please explore the things fully based on reality and your experiences.

How do you think this course will help prepare you for your future career?
For me, this course provides me an opportunity to learn more theories about the philosophy of education and explore broader thinking space. The MSc Education Studies guides me to revalue and re-think about education from a metaphysical point of view to the real world without limitations. It is a good investment in the long run. It is not only for my career plan, but also it allows me to see the future based on my immanence.

Any final points or words of wisdom?
An educated gentleman cannot but be resolute and broad-minded, for he has taken up a heavy responsibility and a long course. Contemporarily educational technology conflicts with many ideological forms (liberalism, neoliberalism, the ideology of the new economy). This phenomenon between business and counterculture has led to a rapid development of educational technology, which introduces a topic: What will the future of education look like?