I recently hosted an Information Session showcasing the Global Masters in Management (GMiM), our two-year, dual degree programme taught in collaboration with Fudan University in Shanghai. I was joined by a panel of alumni and current students who shared everything from their programme experience to preparation for life in Shanghai and the impact the GMiM has had so far.
Jie Wu (GMiM2024)
Kung Chea (GMiM2024)
Louis Lee (GMiM2020)
Marcel Bartelik (GMiM2022)
Sean Burris (GMiM2020)
Why did you choose the GMiM?
Sean: “I specifically looked for masters programmes in China, with the intention of finding a job in the Greater China area, and thought it was a win-win to join a programme delivered by both Fudan and LBS.”
Marcel: “I wanted to study in London as the hub for consulting and entrepreneurship, but also wanted to gain experience in China as it is an important economic country.”
Louis: “I was born and raised in Italy, but by parents are from Taiwan so I wanted to explore their country while tapping into the LBS network.”
Kung: “I was interested in Shanghai-based masters programmes because I have a long term plan to return to my home country of Cambodia. Due to the close geopolitical relationship with China, I wanted to immerse myself in the culture and understand their business practices.”
Jie: “I come from mainland China and wanted to do an international masters to gain exposure to a different country. The two year programme gives me the flexibility to apply for summer and graduate internships in different locations.”
How does the first year in London prepare you for life in Fudan?
Marcel: “The weekly Mandarin classes during the first year gives you a basic understanding of the language which you will build upon in the second year.”
Sean: “I attended events hosted by the China club. The China Business Forum covered issues in China and the business implications, which gave me some knowledge in advance of the cases covered in Fudan. I also did some Mandarin classes prior to starting the programme.”
Kung: “There are touchpoints throughout the year for us to connect with each other.”
The GMiM is a niche programme. What is it like being part of this small community?
Marcel: “As a smaller group, we were able to get to know each other really well.”
Louis: “It’s the best of both worlds: you get access to the networks of both schools.”
Jie: “It gives you access to more employment opportunities than you might not have planned for initially.”
What impact has access to both LBS’ and Fudan’s networks had?
Louis: “LBS and Fudan are quite similar. Fudan provides formal career support like the Career Centre, mentorship and organized events. You can also connect with other members of the community and arrange coffee chats.”
Jie: Although our first year is spent at LBS, we already have access to Fudan’s career centre and are able to use their resources.
Sean: “I made connections at the career fair organized by Fudan’s School of Management and was able to apply for an internship there. My mentor helped me prepare for the assessment centre at the company I now work at.”
What were you expecting from your time at Fudan and what was the reality?
Louis: “I expected to learn more about China’s economy and business strategies, and explore career opportunities – the reality was pretty similar!”
Sean: “Mine were also similar: I thought I’d be able to connect with companies in Greater China and we were able to visit multiple companies. However, the thesis was not quite as difficult as I expected!”
What do you expect to gain/experience from the upcoming year?
Kung: “I want to understand the business practices and I’m looking forward to working with an advisor in my area of interest for the thesis.”
Jie: “I hope to gain more job opportunities in China.”
How has being a GMiM graduate impacted your career?
Louis: “You get the LBS brand and network and the Fudan experience helps opens up new opportunities as an international jobseeker.”
Sean: “The expertise gained from the GMiM helps you stand out, it showed my interest, understanding and dedication to the region. I wouldn’t have known how to start my career in China without the GMiM.”
What do you think your post-GMiM career will look like? Where are you targeting?
Kung: “I’m keen to work with Chinese companies in Shanghai or Greater China and I’m looking forward to it after hearing the alumni’s experiences!”
If you’d like to hear from the panelists themselves and listen to additional insights from the Q&A section, you can watch the recording here.
If you have any questions about the GMiM programme or admissions process, my team is here to help. To get started, submit your CV for an informal review here.