International Alumni

We have alumni all over the world who have gone on to achieve great things and here we celebrate some of our outstanding graduates.

CEO - Cebarco Bahrain


Permanent Secretary 
Ugandan Ministry of ICT


PhD Student Mayanmar


Director ACCA Malaysia Sdn Bhd


Senior marketing manager, JLL South China



Why did you choose your programme at Glasgow Caledonian?

I was seeking a post-graduate programme in Human Rights, which could be studied part-time.  I was resident outside the UK and wasn’t in a position to take off a full-year or more from my career.  There were not many universities that offered such a programme, but luckily GCU introduced a course in the very year I enrolled, so I was part of the first batch of students.

What did you enjoy most about life at the university?

I really enjoyed the support offered by the faculty: the sense of involvement into the students’ journeys that they portrayed.  The mixed backgrounds of other students in my course was also a distinct advantage.

What did you enjoy most about your programme?

I think that the Graduation Ceremony was the greatest highlight!  It was very well organised and having some of my family there from overseas was a moment of great pride for me.

What advice do you have for people considering applying to university?

I’d be a strong advocate for people wanting to study at GCU and I would advise them to speak to other students, most of whom I know have very positive feedback.  Also, learning from the experiences of others is a great short-cut to picking up the many things that a university course offers.

What do you think about Glasgow?

I am extremely fond of the city and its people!

Can you provide a quote that sums up your GCU experience?

When I enrolled in GCU, it offered a Masters course that I couldn’t easily find elsewhere.  After studying there, I realised the university actually offered many things that I couldn’t easily find elsewhere: including a very supportive faculty and a brilliantly located campus in a vibrant and friendly city!

Any other comments/experiences?

Thank you for actively keeping in contact with your alumni – this is a valuable activity that we appreciate.

What do you plan to do now you have graduated/what are your career aspirations?

Study more!!!


Stephen Shields

M.Sc Human Rights & Citizenship 2014

Senior marketing manager, JLL South China


"I remembered the first day I arrived at the campus for registration, I immediately had the opportunity to attend the master class delivered by Patrick Grant, CEO of Norton & Sons on Savile Row that same evening."
Callas Chen, MBA Luxury Brand Marketing, 2015

Callas has a taste for luxury. Her search for the finer things in life is perhaps why, with ten years of marketing and branding experience behind her, MBA Luxury Brand Marketing was the perfect combination.

Studying abroad is a daunting experience for any international student but she found GCU London to be like a “cosy home.”

The setting of the campus on Fashion Street also allowed her to pursue her second love: style.

Only four months after coming to the UK from China, Burberry offered her a part time job at their Bond Street branch as a stylist.

Now, she has her sights set even higher. Callas is the Senior Marketing Manager of JLL South China hub, a real estate and investment management company specialising in luxury goods like Grade A office buildings, skyscrapers and high-end residences.

In China, luxury housing is on the up and up so Callas works hard on the brand, organising client events with up to 1000 attendees and implementing marketing campaigns.

She urges students and new graduates to practice their skills in a real business setting. Cocktail sessions after talks at GCU London provided a fantastic opportunity for her to network with potential contacts.

The fashion world still beckons Callas and she hopes to become a part-time fashion stylist or styling consultant one day.