GCU student to travel to Beijing for UK China Student Forum

30 April 2013

Andy Law

Andy Law

GCU student Andy Law has been selected by the British Council as an ambassador to its UK China Student Forum 2013.

Andy, a fourth year Business with Marketing student, is the only representative of a Scots university among the six students chosen to attend the event in Beijing. The forum allows students to discuss international education and internationalisation and aims to raise awareness of the increasing significance of student mobility and the benefits of an international experience.

Said Andy: “The forum is an amazing opportunity to take part in discussions on something I am passionate about. Travelling prepares students for today’s global working environment, in which graduates must be sensitive to and interested in other cultures. Too few people realise the importance of that and I would recommend taking up an opportunity to travel with GCU.

“I caught the travelling bug after taking part in a GCU study trip to one of its partners in India, Chitkara University. That really opened my mind and I followed that trip with an Erasmus semester in Italy, which was fantastic. I’m excited about the challenges the forum will bring and I am looking forward to learning more about China and experiencing all it has to offer.”

Ms Jazreel Goh, Director Education Marketing, British Council China, said: “We are really pleased to be inviting some of the most globally astute students from the UK to Beijing to discuss with their Chinese peers the issues directly affecting their education. We hope this will be a lively discussion that will allow students to voice their opinion on the future of international education.” 

Andy was selected after submitting essays on whether travelling abroad should be a compulsory part of education, how education can prepare students for work in a globalised world and how he would promote an international experience to UK students. The forum includes a week of activities centred on the theme of international experience. A day will be dedicated to discussions between the UK team and their Chinese counterparts, during which they will voice their ideas in front of a panel of education and industry experts and a student audience at Peking University. 

Rhona Hodgart , Exchange and Study Abroad Manager, said: “We are delighted by Andy’s success and are very proud of him. He is a great ambassador for GCU and his time abroad has been transformational. Andy is a real example of the benefits of taking up GCU opportunities to participate in an international experience. He is now a truly international student and we wish him every success in his global career.”

Andy will be back in China later this summer after successfully applying for a three-month internship in Shanghai.

The Student Forum forms part of the British Council’s new Generation UK campaign that aims to encourage more students from the UK to pursue international opportunities in China, either through academic studies or work placements. The Student Forum forms part of the British Council’s new Generation UK campaign that aims to encourage more students from the UK to pursue international opportunities in China, either through academic studies or work placements.