The Great Wall of China was made of stone, brick, wood and other materials that were built to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups. The wall was built during Qin Shihuang’s time who was the first emperor of China. The wall extended over 13,000 miles across China. During our trip, we were given an hour to climb as high as we could up the wall. It was a hot day (over 90° F), but the Great Wall was a most amazing experience! The views were beautiful, and we felt a sense of accomplishment the higher we climbed! -Elise Farris
During the first week of the trip, many of us were wondering where local residents go to work out, and we found it! It is about 60 acres of parkland with beautiful trees, rivers, historic palaces, bridges, etc. Locals were power walking, meditating, swimming, and relaxing. I’ve never seen a place so breathtaking as the Summer Palace in Beijing. I almost felt surprised that the Chinese allow foreigners into such a place. #nofilter on picture – Sarah Jilbert
Biking all around the perimeter of the ancient Xi’an city walls was a great experience. We got some exercise and had a chance to have a 360° view of this city that has a history that goes back almost 300 years. The other incredible place to see in Xi’an was the Terracotta warriors. It was impressive to see this huge army that was built to protect the emperors tomb over 2000 years ago. -Patrick Cellie
Before Duquesne: Shu joins the cohort from Guangzhou, China. She has a degree in Finance, specifically International Finance, from Guangdong University of Finance Economics. Prior to joining the program, she completed internships at both the Agricultural Development Bank of China and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.
Why Duquesne: “China is experiencing a transformation. Long-term development is becoming more important that immediate profits. Finance equipped me with abilities in logical thinking and data analysis; however, I want to deepen the ability in analyzing the big picture. This is the main reason I choose the MBA.”
Beyond Duquesne: After graduation, Shu is interested in obtaining a position within a human resource consulting company.
Before Duquesne: Violet joins our program from Jieyang, China; however, she has also lived in Leeuwarden, Netherlands and Guangzhou, China. She attended Guangdong PZ College of China where she majored in financial management.
Why Duquesne: “I choose this program because it is fast and new. I liked that it the program was one year, and also that it focuses on sustainability.”
Beyond Duquesne: Upon completion of the program, Violet is looking for a job in the consulting area. Lucky for Violet, this program allows us to gain hands on consulting experience, which will make her well prepared for any position in the area of consulting.
Background: Jingyan joins the cohort from Beijing, China. She has a degree in Biotechnology from the Zhejiang University of Technology. Prior to the program, she worked in human resources at Xiamen International Bank. Her daily work included booking interviews, screening potential employees, and recording meeting minutes.
Why Duquesne: Jingyan chose this MBA program for a variety of reasons. Firstly, the one-year program attached her because she wants to graduate to pursue her career. Secondly, she wants to supplement her education in biotechnology with business. Thirdly, she understands that sustainability is a current megatrend. She shared that “Chinese corporations have begun to pay more attention to sustainability nowadays. They want to build up a sustainable business modules and I want to keep pace with that trend.”
Beyond Duquesne: After graduation, she wants to continue her career in the area of human resources to eventually become a HR manager.