Guiding to Graduate Schools Workshop
The purpose of sharing this information is to enhance the understanding about Graduate studies in foreign countries. Four international faculty members at College of Business and Public Management (CBPM), Kean University (Wenzhou campus) share their experiences of Graduate school application, admission, and completion.
Dr. Jahidur Rahman (PhD, City University of Hong-Kong)
Dr. Candy Lim Chiu (PhD, Kyoto University, Japan)
Dr. Mohammad Mousavi (PhD, University of Edinburgh, UK)
Dr. Jeonghwan (Jerry) Choi (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Organizers: From Left to Right
Helen (Hou Yiwen), Zagan (Chen Juefan), Afra (Man Quitong), Ariana (Xu Yunxin), Fredericka (Ge Yunuo).
Dr. Jahidur Rahman (PhD, City University of Hong-Kong) talks about the importance of "Evaluation Metrics liks standard scores, GPA, and experiences from extracurricular activities".
Dr. Candy Lim Chiu (PhD, Kyoto University, Japan) talks about "Prepare a complete application package including SOP, required qualifications, portfoloio".
Dr. Mohammad Mousavi (PhD, University of Edinburgh, UK) talks about the unique characteristics of UK graduate programs and importance of "purpose of graduate study".
Dr. Jeonghwan (Jerry) Choi (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) talks about American graduate programs and suggests a "Template" that can help applicants organizing and preparing graduate school applications.".
Question & Answers:
(In China, Bilibili Video)
What Graduate Schools You can choose?
1. Ranking Approach
50-50 Initiative (More than 50% graduates; Go to top 50 Graduate Schools)
For Business Students,
Best Business Schools (Bloomberg Ranking)
2. Purpose Based Approach
According to the purpose of your study, you can choose the "Most Appropriate Graduate Program".
Area or Region? (UK, USA, NYC?)
Field of study? (Data Analytics, HR Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Technology Management)
Network? (Your personal network in a specific field or region)
- Terminal Career Goal? (PhD, Hotel Manager, Social Entrepreneur?)
How to get a strong recommendation letter for Graduate school application?
please refer to http://leadershipcenter.tistory.com/444
Recommendation Request Form
A Samples Recommendation Letter Instruction (Evaluation letter for an applicant)
Please evaluate the candidate and comment on the following:
1. What do you consider to be the applicant's primary talents or strengths?
2. Discuss the applicant's weaknesses and the efforts, if any, the applicant has made to improve in these areas.
3. Comment on the applicant's ability and willingness to work in a team environment.
4. Describe your observations concerning the applicant's leadership.
5. How will a graduate business degree contribute to new employment, or the candidate's managerial advancement in his/her current organization?
6. Provide any further comments that you believe would aid the committee in the evaluation of the applicant.
A Samples Recommendation Letter
A Samples Statement of Purpose (SOP)
A Samples Statement of Purpose (SOP): Wenzhou Kean Student (500 words)
I, _______ , am writing this essay to apply for the MS in Finance program at the University of _____________.
First and foremost, my main purpose of applying for the program is to grow myself as a global financial problem-solver in the field of social entrepreneurial finance, particularly in community economic development through building innovation cluster in developing countries like China, Vietnam, and Sub-Saharan Africa in the global economy.
From my previous research of the Development Trend of Industrial Cluster in Wenzhou, the economy in China now developed in an imbalanced way. That is a few leading cities are economically growing quickly while many underdeveloped cities are declining because of unequal financial resource distribution issue. The problem of unequal financing for community economy development is one of the most critical problems that need to be addressed in development country’s economy. I want to learn about advanced knowledge about the financial problem-solving skills from your institution – the best graduate program for social entrepreneurial finance to address the issue in developing countries.
Second and specifically, I want to learn from the case of St. Louis city’s transition to Small-Medium Enterprise (SME) friendly local community economy development model in the perspective of entrepreneurial financing. I was acknowledged that St. Louis was an example of declining community economy, which is similar to Wenzhou – a second tier industrial city in China. From my personal communication with Dr. Choi – a founder of UC Smiles (a local currency social enterprise) at Urbana-Champaign, IL, I get to know that WUSTL have been successfully addressing the community economy problem in terms of Entrepreneurial Finance. I get a keen interest in the St. Louis community economy development model speculated in developing SMEs through entrepreneurial financing strategies and policies.
At the Wenzhou community economy development project, I observed that financing to a few number of Championing companies did not work well in developing the community economy. For example, those leading companies, who took most entrepreneurial financial resources from central and local government, encountered economic crisis when their big global customers (e.g. Samsung) faced a problem in 2016 (Galaxy Note 7 – burning battery issue). Consequently, many SMEs at Wenzhou bankrupted and the local economy quickly declined. I would like to learn what will be better entrepreneurial financing strategies and policies in developing SME friendly local community economy from the living case of _____ city.
Third and finally, I would like to elaborate my inquiry of social entrepreneurial financing as a global initiative at _______. I know that _________ has a strong tradition of multidisciplinary and diversified global initiatives for public value creation. I want to be a part of it and I am eager to contributing the legacy. I strongly believe that my inquiry of social entrepreneurial financing for developing countries is well aligned with the mission of the __________ graduate program.
Shortly, I will be growing as a financial problem-solver who would address the financing issues in developing innovative local community economy at developing countries.
TOEFL Waiver Example
As a four-year fully English speaking American college, WKU students can get TOEFL waiver from many English speaking graduate schools.
This is an example of applying for the TOEFL waiver. WKU student can get this certificate from the "Registration Office" and provide it with the application package. Please check out the availability of the TOEFL waiver at target graduate programs.
How to Prepare CV or Resume
Please see the following article of Dr. Gaeon Seo at Princeton University.
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