Simon Clarke

MSc Financial Economics candidate

I chose this course with the intention of exploring the intersection between the international business theory studied in Years 1 and 2, and how that can be applied in the unique setting of Chinese culture. However, I certainly wasn't expecting quite the level of opportunity, both curricular and extra-curricular, that this particular course offers. I was forced to apply what I learnt in a completely unfamiliar terrain when I was awarded a scholarship to study for a year in Taiwan following my first year in DIT. The opportunities and challenges continued unabated, and in the summer following year 2 I was chosen as the most suitable candidate to represent Ireland in the world Chinese language proficiency competitions. While on exchange in year 3, I had a weekly radio show, represented the host university in municipal debating championships, and hosted functions at the university. As the focus of the course is on international business within an Asian context, it was fitting that I interned at a leading multinational agency in Hong Kong following this exchange year. During the final year, I passed the highest level Chinese proficiency exam, the HSK level 6. My final achievement has been to participate in an entrepreneurial programme funded by the EU, which sees participants work together to consult with clients and social enterprises in an international setting.


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