Hua Qian (Cheryl)
BSc (Hons) Business Economics
BA (Hons) International Management
LLM International Business Law
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My UK/ARU study experience so far!
I arrived to Cambridge in the mid-September 2015, it is now well over 5 months since I first settled in. I have completed my premaster pathway course with Cambridge Ruskin International College during my first 3-month of study and am now embarked on to my taught postgraduate study in International Business Law with Anglia Ruskin University.
The UK postgraduate education system is nothing like what is in China – country of my birth. In essence, I am treated as an adult here; the system provides ample amount of time for individuals doing their autonomous research - in particular, you learn through reading by yourself while actively communicating with your course-leader or lecturers for one-on-one tutoring and guidance. In this sense, your now academic rigour reflects large parts of your study outcome in the near future, i.e., the lengthy hours spent reading and brooding over textbooks and abstruse academic journals lays down the very foundation of building up your subject knowledge. The quality of your study is usually assessed at towards the end of each term in the form of coursework, subjected presentation, major project and perhaps exam.
Such paradigm of studying is designed with elegance – you are trusted, again, as a responsible and mature grownup, and you are given all the time in the world to manage your own study. But I was fascinated to find (I am speaking based on the de facto personal experience) that studying here in the city of Cambridge is proven to be not only the most rewarding experience, and also, surprisingly, it represents rather a “challenge” pertaining to the regime of self-governing-study - Cambridge is a kaleidoscope that brings dazzling colours into a student’s life, which makes the young minds even harder to be engrossed fully in reading dry materials. I’ll tell you more in my next blog – watch out for it!
You can access Cambridge University facilities – bet you didn’t know that!
My faculty, the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences of which the Anglia Law School is a part, offers extensive collections of books and journals which very much satisfies me and my fellow law students’ appetite for academic research. And things get even better! As an Anglia Ruskin postgraduate student, we are granted with free readers’ right to use Cambridge University’s library and all of its affiliated libraries which includes the Squire Law Library. Was I a little over excited when I first got my Cambridge University library’s card? Embarrassingly yes! But then again, there is absolutely no reason to not be happy about getting access to the world’s most endowed academic libraries. This incentive subtly encourages me to study harder and aiming higher – I personally feel more motivated and concentrated while reading inside these venues. And now, going to the Squire has becoming an integral part of my daily study.
By visiting the University’s campuses frequently, I also discovered announcements for open lectures and seminars. These academic events are focused on current international affairs, heated political discussion and cutting edge technology developments. They are organised by Cambridge University’s faculties, colleges and sometimes by their student societies and they are free for the public to join. I started to attend selectively and diligently. Whilst my interests are specific to legal and political topics, in almost all the cases, the invited guest speakers are those of the esteemed academia, industry-leading experts or journalists and activists, whatever the topic. On top of their prominence, the speakers are genuinely passionate to share their knowledge and often provocative political opinion with a large or even very small audience. I was particularly inspired by last week’s emotion-ridden debate on academic boycotting against Israel. I don’t have my side in this given issue at the moment, but I found myself very involved emotionally nonetheless. To me, lecture hopping provides just as much excitement as any exotic island hopping experience may offer, at least to some extent. I do appreciate the fact that I am literarily living inside the TED on a regular basis.
Hua Qian (Cheryl)
LLM International Business Law
In terms of the world’s top university cities, why Cambridge is arguably second to none?
Cambridge is a household name representing prestige of education, it is an aesthetically pleasant landscape, with heritage-enriched settlements, state of the art research facilities and all-year-round-demographic-appropriate public culture events. All elements of the system, including the segregation of the University’s exceedingly accomplished members and associates, and the fruitful academic contributions that benefits mankind’s intellectual advancement throughout history, are conditions that are all present in Cambridge.
Living and studying with Anglia Ruskin in the city of Cambridge may be an experience that will well exceed many international student’s expectations: extracurricular academic activities, crème de la crème social events and beautiful natural scenery – a cocktail that quenches the thirst of sophisticated and curious individuals alike.
In order to experience these privileges, it is necessary for one to get on to a journey of discovery, to discover not only value-added resources in the English higher education system, more importantly, it is a journey of self-discovery, you have to be passionate enough to care and therefore plan the moments throughout the entire process of pursuing knowledge. After all, studying abroad is an economy of the total experience which can easily become the most valuable asset of your lifetime. So take full advantage of the opportunities!
I am a proud student from Anglia Ruskin University, I am also an enthusiastic temporary resident of Cambridge. And now I have to take my eyes away from the kaleidoscope and get back to work on my course assignments for a little bit. Wish me luck!
P.S. ARU future students, we are entitled to a 5% discount at the Cambridge University Press bookstore. Go knock yourselves out!