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Home University: University of Science & Technology of China

Undergraduate Degree: Mathematics

Master’s Degree Program: Economics

Why did you decide to participate in the DBMD program?

First of all, the program saves time and I was able to get both my bachelor's and master's degrees in 5 years with a 2-year experience in the U.S. Second, Temple's information session in China was very useful and I got to know Temple and Philadelphia very well even before I applied for the program. The application procedure was also very simple.

What are the biggest advantages of the program?

The economics program is much more research-orientated and I took all my classes with the Ph.D. student at Temple, so it did make me much more prepared before I started my Ph.D. study in Hong Kong. The program is 2-years at Temple. Other than the purpose of enhancing the research background myself, this also offered enough time for me to learn the U.S. culture and travel across the U.S.

How has DBMD assisted in making your career plans possible?

I think the great professors and great courses helped me get into the Ph.D. program at HKU.