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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Rooms 8 & 9, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
Event date: 
Monday, 26 November, 2018 - 14:30 to 16:30

China Careers: Opportunity and the Middle Kingdom

Alumni perspectives, with introduction by Sir William Ehrman (Former British Ambassador to China)

Organised by the Thomas Wade Society

Monday, 26th November 14:30-16:30 in Rooms 8 & 9
Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Avenue


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In recent years, China has risen to become an economic and technological superpower with ever-increasing political clout in the global arena. Learning Chinese and studying the country’s history and culture used to be considered a niche academic exercise; but following China’s meteoric rise, nothing could be more applicable in any sector.

How does China’s growing global importance affect opportunities for students to build a career around China?

What skills and experiences does it take to pursue a “China career”?

And what is it really like to work in China?

The Thomas Wade Society (a Cambridge alumni society for Chinese Studies, established in 2009) is bringing together a diverse group of alumni from its network to discuss these and more questions as part of an inaugural “China Careers Event”. Following opening remarks by former British Ambassador to China and patron of the society, Sir William Ehrman, speakers will share their journeys from graduates of Chinese Studies to professionals working on China-related issues in institutions and sectors as wide ranging as the European Commission, business intelligence, food and beverage, and management consulting.

It's the Society's first event that brings Chinese Studies alumni back to the Faculty to talk to current students about their career paths and experiences working in China and jobs related to China. After Ambassador Ehrman's introductory remarks and alumni speakers, the Faculty's own Dr Heather Inwood will be moderating a panel discussion.

Whether you have been studying Chinese or are simply interested in the idea of working in one of the most rapidly changing countries in the world - come along on 26th November to find out more about China and meet experienced Cambridge alumni.


14:30 Introductory remarks by Sir William Ehrman (former British Ambassador to China)

14:45 Alumni speakers:

  • Guy Chambers (Swire)
  • Danielle Vrublevskis (S-RM)
  • Chris Brown (DAI Europe/Sino Campus International Education)
  • Neil Taylor (Martin Randall Travel)

15:30 Panel discussions with Q&A (moderated by Dr Heather Inwood, University Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature and Culture) 

16:00 Networking and refreshments

16:30 Close

For further information, please contact:

The Secretary
Thomas Wade Society