It has been a great honourto study in IS Division together with my dear professors, IS staff and fellow colleagues in the past four years. I could still recall thevery firstdivisional welcome session I attended. At that time, I wasa new student of IS Division,who wasfull of ambitions, dreaming of the colourfullife in university. Four years from then on, both mydivision and university have changed significantly, so has the world in which we are living. Due to the multi-disciplinary characteristic, IS degree programmesprovide a large range of modules which cover various topic arenas, including comparative politics, European Union, international organizations, global politics, international political economy, international relations theory, political research methods, security studies, diplomacy, nationalism and ethnicity,conflict resolution, and history, etc. They have been both enjoyable and enlightening, providing me with various perspectives on international affairs, enhancing my ability of critical thinking and independent reflection.The foundation paved in IS Division will be of significant value in my future development.
Frankly speaking, studying in the IS Division can be very stressful, especially when the essay deadlines are approaching whilst you have to do presentations in seminars. On the other hand, however, it is an enjoyable experience. When you get more familiar with the topic and hence achieve a better understanding on international affairs during writing an essay, or become increasinglyconfident in the practice of presentations, you will feel a great bliss. Also, IS Division allowsstudenttochoose their preferred modules from a list of optional courses, including courses of IS Division and those of other divisions such as Division of International Communicationsand Nottingham University Business School China (NUBSC). Students therefore have chance to enrich their knowledge of various majors.
Apart from academic work, I have been working in UNNC Model United Nations Association (MUNA) since my first year in the university, as bothDirector of Academic Research Department (2008-2009) andSenior Advisor(2009-2011). Closely related to my major, MUNA provides an ideal platform on which I can apply what I have learned in lectures and seminars to practical circumstances.By organizing and participating into MUN activities on various levels, I developed my awareness of the vital significance of a well-functioning civil societyand enhanced the sense of responsibility as both national andglobal citizen. MUN also offer opportunitiesto meet talent students with unique backgrounds from differentmajors, universities, regions, and countries. I recommend future IS students to engage in MUNA.
The teaching team of IS Division is a highly respectable one which consistsof experienced professors from various countries, who enjoydistinguished reputation in their respective academic field. I feel a great privilege to have them as my tutors and I would like to pay a tribute to all of them for their seasoned guidance and gracious supportalong the way which I have been following, andduringmy postgraduate application process. Especially,I would like to send my gratitude to Dr. David E. KIWUWA for being such an excellent personal tutorwho always provides considerable support to me; to Dr. Joseph B. ASKEW for his seasoned supervision to my dissertation; to Dr. IvayloGATEV for his valuable assistance in the working process of my dissertation. Special thankfulness isalso paid to Dr. May TAN-MULLINS, Dr. GernotKLANTSCHNIG, and Dr. Catherine GOETZE for their significant help during the days I spendin IS Division. Meanwhile, I would like to extend a salute toDr. RosariaFRANCO, Dr. Sergey RADCHENKO, Dr. Liam MCCARTHY(UK campus), Dr. Gulshan KHAN (UK campus), Dr. GUO Yannan (UK campus), and Dr. Andreas FULDA (UK campus). All of them are mymodule tutors, from whom I have learned a great deal, and theirmodules always are interesting and instructive. Additionally, I would like to thank Ms. Teresa WANG for her restless hard work as the divisional assistant of Faculty Office.UNNC is famous for its attractivestudent-staff ratio comparing with other Chinese universities(especially those in Mainland), and it is even impressive in IS Division. Students have more opportunities to voice their opinions and have effectiveinteraction with their professors. I have always been enjoyingthe debate and discussion withmy colleagues and professors in seminars, workshops, conferences, and other circumstances. The small group of seminar allow both studentsand tutors get to know each otherbetter, and therefore work together with a high efficiency. The friendship with theseprofessors is one of the treasuresthat I value most.
Every journeyhas its end regardless how long it may be. Yet graduating from IS Division and UNNC is not a termination, but rather a new starting point. Although I have to leave my beloved division and university in one month, the numerous beautiful and joyful memories in the past four years willbe kept in my mind and heart, and I shall treasure them in the rest of my life.Looking back the way that I have passed in previous years, I must say that studying in IS Division created the opportunity to make progress and I have learned a great deal in IS Division, including prudent modesof thinking, flexible ways of learning, diverse angles of understanding. Meanwhile, IS Division considerably broadsmy vision and cultivatesme to be more tolerant, open-minded, rational, and critical, and I have a better appreciation of what Confucius said in The Analectsthat true gentlemen can interact with each other harmoniously although they may have different goals and opinions.Such attitude is not only necessary in academic area, butalso beneficial in daily life. I will always be gratefulto my dear parents for allowing me to choose themajor which I really like, anda student of UNNC IS Division is the title of which I will always be proud.