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Qiao: "Companies here are involved from the start"

Qiao radiates precision and confidence when talking about her life at the University of Gothenburg. She explains the importance of the city having a good economy, friendly citizens and an innovative business environment.

“We have a lot of guest speakers in the courses, from companies such as SKF and Volvo. There are also opportunities for internships and even scholarships – like the one I have from Volvo Group. We get to
know the reality of the working environment and what sort of challenges the companies face.”

Learning how Swedish people do business 

Qiao points out that Swedes are very positive to the idea of students studying and working at the same time. “It’s very encouraging. I’m learning how Swedish people do business: what’s culturally important, the social norms – how people communicate. These intangible things are important to my future.”

Group work makes you better at arguing your points

But surely, cultural differences must have been challenging at times?
“When lecturers asked me to elaborate on my point of view, I noticed
I didn’t have much training in this. I wasn’t accustomed to it – I needed time to prepare my thoughts. But with group work and practice you get better at it, arguing your points and persuading others. Swedish students are good at this. I’m improving but I still have a way to go.”

 

About Qiao Hua

  • Comes from Chongqing, Southwest China.
  • Studying a Master of Science in International
    Business and Trade
  • Before this she did a Bachelor in Shanghai and worked in Beijing for a few years.
  • Qiao has a Volvo Group Scholarship which includes her tuition fee, mentorship, summer work and the opportunity to do a thesis for the company.
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