The Master of Public Policy Program teaches students the skills they need to succeed in the U.S. and abroad. Many of international students who have returned to their home countries have applied what they have learned to a diverse range of careers. Here we catch up with two MPP alumni currently working in China:
2015 graduate Keran is currently working at the China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation. COFCO Group, based in Beijing, owns many different companies but is particularly focused on the food processing and manufacturing industry. On a daily basis, Keran assists in completing administrative tasks, writes reports and articles, and provides additional support for the company.
In the future, Keran would like to use the knowledge he has developed to become an entrepreneur. He says that he will continue to accumulate valuable skills and experience through this work at COFCO Group to help prepare for his own business.
Reflecting on his time in the MPP program, Keran thinks that problem-solving skills and a methodological approach to thinking have been the most valuable lessons for him.
Keran urges MPP students to take advantage of internship opportunities. A good balance between work experiences and their studies can benefit their future career as well as teach them important concepts.
For international students, he says that these experiences can help understand the United States, its government, and social practices.
2014 graduate Xiaoyu Chen currently works at Ocean University of China. She serves as a teaching assistant in the School of Literature. Xiaoyu also helps students who participate in a cooperative summer program with Ohio State University. She introduces exchange students to Chinese culture and helps them integrate into their host families. Xiaoyu has also given lectures about international relations between China and the U.S.
On top of these activities, Xiaoyu is currently helping a friend who owns a venture capital company. She uses her skills to assist with business plans, public relations, and creating data reports.
Like Keran, Xiaoyu feels that the MPP program’s training in analytical thinking was the most important part of her education. She can easily deal with concepts in international relations and understand how different interest groups may interact.
Xiaoyu plans to pursue a doctoral degree in the U.S. or Hong Kong. She would like to do research that would support better U.S.-Chinese relations and design policies to help everyone in society take part in its benefits.
She recommends that MPP students take an active approach to participating in and learning about the organizations they’re interested in.