Mount Union Students Prepared for Global Economy
May 24, 2012
ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union prepares students for careers in a global economy, as is evidenced by two recent graduates.
Both Jared Haw, an economics major of Hudson, OH and Carolyn Ch’ng, an economics major of Malaysia, will spend time post-graduation far from home. Haw plans to move to China to work as an international market and business developer at Chuang Hung in Xiamen, China. Ch’ng plans to continue her education, pursuing a doctoral degree in economics from Duke University. Both cite their experience at Mount Union as a helpful tool in preparing them for the future.
Haw, who has always had in interest in international business, studied abroad in India as a sophomore. During the summer before his senior year, Haw traveled to Peking University in Beijing, China with Dr. Liangwu Yin, professor of history and director of the Asian Studies Program at Mount Union. During his month-long stay, Haw worked at Chuang Hung CHS. The company is a stone exporter, manufacturing cut-to-size stones for residential buildings.
“I did a lot of networking out of the job and met a lot of interesting people,” Haw said. “Mount Union really does want students to study abroad. It opens your mind up to the rest of the world and I think it’s a very good opportunity. The program Mount has makes it very affordable to study abroad.”
Ch’ng, who hopes to eventually land a career in economic research, said Mount Union was a good fit for her as well.
“I did very well at Mount Union and that gave me a lot of confidence and the belief that I can do something in this field,” she said. “It was interesting coming from a different education system and being in a place with different weather, norms and culture. I’ve enjoyed meeting and learning about Americans and other international students.”
As an international market and business developer, Haw will work to internationally market Chuang Hung to Chinese and American businesses. He will live with his boss and plans to take in the culture while he’s in China as well, planning trips to Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Ch’ng plans to be in school for the next five years, but said she is open to living in any geographical location once she completes her doctorate.
Haw and Ch’ng both have support from their families, but have faced challenges in living so far from home.
“My parents got used to the idea,” Haw said. “They knew I wanted to do this because I always talked about living abroad, even when I was younger. My dad was an advocate of international business — he worked with people overseas a lot. He always told me it’s not going to be a one-dimensional world; it will be globalized.”
“They miss me and it’s tough during occasions like birthdays, holidays and traditional celebrations because I am so far away,” Ch’ng said. “However, they are really proud of me and support me in every way.”