My interview with Dr Ye Liu, Department of International Development

Hello everyone! This is Farah, Subject Ambassador for International Development.

Later this year you’ll be starting a new journey at King’s meeting new fellow students and one of a kind academic staff. To give you an insight of one of the professors who is part of the faculty, I have interviewed Dr Ye Liu, a lecturer in International Development at King’s. I have asked her some of the questions that might be going through your mind.

Q1. Why did you choose the field of ‘International Development’ and the academia pathway?

“I was born and raised in China and I almost spend my whole career in education; I went to university specializing in teacher training as an English teacher. I later received my master’s degree in the UK in Comparative Education. I was very curious about educational provision across different countries, that was actually the starting point for me in International Development. I was very interested to know why some countries had free state education, while other countries still lack behind in terms of providing access to education. I later obtained a scholarship to do my PhD. I firmly believe in educational rights and all children around the world should be able to have the opportunity for free and meaningful education, however, it is still a long way to go.”

 

Q2. Teaching methods have diverted from literature only, what are your favourite TED talks or podcasts that you recommend students to watch/listen to, in order to expand their knowledge in International Development?

“I think that the beauty of studying in the education in the UK is the creativity in teaching methods. We do not use the ‘traditional’ text book curriculum, we encourage students to explore all different methods and sources of learning. Podcasts are very important sources in terms for interrogating and analysing different methods. I highly recommend my colleague’s podcast, Dr Alice Evans. She interviewed a wide range of scholars in International Development, I encourage all students to listen to her wide range of topics.”

 

Q3. Since you were an international student in the UK, what advice to do you have for incoming international students?

“London is such an exciting place to study, however I once was an international student and remember how such a big city can be overwhelming. I highly encourage students to engage in community learning, as a lot of research has proven that community learning has the best academic results. Students should be involved in small learning and reading groups, attending public lectures across different universities in London. London can also be an isolating and intimating at first, so a small community-based learning group can help students adjust to the busy city lifestyle and create new friendships.”

 

Q4. What tips do you have for students looking to explore their career in international development?

“I encourage students to take advantage of the opportunities available at King’s and connecting with the department’s career member and attending the events organised by our department. We also have a very strong alumni networks, such as Development Monday, a public talk about any topic related to International Development. We also have many opportunities and internships related to the fields of development. Other than the department efforts, the King’s career centre is also highly committed to support students to find career opportunities. Lastly, London is a metropolitan city that has many NGOs and organisations that specialize in different international development fields.”

Link to Dr Alice Evans podcasts: https://soundcloud.com/user-845572280

I hope you guys enjoyed this interview!

Best Wishes,

Farah