MAE Alumnus Uses his Degree to Help Other Chinese Students Study Abroad
Weihua Zhu’15 is the founder and CEO of Kings Education in Shanghai, China. His company, in cooperation with several Chinese universities, helps Chinese students study abroad. Four years after starting Kings Education in 2008, Zhu decided he needed to study abroad and further his education to improve himself and make a positive change on his company.
“I chose University of Findlay in 2013 after comparing many universities. Findlay has a long history of traditions in many aspects and is a very small and safe city, which is very important for studying abroad. Findlay also offered IELP (Intensive English Language Program) courses. All of these factors combined with a good location, which was not far from the Detroit Airport, made Findlay a great choice,” said Zhu.
He chose to pursue Findlay’s Master of Arts in Education (MAE), Human Resource Development strand. This specific strand of Findlay’s MAE meets the increasing demand for human resource professionals who can design and implement training programs and establish a learning dynamic for the entire organization.
Zhu indicates that his degree has done just that and more. “The courses I had at Findlay gave me many guides in training my employees and how to build a strong team. I also learned about the ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, which helped me develop some good habits,” said Zhu. Interactions with his professors were positive as well. He spoke highly of his advisor and instructor, Chris Moser, Ed.D. “He was a very good teacher. He was very patient with all of his students and also very respectful to different cultures.”
He didn’t just leave University of Findlay with a master’s degree. Zhu also had many cultural and personal experiences that have stuck with him to this day. “I was invited many times to spend Christmas and other traditional holidays with locals. I also made wood carvings with friends and even celebrated Chinese New Year in a local church. The two years I spent there were a rich and meaningful time for me.”
When asked about his most memorable moment in his career thus far, he points to the moment he was able to move into his new office in Lujiazui, Shanghai, which is famous as a financial center of Shanghai. “My company gives students advice on studying abroad. We help our students make their American dreams come true. I am proud of my job.”