Haolun Xu

MIRAD 2018

Deputy Editor-In-Chief of the Office of Global Communications, Peking University

Haolun Xu

What brought you to study your masters at UC?

Five years ago, I chose to enrol in a masters programme in hopes of deepening my knowledge in the field of political science, and improving my employability in the public sector.

In early 2017, I originally started applying for a Master of Arts, however unfortunately did not meet the requirements. This led to the UC admissions team suggesting I apply for the Master of International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRAD) instead, and through the help of the programme coordinator, Jeremy Moses, I submitted my application. Having supportive admissions officers and programme coordinators was one of the two main factors which led me to join the first cohort for MIRAD at UC. I am still very grateful that the admissions team put time into finding alternative options with me.

The MIRAD offered internship opportunities, which I deemed very valuable. International relations and diplomacy was also something that was important to me as I planned to work in the public sector either in NZ or China to promote that bilateral relationship.

So you say you had a career in mind when you first began this journey?

Yes - my plan was to work as a policy advisor in the public sector. Although my current job is so different to what I had planned, UC taught me the skills and qualities that I needed to fulfil my current role at Peking University.

Can you tell us about that role at Peking Uni?

I work as a Deputy Editor-in-Chief at PKU's Office of Global Communications/ My main responsibility is to manage the university's social media platforms within a team of 12. I also work closely with the International Students Division to promote publicity of exchange programmes, academic cooperation and the internationalisation of PKU.

What is it you enjoy most about your role? What is it that motivates you to do a good job?

The room for personal growth, being valued, and being part of the university's internationalization I mentioned are the top three things I enjoy most.

My career at PKU started in March 2018. I have had the opportunity to learn photography and design skills, ensure personal growth with the time given to do personal interest courses, as well as further my career with promotions.

I have also had opportunities to meet and connect with key opinion leaders of academic institutions, government organisations and NGOs across the globe. I also had the honour of working with the New Zealand Embassy to China and interviewing Ambassador Clare Fearnley, and Science and Innovation Counsellor Clinton Watson - who are both PKU and UC alumni!

What UC experiences do you look back at most fondly?

Friendships! Most of my NZ friends are ones who I met whilst studying at UC. I will never forget the times we were writing together, proofreading each other's work, road trips to gaze at the Southern lights and being invited for Christmas lunch at a friend's house with her family. I also enjoy keeping my connection with my lecturer Jeremy Moses and supervisor Anne-Marie Brady. The older we get, the more valuable friends are to us.