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Mark (Xiangrong) Lin

MSc International Business & CEMS-MIM 2018


MSc '18, Ivey Business School

Briefly, describe your background and profile. Think about how Ivey is/will complement your own personal background and experience. 

I was born in Harbin, a major city heavily influenced by Russian culture, located in north-east China, which used to be known as Manchu. My family moved to China's economic engine Shanghai, where the Yangtze river merges into the East China sea, in 2003 when I was eleven years old. After finishing high school in Shanghai, I came to Canada to study business. I have been living in London, Ontario for five years now and earned a bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies at Western University. The reason I decided to pursue the Ivey MSc in International Business is to follow my passion for being an entrepreneur and bring modern management skills and ethics into the operation of my father's company and help him expand the business to North America and south-east Asia.

What were you most nervous about when you began the program? Has that nervousness eased, and/or how have your expectations been met/exceeded?

I was most nervous about my English when I began the program. Despite the fact that I did my undergraduate studies in Canada and had extensive public speaking experiences since elementary school, I still feared that my mastery over English might not be proficient enough to express my ideas intelligently and defend my argument effectively in class. I was afraid of being judged and deemed a weak contributor of in-class discussion. My nervousness eased after attending several lectures at Ivey, and I learned that nearly everyone struggled with in-class participation to some extent, and the professors at Ivey were extremely supportive and always strive to inspire rather than criticize the students. My classmates at Ivey are extremely supportive too. I have received much help and encouragement from them. After a semester at Ivey, not only have I become confident in engaging in effective discussion in class, but I’ve also gained many friends while listening to their insights and challenging their arguments.

Think back to when you were researching business schools. What did Ivey offer you that other schools did not? What made it a good fit for you?

In addition to its prestigious name and well-connected alumni network, what made Ivey stand out when I was researching business schools was its unique case method of teaching and the opportunity to travel around the world while doing a master's degree. I strongly believe that participating in the intensive in-class discussion and small group meetings is the most efficient way for international students hone their communication skills and develop confidence with speaking English. On top of that, case study always provides a student with a context and simulates what happens in the real business world, which I believe is the best way to sharpen my business acumen. I also have always wanted to study in Europe and do business in south-east Asia, and the CEMS exchange program and the Ivey Global Lab provide exactly what I aspired.


  • Bachelors of Management and Organizational Studies- Finance, Western University