Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Our Business Is a Bright New World; Why Would You Want Leave This Region Now? That Is the Question Posed by Professor Feng Li

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Our Business Is a Bright New World; Why Would You Want Leave This Region Now? That Is the Question Posed by Professor Feng Li

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AS SOMEONE who moved from abroad to study here, then later decided to work here, I have seen first hand the enormous change the city has undergone over the past two decades.

More and more people from all over the world are coming to Newcastle to study, to work, to set up businesses, and to enjoy the superb quality of life here.

In my opinion there has never been a better time to come to work and study in the North-East.

Many years ago, I came to Newcastle University to do a PhD, primarily because a world-renowned professor in my field was based here. The place itself was still in decline due to problems with traditional industries, such as coal mining and ship building.

Back then, the Quayside was a run-down area, and there was no Baltic or Millennium Bridge. The city centre was very different too. In some parts of the North-East, the unemployment rate was as high as 25% and there were not the graduate opportunities that existed else where in the UK.

Unfortunately, like so many others back then, I was forced to move away soon after I completed my study.

Today things could not be more different. After decades of significant in vestment and economic restructuring, everything is on the up - fast.

More and more people are returning to the region. In fact people from all over the world are coming to the North-East to North-East to setting-up businesses and bringing up their families in a dynamic and friendly environment. I now find the North-East a fantastic place to live and to work and things are improving all the time.

Newcastle University Business School has always been popular with UK undergraduates and overseas students and it is rapidly developing into one of the best business schools in the country.

The Business School has been playing a significant role in bringing people to the region. Over the past five years, the university has made significant strategic investments to the Business School, which is now home to over 70 academic staff from all corners of the World.

The School is now internationally recognised for its research work in areas ranging from e-Business and Social Informatics, to Knowledge and Innovation Management. …

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