Graduate Sarah Liu

"I chose to study with the University of Plymouth because of its good reputation in the shipping and logistics industry. I originally come from China and decided that studying in the UK would open my mind and enrich my knowledge, as well as improving my career prospects.

As an international student, I didn't find it difficult to adjust to the different culture. I was able to take advantage of help from the University's International Office and made an effort to talk with lots of different people, from lecturers and classmates to my landlord, in order to make new friends. Taking part in any social activity was also a big help when getting to know people and settle in!

I really enjoyed my time at University of Plymouth and some of my favourite memories are of taking part in team projects and assignments with classmates from all over the world. I'm certain that my degree helped me to follow the career path I hoped for, after graduating I took an internship with OOCL (Orient Overseas Container Line), before being offered a permanent position."

Sarah achieved her goal of moving into a senior sales position. After seven years with OOCL, Sarah continues to climb the corporate ladder and recently secured a new role as Senior Key Account Manager at DHL Supply Chain China. Sarah keeps in touch with the University of Plymouth by helping to run our alumni network in Shanghai, providing opportunities to catch up with fellow graduates in and around the city and keep up to date with the latest news from Plymouth.

Further alumni

Mr Jens Buschfeld
MSc International Supply Chain Management, 2010
Current role: Management consultant logistics and SCM
Choosing the MSc postgraduate programme International SCM at the University of Plymouth as a stepping stone towards an international business career in SCM and logistics was the only logical consequence. The programme contents as well as the University´s reputation across Europe intrigues international clients in my current profession as a management consultant. Studying abroad in a vital learning environment with fellow students from around the globe helped me to improve my professional competence as well as broaden my horizon as individual – being for me the fact how this programme distinguishes itself from others.

Ms Boyang Sun
MSc International Supply Chain Management, 2010
Current role: GNSS Industry Leader, China
To study in the MSc. International Supply Chain Management programme at the University of Plymouth is one of my satisfying decisions. Not only because supply chain is playing a more and more important role in the commercial competition, but also the University of Plymouth is the great place for me to learn the relevant knowledge in a systematic way. I am working for a high-tech company, the leader in the field of GNSS industry in China. The experience of the programme helped me to understand the concerns on how to cut down the whole costs not the single link. The transition of the way of thinking does benefit me a lot in my career. For a person who is willing to focus on supply chain, I am so grateful for the programme at University of Plymouth.

Mr Christoph Stremme
MSc. International Supply Chain Management, 2008
Current role: Supply Chain Planner, Netherlands
I chose to study International Supply Chain Management at the University of Plymouth because of the program’s broad perspective on logistics and supply chain management and the opportunity to learn and live in an international environment with people from all over the world. Supply Chain Management is a really interesting programme because it is a research field in constant growth and there are no limits to your career opportunities. You learn to solve complex problems and the prerequisite and specialisation courses are really well chosen and make a very coherent programme. 

The Master degree combined with the international focus helped me to gain a foothold into my business life start working for big Chinese metal producer. After two years, I moved to an international PV producer in the Netherlands where I am currently working as Supply Chain Planner.

Finally I am certain that it was the right decision to study abroad and I can warmly recommend the Supply Chain Management programme of the University of Plymouth. 

Pipattawade Wannaree
MSc International Supply Chain Management, 2010
Current role: Teacher (SCM), Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (RMUTL), Chiang Mai, Thailand
For a boy from small village in Thailand to have a chance to study in the University of Plymouth, it was a truly my privilege. I chose to study International Supply Chain Management because I wanted to bring this knowledge and share it with Thai people. As an agricultural country, this can immensely improve the living condition of Thai citizens and eventually improve the national economy. This course has helped me and significantly exceeded my expectations. With a friendly environment, excellent and experienced lectures, it made this course look even more perfect. Definitely my first choice if I want to continue my PhD’s journey. 

Matthias Erckert
MSc. International Supply Chain Management, 2010-2011
Current role: Department Manager, Logistics and Production, Landgard GmbH
Solving problems within international groups and to increase my international network were the main arguments for choosing the MSc International Supply Chain Management programme at Plymouth Business School. Moreover I got a holistic understanding of a supply chain and enhanced my analytical skills. I had the chance to write my dissertation as a part of a research project of the University of Plymouth for a large FMCG company based in London. The guidance and support by the Tutor and the learning facilities finally lead to success and made the whole study to an impressive experience. Currently I´m employed as the department manager logistics and production at Landgard GmbH; one of Germany’s biggest companies for flowers, fruits and vegetables. The knowledge I gained at the University of Plymouth helps me to design a “field to fork” supply chain.

Ms Yingying Lee
MSc. International Supply Chain Management, 2009
Current role: Supply Chain Planner, Semi-conductor Manufacturer, Taiwan
The MSc. International Supply Chain Management program at the University of Plymouth offered me a comprehensive knowledge in the field of supply chain management and connected my future career in this specific channel. 
In Plymouth, I was part of a multi-national student group. I enjoyed the culture impact and brain storm brought by my classmates. The global vision built in those days provided me a ticket to the position in global companies that I persuaded.
My current job is a Supply Chain Planner in a semiconductor manufacturer, which is highly relevant to what I have learned from this program at University of Plymouth. For me, supply chain management is still an interesting and challenging speciality that I like to get involved in my career path.