Sun Guochen, graduate of the MSc in Banking and Finance
My one-year study experience in Switzerland was incredibly valuable, while still being fun at the same time. It draws a perfect conclusion to my postgraduate study and was also an impressive personal experience that I will never forget.
From Hong Kong to the Crypto Valley
Before coming to Switzerland, I spent four years studying in Hong Kong at Lingnan University (Master of Science in International Banking and Finance). As one of the leading global financial centres, Hong Kong offers a wide range of financial services and provides renowned education opportunities in finance and banking majors. Despite all this, I thought it was necessary for me to step outside of Hong Kong and to broaden my horizon. The dual degree programme provided by Lingnan University and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts gave me a chance to develop myself. Even more interesting for me was that the university in Switzerland is located in the so-called Crypto Valley in Switzerland, where many international FinTechs are located. When I heard about this crypto-cluster in Switzerland, I made my decision to come to Switzerland.
My favourite subject: Blockchain and Analytics
The programme provides in-depth knowledge on banking and finance subjects. To cover the latest developments in the financial industry, the programme also includes modules on new technologies, trends, and innovative business models. I enjoyed all of the courses I selected. However, if I had to choose one, Blockchain and Analytics would definitely be my favourite course. Especially the second half, taught by Prof. Dr. Fabio Sigrist. He introduced us to statistical forecasting with R, which I realised is a powerful tool for data analysis.
The university’s new campus
The newly built campus of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Rotkreuz is great, definitely beyond my expectations. It is a combination of art, design, and technology, while serving students and faculties in a convenient way at the same time. Not to mention the library, from where you have a perfect view of Mount Rigi and many places for individual study.
I enjoyed the atmosphere at the university. Our programme had quite a lot of international students. The proportion of local and international students in class was usually about 50/50. For me, it was a great opportunity to get in touch with classmates with different backgrounds. I am glad to have made friends with many of them.
The surprising part about Switzerland? People!
The most surprising thing that I found in Switzerland was the talent and dedication people have in their work at the university. I met many people who were genuinely interested in me and my development during my study in Switzerland. Before I arrived here “Who do you look up to as a role model?” might have been a difficult question for me to answer. After this one-year study experience in Switzerland, I think I have found the answer to it.
Should you study in the MSc Banking and Finance programme?
To me, studying in an environment with a dedicated faculty was a real enjoyment. I also had great opportunities to adapt to the local life in Switzerland. Long story short, the MSc B&F programme of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts is a great opportunity that you definitely do not want to miss out on.