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Maintaining relationships in Shanghai

Our Director of International Students Laura Davison spends time in Shanghai every year as maintaining global relationships is so pivotal for our student wellbeing.

Laura Davison with QMC Old Girl Chelsea Qian.
Laura Davison with Old Girl Chelsea Qian in Shanghai.

Queen Margaret College welcomes students from all over the world as part of our international programme.

One of the largest cities our International students come from is Shanghai, where girls’ parents work in everything from banking to women’s rights.

“Our girls from Shanghai are very happy at QMC. The transition to Wellington and QMC is made very easy for them, even though Wellington is considerably smaller than Shanghai,” says Laura.

As part of the holistic care and wellbeing for our international students Laura goes to Shanghai annually to visit families of current and past students and Old Girls.

Whilst there she also networks with Chinese agents and shares information about the special environment QMC can provide for students.

Sharing the stories of successful Old Girls who work in varied careers provides the security that parents need to be assured our school is of international standard.

On her most recent visit, Laura saw international Old Girl Chelsea Qian who works in Shanghai in Human Resources at recruitment firm Michael Page.

“Chelsea was an international student with us who then went on to do Psychology in Melbourne and Fudan University in Shanghai. She lived in Melbourne for a while but recently moved back to Shanghai to be closer to her grandparents,” Laura says.

Laura has also visited Old Girls Isabelle Schoo and Nina Powles who lived there at the time.

“Isabelle did commerce in Dunedin before going on to do a Masters Degree in Fashion Event Management in Paris and Shanghai.”

“Nina Powles was on scholarship at Fudan University when I visited her. Fudan is a top university in China and to have both Nina and Chelsea attend on scholarships is extraordinary,” Laura says.

Laura says although it will be a while before she goes back to Shanghai herself she looks forward to welcoming visiting students from Shanghai South West Weiyu School in August.

“We visited them last year so it will be wonderful to see how they enjoy New Zealand,” Laura says.