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Jiang Shuying, ECO alumna and film star visits UEA

Chinese actress Jiang Shuying

UEA School of Economics alumna and award-winning Chinese actress Jiang Shuying visited UEA last Friday (8 September) as part of a UK trip to promote the benefits of links between China and the UK.

Jiang Shuying, who graduated from the School of Economics with a Master’s in Media Economics in 2012, visited Norwich as part of a week-long UK trip supported by the Department of International Trade. She came in her role as an ambassador for the UK government’s Spirit of Youth campaign, which promotes Britain’s creativity and innovation in China. 

She was welcomed to the campus by Prof Philip Gilmartin, Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Sciences, then followed by a film crew as she shared her memories of studying here. Other places she visited during her trip included the British Museum, BAFTA and the Shard in London. During this busy schedule, she also took the opportunity to meet ECO’s new Head of School, Dr Emiliya Lazarova and to catch up with one of her lecturers from when she studied with us, Dr Joel Clovis.

Dr Emiliya Lazarova said; “We were delighted to welcome back to the School of Economics our alumna Jiang Shuying (Maggie). Maggie spoke very fondly of her time studying with us and of Norwich.  It was very pleasing to hear that Economics still plays a role in her life, and what a great influence her time with us has been!”

Jiang Shuying said: “I chose to study in the UK because of the first-class educational experience provided by UK higher education institutions. But it was also to broaden my horizons. I have always been captivated by British film and fashion. I wanted to experience the culture that produced such creativity and innovation and tour the sites that inspired so many iconic films and writers, old and new. I’m honoured to be part of the Spirit of Youth campaign and to help inspire the youth of China through my experiences.”

Dr Clovis commented that: "It was a delight to welcome back Jiang Shuying (MSc Media Economics) and also SiWei Huang (BSc Business Economics), both ambassadors for the Spirit of Youth program. They were both very enthusiastic about their time here at ECO, saying in particular how open and welcoming teachers here were, she wished she had been able to come back sooner as she missed Norwich."