Outside of all of the educational skills I learned through this program, MAIS challenged me in no way that I have been challenged before
"After attending the World Conference of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) in Beijing in August, 2016, I have been able to accurately reflect on what the MAIS program has done for me.
Presenting my thesis at this conference and reminiscing with my classmates and my thesis adviser reminded me of how far I have come and what the MAIS program has done for me. Currently, I work as a Higher Education Consultant for Hobsons; an education software company based in Washington D.C. The tangible skills I need to use every day to succeed at my job were fortified during my time in the MAIS program including: organization, efficiency, balancing multiple responsibilities, and problem-solving. Outside of all of the educational skills I learned through this program (which are now invaluable to me) MAIS challenged me in no way that I have been challenged before. This is how I have grown as an individual; not only becoming a better teacher and educational ambassador, but improving my day-to-day skills that cannot be quantified.
Lastly, the education industry in the United States is filled with Chinese students, graduates, and fellow former Chinese expats. The minute I mention my program, what I did, my time in Hangzhou, and what my research focused on, I gain instant credibility and attention. The program is so unique that anyone remotely connected to China is instantly interested. That is the other main benefit of finishing this program, and one that I did not foresee. Networking in the education industry has been seamless due to my unique experience in the MAIS program.
Thank you MAIS and all the professors & administrators associated with this program. I would not be in the place I am today without it.
-Sam Luby (Cohort 2014)
I am definitely enjoying it!
"Working at a job that would not have been possible had I not worked in China and worked toward a master's degree with Concordia. I am buying parts and planning for a multinational semi-conductor company. I speak Spanish and Chinese every day. Other than the hours behind the computer, I am definitely enjoying it!"
-Patrick Joyce '09
Having the chance to live, study, and work in China has opened my eyes to the world
"The MAIS program is certainly one of a kind. It is not often that you find an international program that is located in the country of study. Being an MAIS student has certainly given me a life experience. Having the chance to live, study, and work in China has opened my eyes to the world and I was able to develop myself as a person. You will build a close bond with your Cohort, Dr. Kim and Professor Wyman will become your surrogate parents, and you will create your own group with your Chinese co-workers, students, and/or neighbors. If you work hard, finish assignments on time, and stay positive, the MAIS program will be a very rewarding and exciting adventure."
-Shawntia Key '10