University students get helping hand from Chamber International

22 September 2017


A Swiss-Italian student has received special help with a thesis for a Chinese and Management MA at Leeds University from overseas trade specialist, Chamber International.

Flavio Boni (pictured below), 24, who holds dual Swiss and Italian citizenship, attended the University of Leeds after completing a BA in Cultural and Linguistic Mediation, focusing on Chinese, at Ca' Foscari Venice University, Italy.

Chamber International - Flavio Boni

While studying in Yorkshire, Flavio contacted Chamber International for assistance with his dissertation about the influence of export promotion services on the internationalisation of British small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in China.

Flavio says: “Chamber International’s China specialist, Matthew Grandage, helped by agreeing to be interviewed on his professional experience and by offering insights on the subject of my dissertation.

“He has worked with UK SMEs engaging with the Chinese market for many years and his professional experience was valuable in understanding how SMEs decide to use the export promotion services provided by Chamber International and by other organisations providing technical, legal or commercial assistance, cultural advice, distributor support or market research.

“He provided valuable insights which really helped me to give my dissertation a broader outlook. I have completed the one-year MA, and found most of the classes very rewarding. Some of them gave valuable skills and knowledge for work and I feel that the MA was a logical progression from my BA in Venice.”

Flavio, who is currently working in his family's hotel business in Italy, says that he finds the rise of Chinese economy and its global impact a fascinating area of research.

He adds: “My career goal would be to work in an environmental company involved in international trade with China and this was a major reason for my choice of BA, and later of MA at the University of Leeds. I hope to work in that area in the future. I’m still waiting for the results of my dissertation” 

Meanwhile two other Leeds University students, Anton Witchell-Chibber (pictured below), who is studying International History and Politics and Nicki Atkinson (pictured below), who is studying law, undertook internships at Chamber International during summer 2017.

Chamber International - Anton Witchell-Chibber and Nicki Atkinson

Anton says: “Economics plays such a vital role in studying global political relations so a chance to learn about this from an international trade perspective was really valuable and enjoyable.”

Chamber International director, Tim Bailey, says: “Our internship programme has supported scores of young people and it is very satisfying to see where their studies eventually take them. All further education eventually leads to the world of work, hopefully in a role that the student most wanted.

“We know a few interns have gone on to run their own businesses and others that hold down senior positions in business, another is a senior figure within Catalonia’s regional government in Spain and we are pleased to have assisted again this year.” 


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