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BioSketch Emma L.
Name: Emma L.
Date of Birth: May
Home Address: Kungsgatan , Trollhättan,
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Born and raised in Trollhättan, a Swedish
mediumsized city near the West Coast. From here I moved when I graduated from High School,
eager to get away. I came as far as to Gothenburg where I started my
– With the purpose of widening
my perspective and broadening my education I applied to Fudan University
in Shanghai. I was accepted and have been studying my master at the
School of International Relations and Public Affairs by Fudan University
since August . My studies here emphasise Chinese policymaking,
but also international relations in general, incorporating Mandarin
language learning. With the purpose of further increasing my understanding
society I have taken courses outside my department, for example Chinese
religion, history, and society, but also Doing Business in China
from the Economics Department. I will graduate in Spring receiving a Commenced Master Degree
in Chinese Politics and Diplomacy.
– I have always been interested
in how the world works and watching the news has almost been the highlight
of my day. Since Economic analysis is used throughout society I started
to study Economics and I pursued my Undergraduate Degree in Economics
at the School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University,
majoring in Environmental Economics. It was here that my
interest for issues related to globalisation and development started
to grow, realising that there are huge challenges in the world but also
Tekn. Dr. Marcus Wallenberg’s Scholarship
Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship
for International Students
Erik and Göran Ennerfelt’s Scholarship
for International Studies for Young Swedes
Rotary Trollhättan Scholarship for Successful
High School Students
– After I had lived in Shanghai
for a couple of months I got an opportunity to work for Shanghai New
Oriental School, where I worked parttime for almost a year teaching
young Chinese children English. This job was very stimulating. Communicating
with year olds in a language they do not know, without knowing their
language either, taught me to be creative and that you cannot always
plan everything. It also gave me a chance to practice my skills in the
Chinese language. Beside the fun of teaching I had a unique insight
in Chinese society and culture at least of the more privileged ones
by interacting with the children and their parents, as well as with
the staff at the school.
– As an inexperienced young student,
I wanted to be part of an International event where I had the chance
to meet people with the same kind of interest. With that in mind I applied
for and was selected to work as an assistant at a conference for the
European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists EAERE
that was held on Gothenburg University in June . Helping to organise
a big conference like that involved preparing practical things for
example to make sure there were enough materials and how to distribute
them before the conference, guiding people and giving the right information
during the conference, summing up and evaluating after the conference.
This gave me valuable experience in dealing with people from all over
the world in an international climate.
– I have always been very
interested in literature and I enjoy reading almost as much as I enjoy
writing. My favorite book is “Crime and Punishment” by Dostoyevsky.
During High School and my first years at University I worked parttime
in a bookshop. This gave me the opportunity to preview new publications
and give recommendations to people lost in the book jungle.
– As all Swedes know, the salaries
in Norway are far better than in Sweden. So when I got the chance to
go to Oslo and work for a summer I took it. I was hired by Manpower
and I had different jobs from week to week. This taught me the value
of flexibility and to deal with situations and tasks that I was not
The Chinese market offers many opportunities,
and since a friend of mine recently started her own clothing brand I
have helped her getting in contact with retailers and factories in the
Shanghai area. Being her agent in China has offered great challenges;
trying to communicate in Chinese to seek the best deals.
In I received the
Young Enterprise Ung Företagsamhet Exam “Credit” for having started
and managed a small business together with a group of friends during
the last year of High School. This gave me a unique insight into the
knowledge and understanding needed to participate successfully in the
business world, enabling me to improve interpersonal, communication
and teamworking skills.
Interests and Activities
I have a variety of interests that I
want to involve in my life and physical challenge is one of them. In
I completed Lidingöloppet, km, the world’s largest crosscountry
race with more than participants every year, from over countries.
In they started a twin race in China, in Changchun Province that
is called Lidingöloppet China, which in had participants.
This and the Great Wall Marathon will be my next athletic challenges.
Another challenge is travelling and experiencing
life from all sorts of different perspectives. During my Undergraduate
studies I took one semester off and went travelling extensively throughout
South East Asia for six months in . I was able to do this since
I had a faster study pace the following two semesters. Among the places I visited are Thailand, Malaysia
I also have an interest in scuba diving,
something that I picked up when I was travelling in Thailand and took
my diving certificate.
The next thing I want to do is travel
by land from China to Sweden, starting in Beijing taking the TransManchurian
line to Tarskaya and from there take the TransSiberian line to Moscow.
From Moscow I will continue by train to Berlin, passing through Belarus
and Poland. Finally, from Berlin it will be a piece of cake to get to
When I moved to Shanghai I started a
blog that now has a large group of readers. The
reason why I started the blog was to be able to share my experiences
in China with my friends and family, and even strangers, back home.
Now it has become a habit that I really like and it is a good way to
reach out to many people at the same time.
Languages: Swedish native
Mandarin Chinese intermediate
Computer Skills: Advanced
Internet Communication Skills, MC Office, SPSS
Driving license: Full clean years
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Wu Chengqiu, Associate Professor at Department
of International Politics, School of International Relation and Public
Affairs, Fudan University, Email Address: ,
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Thomas Sterner, Professor of Environmental
Economics at Gothenburg University, Email Address: , Phone No: +