City students visit Shanghai



The City students spent an intensive week in Shanghai in April 2016 learning from experts on the ground about China’s cooling economy, and its global repercussions.

Speakers from the prestigious economics and sociology departments of Fudan University – Professor Yin Xiangshuo and Professor Peng Xizhe – gave captivating introductions to China’s social and economic changes over recent decades.

A highlight of the 2016 trip was a visit to the sprawling high-tech campus of Alibaba, a three-hour drive from Shanghai in the city of Hangzhou, where students interviewed officials about the e-commerce company’s rapid expansion and international strategy.


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On the media side, students discussed news trends, coverage tactics and career development with inspiring journalists from international and domestic media in Shanghai including Reuters, Xinhua and the Shanghai Media Group.


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Students toured the state-of-the art studios and production centres at one of China’s biggest media businesses, watching the filming of a documentary on a territorial dispute with Japan and interviewing journalists about the challenges facing China’s economy and financial markets.

“We talked to a number of surprisingly outspoken producers and journalists about the realities of working for a state-owned broadcaster.”

Oli Rahman, City class of 2016.



On the final day, the students joined Fudan journalism students in a workshop simulating a major story on a China-Europe theme and delivered presentations on China’s economy, financial services and corporate landscape.


“This study trip is providing us with a precious opportunity to meet and discuss with a variety of experts in Shanghai. Through visits to local media organisations and discussions with western and local journalists here, I found their activities far more vibrant than I had imagined.

I am discovering the depth and complexity of discussions here, through the first-hand learning experience this trip offers.”

Takahiro Hasegawa, City class of 2016


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“The excellent line-up of speakers, journalists, economists, professors and our interactive sessions and discussions on the side have added such tremendous value to my understanding of China personally as well as professionally.

No matter where my career takes me I will be following the China story like a hawk, thanks to this trip.”


Manisha Jha, City class of 2015


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“For me, the first-hand experience shattered some of the commonly held Western perceptions about China.

In this way, I hope my reporting will benefit from being balanced and having an understanding of the broader global macro picture in whatever capacity I end up working in.”


Hannah Murphy, City class of 2015



For more information about the Marjorie Deane summer school or the Masters in Financial Journalism, please contact Steve Schifferes.