Student Profile: Yanchuan Huang
Yanchuan Huang is a third-year PhD Electronics and Electrical Engineering student. He is the recipient of the Santander "1-UCL" Excellence/Endeavour Award.
"It is the world-class research quality and the rich/diverse culture of UCL that attracted me to study here for three years. The spirit of UCL that accepts people regardless of their race, religion or sex has brought so many brilliant people to the university throughout history, and they as a whole contribute to the achievements of UCL today. This characteristic is coincidentally coherent with an ancient Chinese word of wisdom: Ocean is immense because it admits water from rivers and streams; a great scholar has the capacity to accommodate all matters big and small.
Daily life in UCL reflects exactly what it calls itself: London's Global University. In our research group, there are people from various nations and we work together, share knowledge, and the diversity triggers inspiration of new ideas. A traditional weekly seminar event of the research group invites top researchers from all over the world to present their latest outcome and interests. We then are able to exchange ideas with those external experts frequently and also keep ourselves updated with the rest of the world.
Besides research, the UCL PhD students are also given the chance to take multidisciplinary training and courses from other colleges in the University of London. Many of us have taken electives with the MBA students in the London Business School, where we learned the management skills and business knowledge that largely broaden our views.
International students in UCL are very well supported by various divisions of UCL. The International Office and Legal Advice centre help us with visa, tenancy, and other UK policy or law issues that are relevant to us. The UCL career service organizes careers fairs, training, one-to-one discussion and mock tests that aim to help international students integrate into corporate culture in the UK."